Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s low ratings made the writer of the film Jeff Loveness ‘sad’ and ‘despondent.’ The movie hasn’t had a good run in terms of critics’ reviews. In fact, it’s pretty close to being considered the worst MCU movie ever.
Currently, the film has a Tomatometer rating of 48% which earned the film a rotten tomato ranking. While Marvel’s Eternals currently sits at 47%. This makes Ant-Man 3, Marvel Studios’ second film to earn a rotten tomato ranking.
The movie had a high bar to reach, though. It’s the first film for MCU’s Phase 5. The film is the first to highlight the multiverse and how it will affect the next two phases of the Marvel Universe. It’s the third film in the Ant-Man trilogy. It’s the film to show off the MCU’s next big bad villain after Thanos. Expectations are through the roof. The film had too many things with very little amount of time to do them in.
Not to mention that there are reports that the special effects were affected because it was being made at the same time as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Based on those reports, Ant-Man was less of a priority for Marvel, giving the movie little room for improvement.
Ant-Man 3 Writer Affected By Poor Critic Reviews
The negative reviews did make an impact towards the writer of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Ant-Man 3 is Loveness’ first major film. Previously, he’s known for working on Rick and Morty, Miracle Workers, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He’s also written comics for both DC and Marvel.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Jeff Loveness told the outlet:
To be honest, those reviews took me by surprise. I was in a pretty low spot… Those were not good reviews, and I was like, ‘What the …?
I’m really proud of what I wrote for Jonathan [Majors, who plays the villain Kang the Conqueror] and Michelle Pfeiffer [scientist Janet Pym]. I thought that was good stuff, you know? And so I was just despondent, and I was really sad about it.
To be fair, Loveness had a lot on his plate. But regardless of how many things he had to jam into the film, it still worked. Maybe not the way many expected, but he did the hard work, and it wasn’t bad a movie overall.
Interestingly, Rotten Tomatoes also has the film with an audience score of 83%. Based on that info, it seems that the audience is actually enjoying the movie better than some MCU films. In comparison to another recent MCU film Thor: Love and Thunder, which has a lower rating with a 77% audience score, which is the same as Eternals.
The Audience Loves Ant-Man 3 More Than Critics Do
Loveness went to the cinema and checked the audience’s reaction himself.
I went to [a showing]. And an audience was laughing, and it was one of those Sullivan’s Travels, ‘watching the movie with the prisoners’ moments.
In other words, he saw that the film goers enjoyed Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quanumania, and he enjoyed the film with them. The film is doing what it was meant to do. The general audience is having fun watching the movie, which is a far cry from what critics are saying.
Nevertheless, I think Marvel is happy with Jeff Loveness’ work regardless of what the reviews say. Loveness’ background working with Marvel comics and his recent work on Rick and Morty has given him a slight advantage. He’s more familiar with the comic book universes and the multiverse.
From Ant-Man and the Wasp, he is currently working on MCU’s next major event, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
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