The Ant-Man franchise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always been unique, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the latest installment, lives up to that expectation. The movie sets itself apart from the other movies in the MCU by staying true to its unspoken motto, “think small.”
The film’s initial moments plunge the characters into the Quantum Realm, taking them to subatomic sizes, and that’s where they remain for the rest of the film. Directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jeff Loveness, the movie does an excellent job of maintaining the ‘easygoing’ feel typical of Ant-Man. However, does the film live up to the high standards set by the previous Ant-Man films? Let’s dive in and explore.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania takes the characters to the Quantum Realm, which is breathtakingly beautiful, psychedelic, and surreal. The entire space is modeled on photos of “small worlds” of various magnification levels, and that’s part of the fun. It’s like a kid’s science fair project, where charm compensates for the lack of scientific content.
The characters wander around the Quantum Realm, where they encounter a host of otherworldly beings, including a man with a flashlight for a head and another with a transparent, gelatinous body obsessed with how many “holes” humans have. The tribe is not just limited to these beings; there’s also a telepath (William Jackson Harper) who’s cursed to hear bizarre and filthy thoughts that run through people’s minds.
The Quantum Realm is also home to unique and fascinating creatures, including gelatinous bugs and critters, shrubs and trees modeled on fungi and lichens, and a mitochondrial monster scaled like Godzilla. The designers have done a fantastic job of bringing this world to life, and it’s mesmerizing to watch.
Bill Pope, the cinematographer, is a seasoned professional with a fantastic portfolio, including movies like the Matrix, Sam Raimi, and Edgar Wright movies. In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Pope has been unable to make his mark, mainly due to the pre-visualized running time by the effects companies. Despite this, the Quantum Realm shots are stunning, and the camerawork highlights the world’s surreal and psychedelic nature.
In the movie, Kang (Jonathan Majors) is a ret-con villain who’s a genocidal maniac, much like Thanos. The writers needed to establish Kang as the ‘Big Bad’ for the next Avengers team-up while making him fearsome and all-powerful. They also had to explain why Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), who was trapped in the Quantum Realm, was aging at a slower rate than Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and why she was able to communicate with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Kang’s introduction in the movie ticks all the right boxes, and the post-credit scene sets the stage for an epic showdown with the Avengers.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania delivers the charm and humor typical of the Ant-Man franchise. The Quantum Realm is mesmerizing, and the various beings and creatures that inhabit the world are fascinating to watch. While the story does get a bit convoluted toward the end, the film’s overall pacing is good, and it always feels fast. Despite the Quantum Realm’s psychedelic and surreal nature, the cinematography is excellent, and the film maintains its unique style while fitting in with the other.
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But despite these shortcomings, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is a fun movie worth watching. The witty script, charming performances by the cast, and innovative use of visual effects make it an enjoyable ride that’s perfect for a casual movie night with friends or family. It’s not trying to be the next “Citizen Kane” or “The Godfather,” but rather a playful and entertaining addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that stands out because of its willingness to “think small.”
So if you’re a fan of the Ant-Man character, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or just looking for a good time at the movies, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is worth checking out. Make sure to buckle up and hold on tight because once the characters shrink down to subatomic size, anything is possible in the Quantum Realm. And who knows? You might discover that thinking small can sometimes lead to the biggest adventures.