ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA: (2023) – My rating: 9/10

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a superhero film based on Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and is the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and the 31st film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The version was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jeff Loveness. In the film, Lang and Van Dyne are transported to the Quantum Realm along with their family and face Kang the Conqueror. Did anybody say superheroes, then I’m right there. I enjoyed this version of Ant-Man more than the others. It was beautifully filmed among other reasons for my high rating.

During her days of entrapment in the Quantum Realm, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) encounters an exiled traveler named Kang (Jonathan Majors). In the present day, after the Battle of Earth, Scott Lang/Ant-man (Paul Rudd) has become a successful memoirist and has been living happily with his girlfriend, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Scott’s now-teenage daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) has become a political activist, resulting in her spending some time in jail before being bailed out by her father, whom she has become estranged from since he started focusing more on his celebrity status than his duties as Ant-Man. While visiting Hope’s parents, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet, Cassie reveals that she has been working on a device that can establish contact with the Quantum Realm. Upon learning of this, Janet panics and forcefully shuts off the device, but the message is received, resulting in a portal that opens and pulls the five of them into the Quantum Realm. Scott and Cassie are found by natives who are rebelling against their ruler, while Hope, Janet, and Hank explore a sprawling city to get answers.

I found this version of Ant-Man to be even more scenic than versions one and two.  There were objects on the screen I’d never seen before.  Each frame was beautiful, in my opinion.  I also thought the plot was easy to follow.  Not knowing much about quantum physics, I was glad they kept things simple enough for audiences to digest.  There is a whole lot of story to explore as many bumps in the road are presented. Was it just me or did Hope and Michelle look like real-life mother and daughter?  On that note, I must point out the special effects that were outstanding as was the cinematography.  I’ve read some reviews that I totally disagreed with as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was entertaining, exciting, and blended the past with the current events so that it made perfect sense.  Michelle Pfeiffer was amazing. I’m glad there are parts in the DC and MCU for actors and actresses who are advancing in age.  I don’t know about everyone else, but I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how it was all going to end.  Despite what other critics have to say, you really should see Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania for yourself.  Clear your mind and form your own opinion.  In the meanwhile, I recommend Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania for everyone. I’ve added an FYI with future information and for those who may have forgotten WHO’s WHO, see below.

FYI:  In February 2023, Douglas said he would be interested in returning for a fourth film if Hank Pym died in it, while Broussard said that he had started to discuss a potential fourth film with Feige and Reed.


Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man:
An Avenger and former petty criminal with a suit that allows him to shrink or grow in scale while increasing in strength. After the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Lang has become a well-known celebrity to the public, as well as the author of an autobiographical book titled Look Out for the Little Guy, which tells a different version of how he helped save the universe from Thanos in Endgame.

Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne / Wasp:
The daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne who is handed down a similar suit and the Wasp mantle from her mother. She serves as the head of the Pym van Dyne Foundation, which uses the Pym Particles for humanitarian efforts. Lilly said the film would explore how the character deals with her “fragilities and her vulnerabilities”, continuing from how Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) showed how powerful and capable she was.

Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror
A “time-traveling, multiversal adversary” trapped in the Quantum Realm who needs Pym Particles to get his ship and a device online that would allow him to go anywhere and when in time. Kang is an alternate-timeline variant of the character He Who Remains, the creator of the Time Variance Authority (TVA), who was introduced in the finale of the first season of Loki (2021). Majors added 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of muscle for the role, focusing on strength and conditioning training. Reed said Quantumania would show a “different flavor” of Majors’ approach to Kang’s alternate versions and explained that Kang “has dominion over time”, calling him a warrior, strategist, and “all-timer antagonist” compared to the antagonists of the prior Ant-Man films as a “force of nature”, one that adds “tonal diversity, real conflict, and real friction”. Given his work with time, Kang does not live a linear life.  Majors also portray numerous Kang variants within the Council of  Kangs including Immortus, Rama-Tut, and Centurion, as well as the variant Victor Timely.

Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang:
Scott Lang’s 18-year-old daughter acquires a suit like her father’s. She is scientifically inclined and gains an interest in Pym’s old notes and learning more about science and technology from the Quantum Realm. Reed said that he wanted to further develop the relationship between Cassie and Scott, as it was central to the previous Ant-Man films. The character was previously portrayed as a child by Abby Ryder Fortson in the previous Ant-Man films and as a teenager by Emma Fuhrmann in Endgame.

David Dastmalchian as Veb:
A slime-like creature that lives in the Quantum Realm. Dastmalchian previously portrayed Kurt in the first two Ant-Man films.

Katy O’Brian as Jentorra:
The leader of the Freedom Fighters who is rebelling against Kang’s oppression of the communities in the Quantum Realm.

William Jackson Harper as Quaz:
A telepath who lives in the Quantum Realm.

Bill Murray as Lord Krylar:
The governor of the lavish Axia community in the Quantum Realm has a history with Janet van Dyne in the Quantum Realm. Reed believed Murray’s character represented a person’s past “always find[ing] a way to show up again” and the film’s theme of secrets between family members and how they are each affected by them.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne:
 Pym’s wife, Hope’s mother, and the original Wasp, who was lost in the Quantum Realm for 30 years.

Corey Stoll as Darren Cross / M.O.D.O.K.:
Pym’s former protégé who was shrunken to subatomic size in the Quantum Realm during the events of Ant-Man (2015) and became a mutated, cybernetically enhanced individual with an oversized head known as M.O.D.O.K. Loveness described the character as a cross between Kevin Kline’s Otto West from A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Frank Grimes from The Simpsons season eight episode “Homer’s Enemy” (1997). Loveness felt M.O.D.O.K. to be his favorite character in the film because they put a “little extra” on him and said M.O.D.O.K.’s ego would be crumbled throughout the film whenever he is challenged, but like Otto West, easily kills as a “real loose cannon.”

Michael Douglas as Hank Pym:
A former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, entomologist, and physicist who became the original Ant-Man after creating the suit. In the film, Pym was written to be more “relaxed” than in previous MCU appearances, as he is more focused on reacquainting with Janet than his work. As a result, Broussard described Pym as “a little more sure of himself” and “not looking around every corner”. Loveness believed that Pym’s fascination with ants, a trait only comically referenced previously, was a critical hallmark of the character, and thus decided to expand on it in the film. Broussard felt the expansion was “a weird thing … but also awesome … a bit of an acknowledgment.

FYI and WHO’s WHO are compliments of Wikipedia!


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