"Visually as with every recent Marvel release I was at times blown away by the beautiful landscapes and backdrops that are on show"
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania kicks off Marvel's Phase 5. Here we are twenty seven movies in with god knows how many hours of story development and being on the verge of the next big Avengers style arch in the MCU and it's down to the smallest (sometimes also the biggest) Avenger to lead our way.
The third entry in the Ant Man series is definitely a mixed bag when it comes to delivery, the story as a whole is great and works well; it's entertaining and extremely impressive visually, you literally forget for spells that the world the majority of the story takes place in isn't real.
Let's start as always with the cast, much like any good Fast and Furious film this is most definitely a family affair, this means bringing back the majority of the Pym/Lang family and to great effect they do feel like quite a family unit. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer all reprise their roles with Michelle's part being greatly expanded and allowing her to really show why she is a legend within the entertainment industry.
They're also joined by Kathryn Newton fresh off of her role in Big Little Lies, she takes on the role of Cassie Lang, Scott's daughter and a chip off the old block, whilst she plays a great part, she fits in well with the huge names in the cast. It would be a challenge for anyone, but she does well, although I found her borderline brattish attitude grating on me a little.
Visually as with every recent Marvel release I was at times blown away by the beautiful landscapes and backdrops that are on show, IMAX really is the best way for you to enjoy this, it's a sight to behold, as previously stated you do tend to forget that a lot of the movie has been shot utilising green screen and 'The Volume', made famous by The Mandolorian.
There are also hints that Marvel has borrowed heavily from Lucasfilm's Star Wars franchises when making Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, certain otherworldly qualities of the scenery would fit in with 2/3 of the others aesthetic. To most people this likely won't be an issue and to clarify I don't dislike it, but I do have to wonder if some would feel cheated or at least confused as to which franchise they watched. It's a minor gripe overall, but I thought this would be worth mentioning.
I wanted to also touch on some of the newer characters who get introduced during the film, two in particular, the first being M.O.D.O.K (or Mental/Mobile/Mechanised Organism Designed Only for Killing) after so many years of the MCU, seeing the M.O.D.O.K unit was a nice surprise, I'm not quite a fan but it was a great nod for older Marvel fans, it did however lead to a running joke which became tedious but still a nice addition...
Then there's Kang or as everyone refers to him.... THE CONQUEROR! Jonathan Majors brings him to life, and brings a real grounded edge to a character that could have been very one note and just plain evil. You question his motives, his actions and no matter how twisted he acts that it may still be for the greater good, enter the 'Kang was right memes'. It proves if nothing else Marvel knows how write intellectual and sympathetic villains when they want to..
Also, those after credits scenes... Biggest cliffhanger going I'd have to say, well.. at least until Loki season 2 gets here later this year.
All in all Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is a good Marvel movie, which falls a short way from being a great Marvel movie. It's a 4 out of 5 experience.. Just.
Go see it, have fun and prepare to see the start of the next big thing.