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«Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania» Falls Short of Expectations for Marvel’s Next Phase

15 February 2023, Wednesday
Ant-Man has been chosen for a significant purpose: inaugurating the next chapter of Marvel movies. Unfortunately, the feature film "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" is limited in providing a convincing portrayal of Kang the Conqueror as a powerful adversary. Nevertheless, the breakthrough into the Quantum Realm, a particularly vast universe inside our own, is comparable to "Guardians of the Galaxy" in terms of its wide range of peculiar characters and creative art direction. Yet, it is mostly obscured by a lack of clarity.

In this third installment of the "Ant-Man" franchise, director Peyton Reed returns to the screen with a much bigger story than its predecessors. The movie starts off with a lighthearted nature but quickly shifts away from the original "Ant-Man" and its sequel.

Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, a.k.a Ant-Man, is led into the Quantum Realm along with Evangeline Lilly's Wasp, her parents (Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas) and Scott's now-adult daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton). The addition of Cassie adds another family of heroes to the story, as the cast of characters continues to grow despite their size.

Overall, "Quantumania" takes a much more expansive approach to the Ant-Man mythos than its predecessors, exploring a range of far-reaching concepts with a larger story.

What follows is an exceptionally surreal experience, with very little connecting to anything familiar. The most recognizable attribute involves this concealed world struggling under the charge of an individual so potent that its inhabitants exhibit a fear of calling him by name, that being Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors.

Although he made an appearance in Marvel’s “Loki” TV show, that didn't prepare spectators for the intimidating level of risk that Kang brings, and Majors supplies him with menacing and stately strength - a feeling of authority that isn't easy to attain given some of the lines of dialog. If Kang is set to become the chief antagonist as the imminent batch of movies again builds to an Avengers-sized showdown, Majors is the single element to come out of “Quantumania” on which anyone can rely.

Kang's immense power and ambitious schemes give the impression that he is too strong for the lead character to face off against, akin to Majors' role in "Creed III" of a lightweight going up against a heavyweight. This is acknowledged by Kang himself, who scoffingly remarks, "You're out of your league."

The release of Marvel's highly-anticipated movie "Avengers: Endgame" set the bar high for the studio, yet since then it hasn't quite managed to reach the same level of success. However, with the upcoming movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania", the studio takes a step towards something bigger thanks to its focus on Kang. This is further backed up by its upcoming sequels "Guardians" and "The Marvels".

The third installment of the "Ant-Man" series is a small step forward, and its release only further serves to highlight how much "Endgame" achieved. "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" is set to hit theaters in the US on February 17th and has been rated PG-13.
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