Marvel’s production quality shrinks in ‘Quantumania’


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In “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” Scott Lang and crew are pulled into the fictional Quantum Realm, where they meet the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big villain.

Dashiell Caloroso

I was looking forward to the brand new start to Marvel Studios Phase 5 that launched this past weekend with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” After the lackluster performances of acting and special effects in films like “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness” and “Thor: Love and Thunder,” the franchise feels like it’s standing on its last leg. Recently, fans, casual viewers and myself, have noticed the drop in quality of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) headed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

Watching these movies and their Disney+ show counterparts feels more like a chore than actual enjoyment at times. “Quantumania” is also a victim of this lackluster type of storytelling as it is already the lowest-rated movie by Rotten Tomatoes out of the whole trilogy.

The movie continues the story of Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man played by Paul Rudd, as he basks in the glory of being an Avenger. Soon though, his now grown-up daughter Cassie Lang, played by Kathryn Newton, creates a signal contacting the fictional Quantum Realm, which then backfires and pulls her and the whole main cast into the realm. The movie thankfully pushes characters like Janet Van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, and Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, aside to make way for the next big threat to the Marvel Universe.

This threat is Kang The Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, who is being set up to be the next villain whose defeat will require the Avengers to assemble again. Majors is probably my favorite part of the whole movie as his character and lines made both our heroes and the theater audience go completely silent during most scenes. Majors has already appeared in the MCU in the Disney+ original series titled “Loki,” starring Tom Hiddleston, where he is revealed to play a variant of Kang who was pulling the strings the whole time. His role is reminiscent of other characters such as the wizard in “The Wizard of Oz,” which really shows Majors’ professional acting range.

“Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” really struggled to keep me interested in these characters and felt more like a “Star Wars” movie than anything else, especially with Kathryn Newton’s portrayal of Cassie Lang, which doesn’t have much emotion built into it. This project and others have me scared for the quality of future Marvel projects and really adds to the ever-expanding superhero movie fatigue that I, along with many others, have felt.