#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania – Movie Review

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – Budget of $200 million – 2 hours and 4 minutes

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Scott enjoys the spoils of being an Avenger. People recognize him on the street, praise him, and pay for his food. And he is currently reading excerpts from his book but wants to spend time with his daughter, Cassie, to make up for the five years he missed. Hope took over the company, PymVanDyne, after her father, Hank, stepped down. She saves the world by making affordable housing, producing food, and changing technology.

Scott finishes his latest book signing when he gets a phone call from jail. The police arrested Cassie during a protest. The return from the blip displaced people and skyrocketed rent. The police teargassed their tents, and Cassie shrunk their police cars to fight back. Scott and Hope bail Cassie out of jail, and he scolds her actions. Cassie tells Scott that she is doing what he did in the past. She fights for the little guy. Hope agrees with Cassie. Scott tells Cassie to be careful because he doesn’t want to lose her. Cassie informs Scott that she has been working on something big. During Scott’s five years away, Cassie read Hank’s notes and created a quantum sonar to map the Quantum Realm. She wishes she would have made it sooner to save Scott. As Cassie explains how it works, she turns it on. Cassie mentions that the device is a two-way radio, and Janet, Hope’s mom, is petrified. Janet demands Cassie turn it off. But when Cassie doesn’t listen, Janet breaks it. Hope wants Janet to explain her actions, but Janet won’t. The device turns itself on and sucks Janet, Hank, Hope, Cassie, and Scott into the Quantum Realm.

Cassie and Scott land in the territory of the Quantum Realm’s freedom fighters. Veb gives them an ooze to help them understand the locals while Jentorra and Quaz question them. The ruler took over their land and built his empire on their friends’ bones. Jentorra and Quaz decide what to do with Cassie and Scott and hear them mention Janet’s name. They know the ruler will come looking for Janet because Janet betrayed him. And the ruler will bring MODOK after Cassie and Scott if they know Janet.

Janet, Hank, and Hope land in the city where everyone remembers Janet as a rebel. However, Janet abandoned the people when she left with Hank. Janet’s old ally, Krylar, comes to the bar to let Janet know things changed after she left. Now, he works for the ruler, Kang The Conqueror. The sheer panic on Janet’s face causes Hope to demand answers. Janet tells Hope that Kang crash-landed in the Quantum Realm on her farm. He was stranded because his Multiverse Power Core broke on impact. He promised to help Janet get home if she helped him rebuild his core to power his ship. Janet helped Kang and made a friend. When she put it into his aircraft, she discovered it was a neurotransmitter that allowed her to read his thoughts. She saw what he did and what he planned to do. Janet ripped out the core and enlarged it to an unusable size. She escaped, but he built a kingdom during her absence. Janet knows Kang will need Pym Particles to fix the core and complete his mission. Scott has them in his suit. Janet, Hank, and Hope have to stay together, find Cassie and Scott, and escape; before Kang finds them, gets the particles, and conquers worlds across space and time.

This movie provides a 10-minute recap and an update on Scott’s life before the action starts. Then the plot forges ahead to introduce a side of the Quantum Realm viewers haven’t seen and a few new characters. Before seeing this movie, you should watch Avengers 3 and 4, Ant-Man 1 and 2, Doctor Strange 2, and Loki to understand the Quantum Realm, the multiverse, the blip, and Kang (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You will be lost if you come to this movie without knowing the other films. The graphics team mixes Doctor Strange with the sizing madness of Ant-Man for a new experience. They created a new world with unique creatures, buildings, and machines. The writer injected enough humor to relieve the tension but not so much that it took away from the script. The overarching themes in this movie are family and sacrifice. That’s evident when Ant-Man battles with his probabilities. And the portrayal of Kang is a masterclass in bad-guy acting. His most dangerous moments are during his calmest speeches. You can see the evil and dread seeping out of him, but you want to hear more. He is a captivating character that has a definite future in the MCU. While 3D isn’t necessary, there is a mid-credit and post-credit scene. So don’t be so fast to get up from your seat. Of course, this isn’t the best MCU film, but a strong start for phase five and the best Ant-Man film.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I have holes – Veb

Why is jail calling – Scott

Was that a good stab – Hank

Just because something isn’t happening to you, doesn’t mean it’s not happening – Cassie

Or terrorist. It depends on who you ask – Janet

It’s too lateM.O.D.O.K

I know his mercy – Jentorra

What is this place – Kang

18147 – Quaz

You wouldn’t talk about it – Hope

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