Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania review summary

Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing with its smallest heroes as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania opens in theaters on February 17th. in the MCU, the third Ant-Man movie has a lot of narrative weight to carry on its shoulders as it paves the way for the future of Marvel movies.

Directed once again by Peyton Reed and featuring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas and Michele Pfeiffer, early reviews of Quantumania paint the film as typical of the Marvel formula: big special effects scenes, a charismatic villain in the form of Jonathan Majors’ Kang, and lots of background foreshadowing that helps make for a safe but generic MCU movie.

“In our reality, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the most generic Marvel movie imaginable, smoothing out all the rough edges that might alienate viewers until anything substantial is expurgated,” wrote Phil Owen in Ant-Man. and GameSpot’s Wasp: Quantumania Review. “That’s not to say it’s an unpleasant experience. It’s not. On the contrary, it’s the kind of movie you’ll completely forget about in a few days because there’s nothing really worth remembering.”

You can see more of what the critics have to say below, or alternatively, you can head over to GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic for a quick breakdown of the critical reception of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

GameSpot – 5/10

Quantumania is not a gem. It’s not very funny, the action is generic, the storytelling is below average, the visuals are standard CGI, and the performances are great, except for Majors. is not a bad film, in and of itself, which on some level is probably a credit to the Marvel machine. But it’s definitely not good, and it’s certainly not what Marvel needed to start a new phase in the MCU and give it a North Star to go on. — Phil owen (full review)

IGN – 7/10

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has enough fun moments and a heartfelt family history, plus killer performances in Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet van Dyne and Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror to make up for its more underdeveloped aspects. The exploration of its central themes, new characters, and the Quantum Realm itself are only skin deep, leaving it feeling high on spectacle but lacking in substance. Even so, Quantumania functions as a culmination of the Ant-Man series, a way to kick things off for Phase 5, and a promising roadmap for where the Multiverse Saga is headed. — Joshua yeah (full review)

Collider – 67/100

There’s a fascinating world to explore here, and Ant-Man finally comes close to the full realization of his character’s potential and that concept, but it’s all sadly trumped by the Conqueror. quantity it’s a promising but shaky start to Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, too bad it’s coming because of the little guy. — ross Bonaime (full review)

Variety – 60/100

The script, by former Jimmy Kimmel Live! and “Rick and Morty” writer Jeff Loveness is making up the rules as he goes along, which is why “Quantumania” takes you through its visually zapping action without generating any real investment in it. In some ways, the final investment is off the screen: Will the movie successfully launch Phase 5? To even wonder about the answer is to miss that the only real conqueror in “Quantumania” is the MCU. — owen Gleiberman (full review)

Empire – 60/100

If it’s a shame the rest of the movie lacks that, at least there’s enough to latch onto and enough silliness to laugh about, including some pretty cool ant shenanigans. quantity may be lighter than you think, but it has a few surprises up its sleeve, drawing on decades of comic book’s craziest ideas. MODOK merchandise is coming. — Alex godfrey (full review)

Polygon – 42/100

Quantumania ultimately serves neither Ant-Man nor Kang, pitting them against each other, going big and small at the same time. The problem is, if you’re big from one perspective and small from another, you’re normal size. And that’s the last thing an Ant-Man should be. — Susana Polo (full review)

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