Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania starts Marvel’s Phase 5 with worrying reviews compiled on Rotten Tomatoes. Marvel has been struggling to show something interesting with MCU’s Phase 4. And some fans are getting tired of waiting for that big moment.
The latest Ant-Man film is the start of Marvel’s multiverse saga. While Phase 4 is basically the aftermath of the events of Phase 3. Marvel did introduce the multiverse in Phase 4, but it was not the centre of the story.
Phase 4 was supposed to be some form of rest period for the MCU. But at the same time, it does introduce the multiverse. While Loki introduced the Sacred Timeline and Kang the Conqueror. Half of the MCU projects during this phase acknowledged the existence of the multiverse.
Ant-Man 3 is the introduction to Phase 5, which in turn, had a lot of expectations. Not only that, but the Ant-Man films were actually pretty good. The first film is rated at 83%, while the sequel is rated at 87%.
Ant-Man 3 Reviews Are Not Good
As of writing, the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania sits at 54% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, which is not something fans would want to see. In other words, it is currently rated as one of Marvel’s worst films of all time.
Pretty much joining the ranks of Eternals, Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor: The Dark World, and Incredible Hulk. Right now, it is just one step better than Eternals, which is currently at 47%. As such, Ant-Man 3 received the green splat icon.
The movie hasn’t been released yet, so the rating can still improve. Side note, when the review embargo lifted, the critic reviews positioned Ant-Man 3 at 63%. When I started reading into this, it was at 55%. So far, it’s going down severely. The film also has gotten the green splat icon which, at the moment, includes only the Eternals.
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:
Ant-Man isn’t an example of bad comedy. It’s bad drama, bad science fiction, and a waste of everyone in it, including Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas.
Kristy Puchko of Mashable wrote:
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a chaotic, woefully unfunny mess that has forgotten why its hero was such fun. The thrill isn’t just gone, it’s been buried beneath a swarm of plot contrivances and truly hideous CGI.
David Fear of Rolling Stone wrote:
Quantumania is somehow heavy without feeling substantial, almost desperate in its dourness. Even scattered with occasional wisecracks, it makes Eternals feel positively breezy by comparison.
While some reviews were positive, it still hinted that it’s not the best it could be, as fans would have hoped.
Alan French of Sunshine State Cineplex wrote:
Rudd and Majors try to lift up the superhero sequel, but it struggles with non-comedic storytelling and weirdly choppy editing.
Luke Thompson of SuperHeroHype wrote:
If it were a meal, it would have magnificent plating and the fanciest sauce, but cut into it, and deep down it’s just a Big Mac underneath.
Grace Randolph of Beyond the Trailer said:
Some really great stuff here – especially in the first half – from Rudd, Pfeiffer & Majors. But then the film totally falls apart, crushed under the weight of being asked to do too much for the franchise. It did make me want to buy Ant-Man’s book…
Ant-Man 3 had a lot of expectations
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania had a lot going on its plate. It’s the third film and a lot of people think that the third act is the most important part of a trilogy. However, it’s the first MCU project for Phase 5. Furthermore, it’s Payton Reed’s first big spectacle that goes beyond the small-time heists of the first two films.
Based on the reviews, it seems that Paul Rudd, Jonathan Majors and Michelle Pfeiffer stood out from the rest. Majors is especially noted by critics, which is good. Meaning that he could be an entertaining addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, he’s going to be compared to Thanos, which had very little to do if you think about all his appearances in Phases 1 to 3.
Personally, Marvel Studios feels like they are spreading themselves a bit too thin lately. Phase 4 didn’t really stick the landing, especially with the movies. The TV shows were a good addition, a tad better than the movies. But overall, it just felt that Marvel is trying to do so much. Now with Phase 5 officially underway, I am hoping for a better experience than the previous Phase.
At the moment, I am worried about the future of the MCU. Mainly because people are slowly losing interest in it. It’s not going to be easy following up on Avengers: Endgame. But Marvel has proven that the multiverse storyline can be done well with Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s just going to be a huge task going forward with the Marvel Multiverse.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is still set to release in a few days. So let’s see how the general audience reacts to the film.
Will it improve the score, or will the film crumble? It would not be the first time that the audience score contradicts the critical score if ever that happens. And studios will likely pay more attention to the audience score because, well, they pay for the tickets.
What do you think of the upcoming film? Will the reviews stop you from watching the film, or did it make you more curious to watch it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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