February 23, 2024

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania.


Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania it’s in theaters now. The officer appears in the new sequel Marvel Cinematic Universe The debut of Kang The Conqueror, Ant-Man battles Scott Lang and friends in a high-stakes battle with the entire multiverse at stake. As before Ant-Man films, there is a heist at the center of the story. during Quanmania, Kang wants to use Scott’s abilities as a thief to retrieve his lost technology core. Compared to the robbery narratives described elsewhere Ant-Man movies, Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Waspuse of a theft Quanmania it was not well thought out and not so well constructed. We will look at the theft aspect used there Quanmania and examine why it failed with previous Ant-Man films.

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‘Ant-Man’ brought the Heist Genre to the MCU

Paul Rudd with his arms crossed as Scott Lang
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When looking at some of the best parts of the MCU, it’s worth noting that the creative teams use a variety of genres to use as narrative models for their films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier it’s a political thriller set against a World War II action adventure Captain America: The First Avenger. The Iron Man the films are techno-thrillers. Spider-Man: Homecoming It’s a high school comedy in the style of John Hughes. Guardians of the Galaxy It’s a pop-rock space opera. In this respect, Ant-Man the films are modeled after heist films, and there is a heist at the center of each one.

In Ant-ManHank Pym (Michael Douglas) hires Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) that has been taken over by Darren Cross to steal his technology from his company (Corey Stoll). The film’s narrative revolves around preparing for the heist and training Scott Lang to become the new Ant-Man to carry out the heist. In Ant-Man and the Waspheist is a race against the clock Hank, Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), and Scott/Ant-Man to rescue Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. If they don’t follow this short window, Hank and Hope will never be reunited with Janet, so time is of the essence.

In both films, suspense and a ticking clock build around the heists. In the first film, Scott and his allies must finish the heist before Darren Cross starts selling Pym’s technology and the Yellowjacket suit to the likes of HYDRA. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank and Hope have a limited window to complete the heist to save Janet, or they will never be reunited. The thefts were part of the previous narratives Ant-Man the movies They are not secondary to the active plot, but the films are overall active plots for the heroes.

The heist-style narrative doesn’t stop there Ant-Man and the Wasp. It keeps coming in Avengers: Endgame, as the rest of the Avengers and Scott Lang, devise a “Time Heist”. Through the Time Heist, the remaining Avengers use the Pym Particles and a time machine to travel through time and obtain the Infinity Stones to save their fallen comrades who were wiped out by Thanos (Josh Brolin) Meanwhile Avengers: Infinity War. In other words, the robbery was included in the narrative Ant-Man the film, after all, includes them Avengers: Endgame and it is crucial for the heroes to defeat Thanos, save all the people killed by Thanos and save the world.

‘Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania’s Heist’ is featured

Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer Janet Van Dyne and Evangeline Lilly Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania
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On the contrary, included theft Quanmania it’s more or less an afterthought. The heist doesn’t come into play until midway through the film. After Kang the Conqueror formally introduced himself to Scott and Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), makes Scott an offer. If Scott Lang uses his abilities to regain his lost power core, Kang will let Scott and Cassie live and bring them back home. In Scott’s defense, he hasn’t given much of a chance in the matter, lest Kang torture and kill Cassie in front of him. Scott agrees to retrieve the power core, and with Hope’s help, they restore it to its original state. Kang needs the power core, as it is the main escape route from the Quantum Realm. Without a power core, it has no output.

The execution of the robbery narrative in the year Quanmania it is definitely missing. Kang doesn’t need Scott Lang or his skills as a thief. Scott’s Ant-Man suit requires Pym Particles and the technology that allows Scott to use Pym Particles. Kang is depicted in 2023 as a genius with far more advanced technology and abilities than Earth has ever seen. On his own, Ant-Man and The Wasp are no match for him, and he easily dismisses them at first. What is it about Pym Particles and Hank Pym’s technology that Kang can’t replicate? Why does he need Ant-Man to do the heist, when he could just kill Ant-Man, take his technology, study it for a bit, and then figure it out himself? Unlike the previous films, Kang does not have a watch. The Quantum Realm is set to be timeless. In other words, Kang is in no rush. He spent considerable time subduing the Quantum Realm and building a tyrannical empire. There is no rush when Scott Lang can personally restore the core himself. And then, when the power core is restored, the stealing aspect is pretty much over for most Quanmania. The heist subplot no longer drives the film’s plot forward.

Quanmania It has certainly become one of the most divisive features of the MCU among fans and critics alike. However, the difference is evident in the way the robbery aspect is integrated in the previous films Quanmanianot to mention not being the usual ones before Ant-Man films, such as Luis (Michael Peña) and Maggie Lang (Judy Greer). Unfortunately, Luis and Maggie are nowhere to be found Quanmania, and their presence is sorely lacking. At the same time, Quanmania it lacks that brutal robbery that is constantly present in the previous films, making them more attractive to the audience. In the film’s defense, it’s not bad Quanmania tried something different Ant-Man series, but the heist film structure of the previous films worked almost as well and conditioned audiences and critics to expect something similar for a third outing. Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania it’s in theaters now.

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