Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

On Monday, February 20th, I saw Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” which was… interesting. In no shape or form was it a bad movie; it was just odd. 

The film’s premise is Scott Lang (a.k.a Ant-Man), his daughter Cassie Lang, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, and Hope Van Dyne getting stuck in the Quantum Realm. They have to find a way to get home and, of course, deal with your friendly neighborhood antagonist. 

The antagonist, Kang the Conqueror, really interested me the most. He is revealed to be a variant of He Who Remains banished to the Quantum Realm. If I was being sincere, it only got interesting when I (as a fan of the show Loki) got a better sense of He Who Remains from Kang. You get to see how he thinks of time and his cruel methods.

When it comes to Janet, it was pleasant to know what happened to her while in the Quantum Realm through flashbacks — but those scenes were more dedicated to showing who Kang is to the audience. I would have cared more about her if I had known more, so the flashbacks should have provided context. It would have been better if they showed what she had gone through in the typical scene. Instead, you couldn’t connect with Janet at all.

With Hope and Hank… well, the movie could have gone on without them, to be entirely honest. True, they did help the plot in small ways, but they also barely did anything (unless you count taking out a few guys and being a ringleader for evolved ants). Sure, they were okay in the movie, but they didn’t have to get sent to the Quantum Realm. They could have just stayed at home. (I am only saying this because they seemed more useful in this realm over the other.)

Cassie, where do I start with her? 

Cassie Lang, the seventeen-year-old daughter of Scott Lang, definitely has room for character development. So apparently, she became a genius over the Blip? Seriously, how can a teenager create some Quantum satellite that, with a little signal, can make Kang suck them in? It also wasn’t a big shocker when she somehow had the perfect morals. We’ve all seen the stereotypical teen landing in prison for standing up for what they believed in. Except those teens had some growth in their movies. Cassie had none whatsoever. 

Then our main character, Scott Lang. The writers took the “I love my kid” part of him up a hundred million notches. Now don’t get me wrong, it is fantastic to see such a significant relationship between the two. But so much of the movie was this one thing—so much of it. 

I also have yet to learn what his character development is. This means it was minimal; if anyone knows what it is, please tell me; I’m desperate.

Then the post-credits scenes got the Loki fan in me screaming at the top of her lungs. Seeing how many variants of He Who Remains means trouble is coming for our beloved heroes. There are no words for how excited I was when Loki appeared on that screen with Mobius, and I can’t wait for the next season.

But overall, the movie was okay. Not great, not awful, just okay. Would I recommend it? No, but would I tell someone to avoid it? Also no. The characters have potential that needs to be tapped into, which we can hope to see one day.