ant-man and the wasp: quantumania
starring: paul rudd, kathryn newton, jonathan majors, and evangeline lilly
REVIEWER: lyall carter
Scott Lang and his family get sucked into the Quantum Realm and must find a way to get out.
Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, along with Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, explore the Quantum Realm, where they interact with strange creatures and embark on an adventure that goes beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.
And that’s all I’m gonna give you on the plot - no spoilers. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has to be one of the most fast paced Marvel Universe tales in recent memory. Clocking in at just over two hours director Peyton Reed (who helmed the previous two Ant-Man instalments), packs a heck of a lot into the just over two hour runtime. Also, for those who are wondering, there’s two end credit scenes.
There’s not a lot of set-up before we are deep inside the Quantum Realm, into a stunningly rich and realised universe that rivals Marvel’s best world building work of Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther. The level of detail in the unique creature and costume design and the jaw dropping beauty of the universe here will leave you wanting to come back for multiple viewings.
Even with the short run time, director Reed manages to not only bank on the emotional investment the audience has built up over the previous instalments but grow on that, especially in the relationship between Scott and his grown up daughter Cassie (now played by Kathryn Newton). This emotional investment leaves you on the very edge of your seat during the rampaging, action stacked finale.
Paul Rudd is superb again as Ant-Man and while he still has some great comedic lines, director Reed doesn’t hang as much on those as he did in the previous two films. Kathryn Newton is a great addition to the Lang family, while Lilly, Douglas, and Pfeiffer feel a little under used. But we’ve gotta talk about Jonathan Majors Kang the Conqueror. This guy is next level. He carries as much if not more menace in the small, still moments as when he is full of rage and fury. One of the most memorable cinematic villains in recent memory.
A superb first entry into Phase 5 of the MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a fun, fast, action packed ride filled with exquisite world building and a cinematic villain for the ages.