`Quantumania’ doesn’t have enough Ant-Man


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The newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is both a disappointment and refreshing.

Max Pegher, Staff Writer

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming up on 15 years of movie-making, its newest installment is a breath of fresh air in some ways and a disappointment in others.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the start of Marvel’s Phase 5 of the MCU, and it continues the tradition of passing on mantels, with Cassie (Kathryn Newton), the daughter of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), getting her own suit.

In the movie, Lang’s daughter decides to build a machine to map out the Quantum Realm, a miniature alternate dimension, and the machine fails. Scott, his wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and Cassie get transported to this realm, only to learn of a dictator ruling over the realm.

While this movie has many strong points, there also are many weak ones. With no confirmation of a fourth Ant-Man movie, fans are left to assume this is the final one. However, this did not feel like the final Ant-Man movie. It feels more like a prequel for Kang the Conqueror, who is the next big threat for the MCU, and it kind of pushes Ant-Man to the side.

This movie does set up a lot for the future, and the elements that it contains are well executed. It does well at introducing Kang as a villain, continuing the building of Scott and Cassie’s relationship, and balancing humor with serious moments well – something that recent Marvel movies have been lacking.

This is a very good standalone movie, but as possibly the last time viewers get to see Scott Lang as Ant-Man, it could have wrapped up his story better.