February 21, 2024

Editor’s Note: The following contains full spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaOne of Marvel Studios’ biggest faults with most of their films is the lack of tension or stakes in their single stories, and that’s sadly the case. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023). The official start of the fifth phase of the MCU and the second third of the Multiverse Saga is off to a great start with the third. Ant-Man the movie He is not alone Quanmania has been the worst entry in the trilogy, but the film has also seen some of the lowest review scores in the entire franchise. the eternal ones (2021). Meanwhile Quanmania it certainly has some bright spots, such as a promising performance Jonathan Majors like the next big Marvel villain, Kang the Conqueror, issues with the film’s shockingly unfunny humor, underused characters, forgettable story, and more make it one of the weakest entries in the MCU.

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Although perhaps the biggest sin Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania It’s one that remains ever-present in Marvel’s projects: a clear lack of stakes and consequences. As we’ve seen in too many MCU movies outside Avengers series, the protagonists of these stories seem to have an endless supply of earth armor, otherwise they never seem to be in danger of death, serious harm, or major consequences. It’s usually a minor annoyance that can be forgiven if the story is good enough, though Quanmaniaa glaring mistake considering Kang the Conqueror is being billed as the next Thanos (Josh Brolin). A creature so powerful and so dangerous that it has destroyed entire timelines and massacred multiple versions of the Avengers, yet barely managed to scratch Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) – Hero who can’t remember if Kang killed him or not.

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While we’re not necessarily suggesting that we need realism in Marvel’s usual doses, having a creature like Ant-Man and his family Kang survive with only a few bumps and bruises is a pretty tough pill to swallow.


Scott shouldn’t make it out of Kang alive

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors as Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
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Instant details Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaThe production began to reveal itself, the idea of ​​having a Kang as the main villain Ant-Man I thought the film was a strange idea. Kang? A multi-future creature whose advanced technology is capable of disintegrating life forms at the push of a button. Ant-Man? It can shrink and grow.

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It’s a strange match for sure, and maybe that was the intention. Ant-Man has typically been a joke character in the MCU, with other established heroes like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) constantly mocking the “normal-sized man”. Perhaps Scott Lang’s takedown of a threat as significant as Kang is meant to show how far the character has come since his debut in 2015, completing his evolution from comic relief to punching bag to respected leader. It looks good on paper, but even so, Scott’s victory over Kang is still too easy and ultimately unearned.

Part of this is also Kang himself, because he didn’t kill Scott right away when he had the chance. He went from literally disintegrating dozens of soldiers to monologuing in the ears of Scott and his family before being beaten up by some tech-savvy ants. Even in a fist fight with Scott, Kang is unable to hold his own. That’s the point something It had to happen to Scott to make Kang feel more of a threat in this movie. The brave option would be to kill Scott, the acceptable option would be to have Scott and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) are still trapped in the Quantum Realm, and the least chance would be of Scott being seriously injured in some way. Instead, he runs away from the dangers of Scott Kang, the so-called fearsome Conqueror now has to fight an uphill battle to gain fear points after beating the guy controlling the ants.

‘Quantumania’ killed the wrong avenger

Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania MODOK
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Not just doing it Quanmania Don’t compromise the characters who should face the consequences, a character who decides to die is something we want to see a lot more of. Another notable positive element of the film is the unexpected return of Ant-Man’s original nemesis, Darren Cross.Corey Stoll). The villain formerly known as Yellowjacket survived his first encounter with Scott and became the deadly (and hilarious) MODOK, a mechanized organism designed solely to kill. It’s a treat to see Stoll again able to chew the scenery on screen, and the film really nails the self-serious but fundamentally funny nature of the iconic character.

That’s why it’s so frustrating for MODOK to die. From somewhere his conversation with Cassie (Kathryn Newton), the young girl he held hostage all those years ago, introduces Cross’s redemption arc. Sounds like something that could be an interesting story to follow when Kang inevitably returns, doesn’t it? Well, we’ll never know, because MODOK’s redemption kicks into high gear as he sacrifices himself by the end of the film. The film had five main protagonists and three supporting characters, which could have faced similar consequences, but instead, Quanmania It kills off a character who has historically dealt with various characters in the comics and had more potential for follow-up stories. In the end, Darren Cross jokingly states that he died as an Avenger. If he had survived a few more movies, that might have been true.

When we say we want bigger stakes and consequences in these movies, killing off a random henchman that could have made the character more interesting doesn’t count.

There’s still hope for higher stakes in the MCU in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

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Let’s hope for a more serious and dangerous story Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Whether they were groundless or not, it’s still unfortunate that the start of Marvel’s newest phase was inconclusive. However, if the rumor is very expected at first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) is believable, the writer/director’s final Marvel film James Gunn it will have some big stakes.

Not only will this be Gunn’s last film, but we know this will be the last time we see some of the actors in the MCU, e.g Dave Bautista. With that knowledge, we can imagine that Drax and maybe a few more characters will either get a proper send-off or die. Even if The Guardians movies are some of the funniest, poignant and most emotional movies in the MCU, Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) death being particularly impactful and one of the best sacrifices in the entire franchise.

Also at Comic-Con the cast and crew Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 I couldn’t help but get a little teary-eyed when discussing the movie. However, it is being billed as an emotional consequence. That emotion, whether brought through pain, death, or consequences, is essential if the MCU is to continue as the powerful success it began.

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