Quantumania receives mixed reviews


Cathy Schultz

Photo illustration of Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Cassie Lang.

Cathy Schultz, Staff Writer

The third installment of the Ant-man movies, released Feb. 19, is currently the No. 1 movie in theaters; however many people are critics. 

The movie picks up after Avengers: Endgame, in which Scott Lang, Antman, is reunited with the rest of his family. The movie then follows Scott, his daughter Cassie, Hope VanDyne, Hank Pym and Janet VanDyne as they get stuck in the quantum realm, a universe that you must shrink extremely small to enter. 

  The movie is an overall fairly good movie. It had many good qualities, including the plot, most of the characters, the cinematography, and the set up for the next movies. However, a couple of things that did not live up to what was expected of them. 

One of the best parts in the movie was the cinematography, which has loads of beautiful computer generated images. The realistic CGI elevated the entire plot. 

The plot is also good. It flowed well with little holes bringing the same spirit and vibe as the other Ant-man movies do, while setting up for future events. The plot also keeps most of the returning characters consistent with their appearances in other movies.  

The majority of the characters were very good. Scott, Hope, Hank, and Janet continued to be well-rounded, developed characters without undergoing any unnecessary changes. However, the introduction of new characters was either hit or miss.

First off, Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter, has grown up and is involved in the plot for the first time. Cassie is perfectly developed into a witty, lively character, just like her dad. Making Cassie upbeat and enjoyable was an amazing choice because it shows her dad’s impact on her, which I personally love. 

Additionally, MODAK was introduced into the movies for the first time. MODAK, a man meshed with a machine, in the comics is a menacing force to be reckoned with. Yet, the movie made him into a sort of a comic relief. Usually the gamble of changing characters this drastically does not turn out too well, but bringing the light-hearted, fun spiritedness of the Antman movies into the development of MODAK paid off. Since MODAK was not really that important in the plot and not the main villain in the movie, the change worked. Some would disagree but I think that this change did not ruin the movie. 

However, the re-introduction of Kang was not as good as it should have been. Kang, the main villain of the movie, is a powerful and important character in not only this movie but future movies also. Kang is a brutal multiversal conqueror who is set to spark a huge war in the future. Except in this movie, we only saw glimpses of that Kang. He is mellowed down to keep the fun loving spirit alive. This attempt to include him while keeping the movie light-hearted was a good idea with poor execution. If Kang is not as important to the movies, then this gamble could have worked. However, with many future movies and shows including Kang, he needs to be kept consistent throughout all the projects he appears in. 

Besides the development of Kang, the movie was consistent with old movies and set up new movies well. The movie pulled elements from the first two Antman movies and even some of the Avengers movies. The movie also set up for many possibilities to continue the marvel franchise. 

Overall the movie was pretty good with only a couple of mediocre characteristics, the good outweighed the bad. I would definitely recommend this movie if you are looking for an amusing, witty movie to go see.