Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is Marvel Studios’ introduction to Phase 5 of the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Title characters Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) are set to square off against the MCU’s greatest threat to date: Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors).
Let’s get into the top five takeaways!
1. Ant-Man is Toast
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania cannot be serious. Specifically, the film is outside of it’s mind if it think for one second that I believe Ant-Man makes it through this film alive. They cannot, in good conscience, expect me to see Jonathan Majors’s Men’s Health profile and have me believe that the love interest from Clueless stands a chance. Love Paul Rudd as much as the next red blooded American, but no, absolutely not.
2. MODOK looks weird
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania appears to be the return of Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Cross was last spotted collapsing in on himself out of existence in the climax of Ant-Man (2015). Surprisingly, it would seem that he did not actually die. Kang seemingly rescued Cross and turned him into the comic villain MODOK. Story wise, this does not bode well for Scott. He seems to be no match for Kang physically and it’s never good to have to make deals with people that befriend your enemies. Visually, I just don’t like the look. It is unclear whether I’m turned off by specifically Stoll’s big floating face, or the effect to create Stoll’s big floating face. It is a thumbs down for now either way. Hopefully this is a matter of VFX getting more fine tuning before the film actually releases.
3. Need more Wasp
Evangeline Lilly should be given something to do. The film is “Ant-Man AND THE WASP…” after-all. It would be a shame to come off of the powerful, women-lead, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and walk right into a film where a titular character is sidelined. I understand that Scott may be the lead, but that does no mean that Hope should be forgotten. Further, Hope deserves more screen time relative to the trailer once the film hits theaters.
4. Ant hill
There is a shot in this trailer where it appears to be Scott Lang using an ant-like army of Scott Langs to reach some spinning pedestal. Are they clones or are they variants? Will we be able to tell the difference when it is all said and done? I can see many a MCU fan enjoying Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania while also need an abacus and two Tylenol to keep up with the visuals.
5. Let Scott lay…
Kang is absolutely stopping a mud hole in Scott towards the end of this trailer. Scott is not likely to reach that Avengers retirement fund. Hence, If Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is his final go, please let it stick. No time travel or alternative universes. We need death to continue to mean something in this franchise. Every time a new loophole is created it will cheapen the stakes.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is clearly going to be a visual spectacle. Hopefully it has the story to support those visuals. Jonathan Majors has been on a tear and I do not see this being the tripping point. Phase 5 is set to be kicked off in a way that will shock audiences.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to hit theaters February 17, 2023.