Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania takes off phase five of the MCU


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Marvel Studios Marvel Studios’ latest film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, was released on February 17.

Lily Ha, Editor-in-Chief

The third movie of the Ant-Man installment and the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, was released in the United States on February 17, 2023, as the first film in Phase Five of the MCU. The film grossed $98 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics. The film is also now the second lowest Rotten Tomatoes-scored Marvel movie yet, after Eternals. From the acting to the plot, let’s break it down.

The whole film takes place inside the quantum realm, an entire universe infinitely smaller than our own. With colorful and creative visuals, Marvel relies on its effects as part of the plot. The quantum realm features a world where vastly different organisms and people inhabit vastly different lifestyles, as well as threats.

All of the CGI and visual effects in the quantum realm were amazing and well done. The setting and nature concept were so beautiful and had a futuristic vibe. Like all Marvel films, the movie has good humor in the movie that helps keep it funny and lighthearted with the action of the protagonists going against the main villain, a new character Kang.

One of the most anticipated characters was Kang the Conquerer, played by Jonathan Majors. After making a short appearance in the last episode of the 2021 TV series, Loki, Kang was expected to be a main character in the film. Majors portrayed Kang with such intensity and charisma and I loved his official introduction to Marvel.

It was also exciting to see the original Ant-Man cast back since Avengers: Endgame. In the film, Janet’s backstory is focused on, specifically her time in the Quantum Realm, where she was stuck until rescued by her family. 

Personally, I thought the movie was overall entertaining. Although there were not that many movie promotions, like the trailer the hype of the movie itself, I had a really good time watching it. There are some cringy dialogue and humor, but overall it is enjoyable. Like all Marvel movies, you cannot miss the post and end-credits scenes, as they provide a sneak peek of what Marvel plans to offer in the near future.

Overall, I would give this movie a 7/10. Not Marvel’s best, but an interesting world development and setup for upcoming movies to come.