Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Unnecessary Disaster


Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a bloated, convoluted story that spends more time establishing new characters rather than developing the ones that we already know. Though the film has an engaging and good villain, it does not make up for the other rather massive shortcomings that make up this movie. 

The movie follows Scott Lang, or Ant-Man, as he relearns to adapt to non superhero life. This involves learning to be a parent, a good partner and learning to care for more outside of himself. This takes our cast of main characters to the quantum realm where they learn the past actions of characters and meet Kang the Conqueror.  The story, at its core, aids itself well in adding depth and more personality to our characters that would elevate them from sideline heroes, to the stars of the MCU. However, this story leads to nothing and is left convoluted with the potential to be something better than what it was.

This film did have some positive aspects to it. The performance from Jonathan Majors as Kang was intriguing and was a commanding presence on screen. He was a frightening force on screen and elevated the movie to being better than it would have been without him. The humor of the movie is also good. When the movie is trying to be funny, it succeeds at doing that job. The special effects of the movie are, for the most part, very good. They look good, and the world that is created is breathtaking to look at and looks real. 

This is where the good parts of the movie end sadly. The rest of the movie is largely devoid of fun or interesting dynamics or anything at all. The story is convoluted and overly complicated. It adds too many new characters to the point where you don’t get to know who any of the characters are or why they were in the story. With the new characters, new plotlines are also introduced. This creates a story with 5 different storylines going on. This makes none of their conclusions feel impactful nor are you given enough screen time to care about any of them. With too many storylines, our main characters are drowned out and thrown to the wayside to not have their own arcs or character development. This leaves all of our new characters and storylines to not matter nor hold much significance within the scope of the movie itself.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is not small and concise as the title suggests, but a large, bloated, uneventful movie that is carried by Jonathan Majors, the special effects and the humor. If you are not a fan of superhero movies, I wouldn’t recommend this movie. Even if you tend to like the genre, I would be cautious of seeing the movie. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.