Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, a polarizing start to the MCU’s fifth phase

Marvel’s latest film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, has been a divisive one, receiving good ratings from the general audience but getting very poor reviews from critics. After watching the movie, I’ve been able to see how such a division came to be: the movie does several things right, but what it does wrong is especially bad.

Overall, I’d give it three out of five stars.

— Ethan Chavez

My personal favorite aspect of the film would have to be the visuals. With the pace at which Marvel has been cranking out content, many of the latest additions to MCU have had underwhelming or straight-up poor CGI effects. Quantumania does not continue this trend, as the heavily-CG world of the Quantum Realm is quite beautiful. There is one character whose CG is absolutely horrendous, and stands as proof that not everything in comics works in live action. However, I found the rest of the film to be gorgeous.

Additionally, the humor in the movie is quite solid. With how saturated the MCU has become with constant bad jokes, it’s nice to see a film that has decent humor without overdoing it. I’d also argue that the plot is pretty good for most of the movie. It’s nothing mind-blowing, but I found it enjoyable.

However, the story falls off at the climax. While the big fight looks cool and has some neat ideas, it lacks the proper setup to justify the amount of allies that came to the heroes’ aid. And, worst of all, the way that the main antagonist was beaten was one of the worst cop-outs I’ve ever had the displeasure of witnessing. It lacked any substantial setup, despite what the film tries to tell you and, if I had to guess, I’d say it only happened because the writers couldn’t think of an actual way for the heroes to win.

I think that Quantumania is better than the critics say, but definitely worse than what the audience scores would suggest. Overall, I’d give it three out of five stars.