Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — Regret or Redemption?

With a slew of mediocre Marvel sequels, does Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania have what it takes to beat the odds?
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — Regret or Redemption?

Is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania the redemption of Marvel? Or has Marvel truly lost that superhero spark their fans adore so much? Since Avengers: Endgame was released, Marvel production has been increasingly getting worse. The newest Marvel offerings have been poorly received, and as fans claim,  the brand has begun to prefer quantity over quality, mass-releasing several different shows at a time—all of which are mediocre at best. Additionally, other recent movies, like the second Doctor Strange and Thor: Love and Thunder fell far below fans’ expectations, being seen as childish and lacking entertaining plots. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — Poster. Center portrays Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. Above to the right portrays Evangeline Lily as the Wasp.

The movie provided the same witty humor that the previous Ant-Man movies captured perfectly. 

So when Marvel announced a third movie to their Ant-Man sequel, the question remained of whether or not Marvel would ruin another of their well-loved franchises yet again. But, luckily for Marvel fans, Paul Rudd pulled through, as always. Though the movie opened extremely fast paced in terms of how Scott Lang (Paul Rudd’s character) and his family traveled to the quantum realm, the rest of the movie was fairly well-developed and provided the same witty humor that the previous Ant-Man movies had. 

But what really set this movie apart from the other failed productions was the formation of a somewhat-riveting plot for future projects. The main antagonist is a character called Kang the Conqueror, who has far more advanced technology than anyone has ever seen, at least in this universe. As the movie progresses, however, we find that Kang isn’t the only Kang in the universe, hence the idea of a multiverse where there are multiple versions of oneself.

This is a major idea that was explored in one of the Marvel shows many fans detested, Loki. In fact, the extra clip at the very end of the movie features Loki star, Tom Hiddleston, perfectly setting up future projects between the two productions. Originally, fans disliked Loki because the plot felt somewhat irrelevant and the story wasn’t as interesting as it could’ve been, but with this new connection to Ant-Man and the entire Marvel universe as a whole, this plot seems to be promising in terms of providing fans with that riveting story that previous productions were lacking.

Loki Season 2 is teased in the classic Marvel post-credit scene.

The movie itself explores the theme of familial struggle, which was consistently portrayed throughout the previous two movies, as Hope van Dyne and her father, Hank Pym, suffered the hardships of a relationship built on a foundation of lies. But, with Hope’s mother and Hank’s wife finally back in the picture, this tension was finally resolved and the three were able to become a happy family once again. But, will they be able to reach this same happiness again? Watch to find out!

So overall, is this movie worth watching? The answer is yes. Even if you’re not a Marvel fan, the movie itself is very entertaining and hilarious. It might be a good idea to watch the previous movies beforehand to have a good understanding of the relationships between the characters, but honestly the movie is enjoyable from whatever experience you have with Marvel, so I would definitely recommend it.

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