Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And here we are on the first film entry of Phase Five of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. I know I have Disney+ shows like ‘Ms. Marvel’ and ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ to catch up on, and I’m hoping I’ll get around to checking out those shows soon. In the meantime, let’s talk about this certain film. 🙂
I know people seem divided on how superhero movies, whether they’d be Marvel or DC superhero films, are made these days. I can’t deny being critical about them, but with that said, I still enjoy checking out these movies and I don’t think there’s an end in sight for these particular ‘MCU’ films. 🙂
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ is the third ‘Ant-Man’ film made in the ‘MCU’. So far, Scott Lang/Ant-Man has been in ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. As far as I’m concerned, the ‘Ant-Man’ films by director Peyton Reed are good.
‘Quantumania’ is no exception. Mind you, this is quite a mind-boggling film to watch at the cinema, especially when our heroes end up in the Quantum Realm and there’s less Earth focus as was the case in the first two ‘Ant-Man’ films. But the mind-boggling aspect wasn’t confusing for me to watch.
On the contrary, I was able to keep my attention throughout ‘Quantumania’, despite some of the bizarre moments that you might find in a ‘Doctor Strange’ film. It’s probably the drama between characters that allowed me to enjoy this film and it’s really gripping to watch in many certain scenes.
In this film, Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man and his girlfriend Hope van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp find themselves transported to the Quantum Realm along Scott’s daughter Cassie and Hope’s parents Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne. It’s where our heroes find themselves fighting Kang the Conqueror. 😐
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly continue to be excellent as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp in these films. Although they don’t share much screen-time with each other, I liked that moment where Hope saved Scott’s life from Kang, and almost risked their chance of returning home.
Jonathan Majors stars as Kang the Conqueror. If you recognise him from somewhere, that’s because he appeared in the ‘Loki’ series, playing He Who Remains in the sixth and final episode of Season 1. Apparently, Kang is an alternate-timeline variant of the character He Who Remains. There are also multiple versions of Kang in this film.
This movie seems to be setting things up with Kang in the upcoming ‘Avengers’ double-bill film duology involving ‘The Kang Dynasty’ and ‘Secret Wars’. This is evident when Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius from ‘Loki’ make cameos in the film’s post-credits sequence.
Kathryn Newton stars as Cassie, Scott’s daughter, who clearly is different Abby Ryder-Fortson who played Cassie in the first two ‘Ant-Man’ films and Emma Fuhrmann who played Cassie in ‘Endgame’. There’s also Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym appearing in this.
David Dastmalchian, who previously played Kurt in the first two ‘Ant-Man’ films, plays a slime-like creature called Veb in ‘Quantumania’. Katy O’Brian plays Jentorra, a freedom fighter in the Quantum Realm, and William Jackson Harper plays Quaz, who is a telepath that lives in the Quantum Realm. 🙂
Bill Murray makes an appearance in the film playing Lord Krylar, who happens to have a history with Janet van Dyne in the Quantum Realm. And there’s Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, who was previously Yellowjacket in the first ‘Ant-Man’ film…and now he’s become M.O.D.O.K., and is an oversized head.
There’s another Marvel series called ‘M.O.D.O.K.’, which I haven’t seen yet and it’s not connected to the ‘MCU’s version of M.O.D.O.K. as far as I’m concerned. But seeing him as an oversized head is rather off-putting. Even when the character got killed off by the film’s end, I wasn’t enamoured with him. 😐
Randall Park also briefly appears as FBI agent Jimmy Woo in the film, having appeared in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and ‘WandaVision’. ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ has been an enjoyable film to check out at the cinema. I’m glad I saw it on the big screen, finding it a fun action-filled flick. 🙂
I’m intrigued as to where what’s called ‘The Multiverse Saga’ of the ‘MCU’ is going to go, especially with Kang seeming to be the big bad villain in place of Thanos from ‘The Infinity Saga’. I know that the three Spider-Men from ‘No Way Home’ are due to appear in the two upcoming ‘Avengers’ films.
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Bye for now!
Not had great reviews online, a interesting detailed review Tim, I’ve not seen it yet but hopefully I’ll enjoy it like you did.
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Hope you enjoy ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ when you get to see it. It’s interesting this movie hasn’t had that many great reviews on it, as I found it very enjoyable and entertaining. Maybe I was in a good mood that day when I saw it on the big screen. Hope you enjoy the film regardless of the criticisms it’s had lately.