Quantumania: a step in the right direction for Marvel
Marvel has started to move into the right direction with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It may not be the best thing they have produced overall, but the movie is definitely better than what has been released recently. Even though it feels like some of the plot is missing from the story, it was still able to provide a decent, straightforward movie.
At the start of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Scott Lang, Ant-Man, has a brief introduction talking about how he helped save the world in Avengers: Endgame. This introduction feels like it is just summing up what Marvel has done over the years. After Scott’s introduction, the movie introduces his daughter, Cassie, who has been secretly working with Hank Pym and Hope to navigate the Quantum realm.
Then the movie takes a quick turn and becomes this unbelievably stunning new world where there are flying beasts, animals that look like the sun, and strange creatures that camouflage themselves to hunt. I know that people will talk down on how the CGI looked, but, in my opinion, the entire movie had to be done in CGI fashion. Putting that much work into it and getting the visually pleasing result they got, I would call that a win.
Now don’t get me wrong, the movie was good, but at some points it did feel like they were trying too hard on the visuals and not working on the plot or the story. As the movie went on, it started to seem as if they were trying to make a new Star Wars movie. It felt like the plot wasn’t really there until halfway through the movie when Janet Van Dyne decides to tell everyone why they shouldn’t have come to the Quantum realm.
Janet talks about how she met a man named Kang who seemed like a nice, normal guy, but it turned out he was an evil mastermind with a bunch of crazy futuristic tech. Now, they have to escape the Quantum realm without being caught by Kang. I will admit, it seems a little basic when you break it down, but once the storyline of the movie is finally established, the movie starts to pick up and turn into what I feel like a Marvel movie should be.
But right when things start to turn around and it looks like it is going to be one of the great Marvel movies, it starts to add pointless characters that add nothing to the movie but comedic effect. After they add those characters, the movie loses its way once more and pushes too much comedy into the mix of the movie, instead of focusing on the main story.
I will say that the acting from Kang the Conqueror was very pleasing. He is very calm and stern with any requests he makes to the main characters, showing that he has no need to get enraged because they are no threat to him, as he could crush them without even breaking a sweat. Even though he is that powerful, the main characters fight back. When they finally do, it is a lackluster fight scene. In my opinion this scene is filled with way too much comedy and never has a true show of strength from either side of the fight. At this point, it felt like the writers were just trying to get done with the movie, almost as if it was a homework assignment that they did not enjoy.
Overall, the movie was enjoyable if you are looking for a movie that can catch your attention and keep you intrigued based on comedy and visuals. It really was a step towards what Marvel used to be. At the end of it all, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quatnumania wasn’t the worst thing Marvel has put out in the past few months. I have a few things in mind that definitely top that list.