Review: Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ slips into unfiltered mediocrity

New dynasty begins as Ant-Man dynasty ends while disappointing a generation


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Marvel Studios released the hyped “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantanium” to receive lukewarm response from fans. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantanium” failed to live up to the series’ lesser 2018 “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” let alone the original 2015 “Ant-Man.”  

The story starts off with a flashback introducing the main villain Kang the Conqueror (Johnathen Majors) and portrays him in a powerful light. Throughout the whole movie Majors did a remarkably amazing job. He portrayed his character’s depth with passion and truly displayed the motives behind the character’s actions. Unfortunately his character is sidelined and doesn’t get any screen time for the first half of the movie. 

Antman (Paul Rudd) starts off bored in life. He’s a sideline in the Avengers envious of his wife’s work and writes books about his former glory but the thing he cares most about is family. This sets up the underlying theme of the show reminiscing to the heyday of the Marvel franchise. The core of the story tells of how Ant-Man comes out of irrelevancy to save his daughter. Throughout the movie both Ant-Man and his daughter (Kathryn Newton) do a lot of growing up. 

Cassandra Lang (Kathryn Newton), the daughter of Ant-Man throughout the series, is now a rebellious teen with high hopes and many of the aspects her father used to have. Thanks to her grandpa she’s been learning about the Ant-Man techknowledge showing even more similarities and setting up for Cassandra to possibly become an avenger and a father daughter superhero duo. 

The overall movie has weak structure and is slow throughout before cramming all the content and action in the end. This caused a repeat of Marvel clique and a stale then sudden buildup to the predictable climax of the movie.

Darran (Cory Stoll) did little for comedic relief and for calling back to the previous movies and did much for creating a disturbing and annoying character. He “takes the cake” for the worst marvel CGI ever seen being an abomination of a cartoon character thrown in a movie which tries to take itself seriously. The writers attempt to make Darren as a character has depth by giving him a revenge arc and a last-minute twist.

Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pheiffer) has a confusing, left unexplained and dissatisfying character arc. The entire movie plot is left on the backstory of this character which does not correlate to the plots of the previous movies. This leads to a large portion of the plot being left up to flashbacks causing the audience to feel less impact than if they saw the events of the flashbacks take place naturally through time skips in chronological order.

During the movie, viewers could easily feel bored during a lot of the movie with an uneventful plot and a stark difference between tone of the movie in different parts. The movie gets saved by some of the actors leading the movie with well-written characters and skillful acting.