Marvel Studios kicked off Phase 5 this week with its premiere of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Quantumania is the third film in the Ant-Man trilogy, following 2015’s Ant-Man and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. The third installment stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Douglas, alongside a supporting cast that features David Dastmalchian, William Jackson Harper, Katy O’Brian, and Bill Murray.
Marvel Studios wrapped Phase 4 with the anticipated-for-years Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November. It debuted atop the box office with a record-setting US$181.4 million in the U.S. and has earned US$831.2 million globally since premiering two months ago.
Peyton Reed, who’s back in the director’s chair for Quantumania, told Entertainment Weekly he hopes to bring the gravitas of Avengers films to the latest Ant-Man and the Wasp.
“People felt like, ‘Oh, these are fun little palate cleansers after a gigantic Avengers movie,’” says Reed. “For this third one, I said, ‘I don’t want to be the palate cleanser anymore. I want to be the big Avengers movie.’”
According to critics’ early reactions, it looks like Reed has hit the nail on the head. Variety editor Jazz Tangcay “had an absolute blast” with the film, while Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub called Quantumania a “strong start to Phase 5.” Some critics weren’t nearly as positive, with CNET’s Sean Keane saying the flick has “way too much going on.”
Check out the first reactions to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania below.
Marvel’s #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania is a strong start to Phase 5. I now understand why it’s called #Quantumania. JonathanMajors is excellent as Kang and cannot wait to see where this all goes. 2 after the credits scenes and both are very good. pic.twitter.com/62Ch3w2O5N— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 7, 2023
Had an absolute blast watching #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania. Creative, irresistibly energetic and filled with some great action sequences. Welcome Jonathan Majors -such a bad ass. The effects are superb. pic.twitter.com/KdVB7qvl2E— Jazz Tangcay (@jazzt) February 7, 2023
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA … trying to imagine a Marvel novice, “one ticket please,” then getting two hours of variant and multiverse talk. Jonathan Majors is great as Kang and for a good portion of the movie Michelle Pfeiffer is the main character, which is awesome— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) February 7, 2023
#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania has way too much going on — it’s tough to connect emotionally to any of it. Jonathan Majors’ Kang is a charismatic, intense baddy and visually awesome, but the threat he represents is too abstract. Review @CNET on Feb. 14. pic.twitter.com/42bDJobRgc— Sean Keane (@SpectacularSean) February 7, 2023
#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania gives some heavy Star Wars vibes! Fantastic performance from Jonathan Majors who is incredible as the big bad villain. Make sure to stay for 2 post credit scenes!— Jamie Broadnax (@JamieBroadnax) February 7, 2023
The best Star Wars movie since 2018 is #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania. It’s a huge sci-fi adventure with gorgeous world building that feels almost little un-Marvel in how much world building there is. But it’s got humor, heart, Kang completely rules & Michelle Pfeiffer steals it. pic.twitter.com/vRO2Poko2s— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) February 7, 2023
There comes a point where every franchise has to get weird, and the MCU has done just that with #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania. Like all his other roles, Jonathan Majors remains endlessly compelling. 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/cxWEcoKTze— Brian Davids (@PickYourBrian) February 7, 2023
Jonathan Majors is a force in #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania. He’s compelling, chilling, and already giving a top notch performance. I love the complexity he brings to Kang with literally a single look. MCU really won with this casting pic.twitter.com/4W8VCLGFBv— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) February 7, 2023
After a frustratingly rough act 1, #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania finally gets going, only to end where this story should’ve began. While the external stakes are clear & weighty, emotional drive felt slight (and levity even lighter). That said, Jonathan Majors rules. pic.twitter.com/qpZeKTgdUd— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) February 7, 2023
Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania is a lot of fun with lots going on. I loved seeing Scott and Cassie’s relationship and the Quantum realm. Michelle Pfeiffer is such a bad ass. Pay close attention to everything Kang says. This is just the beginning. #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania pic.twitter.com/uGqF5iI6gn— Wendy Lee Szany (@WendyLeeSzany) February 7, 2023