The third Ant-Man movie is a Kang origin story.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania kicks off phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This third Ant-Man film is setting up the next big bad post-Thanos. Played by Jonathan Major, Kang gets his big screen debut and will return for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lillie return as the dynamic bug duo, along with Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeifer. In addition, Cassie Lang’s role expands with a new actress playing Scott Lang’s daughter, Kathryn Newton. Peyton Reed directs this film hitting theaters this weekend.
Super-Hero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and the Wasp. With Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures, and embarking on an adventure that would push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.
This film is more like an origin movie for Majors’ Kang the Conqueror. Most of the movie is about the Quantum Realm and how and why Kang is there. Kang is the movie’s main focus even when he is not on screen. Majors nails this role and carries the film. I am looking forward to seeing him in Creed III. Rudd continues his Ant-Man charm and provides a lot of great lines and comical moments to keep the movie light-hearted when the stakes are indeed high. This movie would have fared better if it traded the upbeat tone for a much darker one for this third installment.
As seen in the trailer above, we finally get MODOK, and by no surprise, the character is just comical to see on the big screen. This infamous Marvel character will haunt my dreams. However, to my surprise, the MCU introduction of Kathryn Newton’s Cassie Lang disappointed me. For me, she could have been more charismatic but is simply inadmissible. Evangeline Lilly is also weak in this movie and is very dry, making it hard to believe that Rudd’s Scott Lang and her Hope are a genuine couple in love.
Every scene that Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym was in was a scene stealer. With the current de-aging CGI technology like the one used on Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones, I would love to see a PYM Ant-Man movie. Michelle Pfieffer’s Janet van Dyne is also great in her respective scenes, and her past experience in the quantum realm is paramount to the plot.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumani Verdict
I give this third Ant-Man film 3.5 out of 5 stars. Paul Rudd embodies the character well, but the movie’s real star is Jonathan Major, who delivers a Kang that is a force to be reckoned with. Stay tuned for two post-credit scenes. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.