Every time a Marvel movie is finally released the internet explodes, the trend now is to immediately shit on it whether the quality of the movie is good or bad. Reality is nothing to the internet so of course when Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania came out the internet did its thing. Now I saw this one a little later than normal so all I heard was how terrible this movie was and I am convinced that that opinion came from people who didn’t have the faintest clue who Kang was before this movie, thereby they needed this movie and their opinion is invalid. The reality of the film is that it was an Antman movie, nothing spectacular but it definitely was not bad.
Let's start with the main complaint, the only one that has any validity to it, Cassie’s role. 90% of Cassie’s dialogue was in fact “Dad” ; she really didn’t contribute much to the story other than being a strong motivator for Scott. The actress that replaced Endgame Cassie was also not good, recasting was a poor decision and Disney really didn’t think that one through.
Then we have the overall story, now in an anticipation article I mentioned that this movie was either going to do everything that it needed to do to set up Phases 5&6 or it was going to fail spectacularly, and it did everything that it needed to do to set up the future of the MCU. Kang is going to be an integral part of the MCU projects going forward and this was an excellent introduction to him and what he is. I also appreciated the comic book accurate design for him and MODOK.
The only other criticism of this film that I am taking is that Darren as MODOK turning good at the end was a little janky. Not only was it rushed and forced but it was wildly unnecessary. The design was accurate, the acronym was accurate but the characterization was aggressively incorrect and a waste of time honestly.
On the plus side the VFX team worked their asses off, there was nothing egregious in the CGI and the world they created for the quantum realm was absolutely beautiful.
Now a lot of people have been bitching about quality over quantity and the quality is the same as it's always been there is just more of it now. You are experiencing burnout and that is no one's fault but your own, you do know that you don’t have to watch every project that comes out right? Great. The other complaint I’ve been seeing a lot is that the next section of Marvel is being called the Multiverse Saga and people don’t think there have been enough Multiverse related projects. I would like to remind everyone that the Infinity Saga was 3 phases…3. The Multiverse Saga just started so maybe give it some time before complaining about it.
As a Marvel movie it (and all of the Antman movies) are bottom mid-tier. They aren’t spectacular and groundbreaking, but they aren’t offensive and terrible either. They are mediocre and fun and yall need to start acknowledging movies as what they are instead of shitting all over movies for not being what they were in your head. A majority of Marvel’s catalog is mediocre both comics and the MCU, expecting more than that is ridiculous. The phenomenal stories are few and far between and that's just the way it is. I give Antman and the Wasp; Quantumania a 6/10. I think it fits right in with the rest of the Antman movies therefore being one of the only consistent trilogies in the MCU.