Film’s time for the reviews of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to begin making their way online since that it has officially been seen for a small group of critics. Compared to the two Ant-Man adventures that came before it, Quantumania is expected to be very different. This time, the movie’s main idea was a particularly intriguing one: “What if Ant-Man [was] unintentionally cast alone in an Avengers movie?”
Enter Kang the Conqueror by Jonathan Majors, now in the role of the real, dangerous Variant that fans know and love—the one who will eventually take on the Avengers. But how precisely will Ant-Man and Kang’s confrontation play out? Is the movie going too far? Does Majors live up to expectations?
Quantumania’s Initial Reactions
“Phase 5 has started. The latest Ant-Man film is like a psychedelic rollercoaster full of bizarre creatures that are both terrifying and hilarious, plus one VERY dangerous Kang. The MCU meets big STAR WARS vibes at its wackiest and most creative. Although MODOK is a riot, Jonathan Majors prevails. love the ride!”
He went on to say that there would be “major stuff” in the post-credits scenes:
“There are important things to, so make sure you stay for the credits. I loved how “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” serves as both the beginning of Phase 5 and a stand-alone Ant-Man story that is sweet and funny and has a badass villain. Melinda Pfeiffer. Nice stuff.”
The movie may be “overly ambitious,” but Jonathan Majors is an incredible FORCE, and the final fight is “ASTONISHING,” according to Daniel Baptista of The Movie Podcast on Twitter:
“The start of the MCU’s subsequent era is made strong, but overly ambitious, by “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” As the New King of the Multiverse and Kang, Jonathan Majors is an absolute FORCE. Although the final battle is AMAZING, the overall comedic charm was sorely lacking.”
Dempsey Pilot of The DisInsider said that he “had a pleasure” making the movie and praised Jeff Loveness’ writing in particular:
“‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ was a blast. The real star of the movie is Jeff Loveness’ script, which serves as a reminder of how beautifully strange and mysterious the Marvel Cinematic Universe still is. Jonathan Majors effortlessly dominates every second of screen time he receives, and Paul Rudd has never been better.”
It had a “frustratingly rough first act,” according to Courtney Howard of LA Film Critics, and the “narrative finished where it should’ve begun:
“‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ finally picks up after a frustratingly rocky first act, only to end where this story ought to have started. Although the external stakes are obvious and significant, the emotional drive felt weak (and levity even lighter). So, Jonathan Majors is the best.”
“There is far too much going on in “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” for any of it to be emotionally compelling. Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, is a charismatic, intense badass with amazing visuals, but the threat he represents is too nebulous.”
“The start of Phase 5 with “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” is so enjoyable. The “Ant-Man” movies have all improved on one another. This is not an anomaly. I’m eager to see more of Kang and learn how this movie will affect the MCU.”
The Geek Girls Universe’s Jana Seitzer lifted the atmosphere with her comments on the movie, calling it “the greatest of the Ant-Man flicks” and “a fantastic visual feast.”
“The movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is gorgeous to look at. The top “Ant-Man” film, featuring heart, humour, and the long-awaited reference to the Kang Dynasty. In her Marvel debut, Kathry Nnewton is baller and Jonathan Majors is scorching. I cannot wait until February 17th.”
In the MCU threequel, Andi Ortiz from The Wrap praised “the dynamic between Scott Lang and Cassie”:
“I believe the relationship between Scott and Cassie was my favourite aspect of “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” I almost want to cry every time he refers to her as “peanut.” Please create 10 more one-shots that are solely about him remembering her birthdays.”
They went on to praise Jonathan Majors’ outstanding performance and the fact that it was obvious he was “having the finest time with it”:
“Jonathan Majors as Kang is a force in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which won’t come as a surprise. He also appears to be having the most fun with the role. I can’t wait to watch him face off against more Avengers.”
Steven Weintraub added to Jonathan Majors’ Kang’s appreciation by calling Quantumania “a great start to Phase 5”:
“Phase 5 of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” is off to a strong start. Now I know why they call it Quantumania. I can’t wait to see where this all goes because Jonathan Majors does a fantastic job as Kang. There are two after-credits scenes, and both are excellent.”
The film was hailed as one of the “MCU’s most exciting entries” by Big Screen Leaks:
“With one of the most fascinating entries in the MCU, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” begins Phase 5. This film is Star Wars crossed with Ant-Man, and I enjoyed it mostly. As Kang, Jonathan Majors ABSOLUTELY SHINES and COMMANDS your attention. Future repercussions are HUGE as well!”
Richard Nebens of The Direct applauded the initiative for taking huge swings,” even though not all of them were successful:
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits on most but not all of his big swings. A fun story is elevated by captivating visuals, but the stakes were lacking. Kang is NOW. Jonathan Majors gave a truly outstanding performance. Overall, Phase 5 is off to a great start!”
Comicbook.com Quantumania has been dubbed “Marvel’s oddest, zaniest movie to yet,” according to Brandon Davis.
“By far, “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” is the wackiest, craziest Marvel film to date. Jonathan Majors is a standout. Kang improves the whole picture. Together, Majors and Paul Rudd are intense. There will be a tonne of CGI, bizarre new characters, and an intriguing direction for the MCU saga.”
Overall, it appears that opinions are varied but largely favourable. The bulk of the responses suggest that the film may have too much going on. Many people are probably not surprised by this; after all, the threequel had to introduce a new primary hero, include Kang the Conqueror, include MODOK, and basically create an entirely new universe.
Thank goodness, it doesn’t appear to be a total miss in any sense of the term. The fact that Majors is living up to the expectations and preparing the MCU for a charismatic and fearsome antagonist to fill that Thanos-sized void will likely also be welcomed by fans. It sounds like Kathryn Newton, making her professional acting debut, and Paul Rudd both deliver stellar performances. Any information about Wasp’s participation in the events are oddly omitted from most replies, and the same is true for Hank played by Michael Douglas and Janet played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, will be release in theaters on Friday, February 17.