Before seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Realm, I read a few reviews. And the reviews were not kind. The reviews used words like, “Bloated,” and “A Mess,” as well as “Fell flat, noisy, and bad.” And after seeing it, I don’t disagree with some of those reviews. But much like Marvel films, the reviewers try too hard. It’s best not to overthink a superhero movie.
Occasionally, a superhero film knocks it out of the cinematic park. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. One, Black Panther, and Avengers: Endgame. I could easily give you a list in order of my top 20 Marvel movies. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Real would not make that list. That being said, I enjoyed the movie and I’m glad I watched it in the theater.
Quantum Realm sets the next stage for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introduces the next big bad guy, Kang the Conqueror. Jonathan Majors plays Kang and is incredible. I’ve long been a fan of Majors and have gushed over his non-verbal acting in the show Lovecraft Country. He brings his acting chops to the movie and soaks up every screen time he’s given. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly play the title characters and they’re joined by Hollywood icons, Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas. Kathryn Newton plays Scott Lang’s (Ant-Man) daughter Cassie. Family fighting and staying together is a central plot point in the film.
A lot more reviews will come out and trash Quantum Realm. I’m sure social media will blow up complaining about the movie. It won’t stop the newest Ant-Man flick from making a ton of money and entertaining kids and comic book fans.
The effects were fantastic, and it plays more like a sci-fi movie than a superhero movie. Most of the movie takes place in the Quantum Realm and is flashy and exciting. Strange new characters are introduced and Paul Rudd brings a lot of humor to the film. I like the movie and enjoyed it, but of course, I enjoy almost all Marvel movies.
Let’s get into why you are probably reading this: Is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Realm appropriate for kids?
I took my 11-year-old to see the movie, and he had no issues. I will not take my 7-year-old and wait for it to come out on Disney Plus to let her see it. Like all the other Marvel movies, there is a lot of fighting and many life forms die. There are some scary images and there’s more cursing in this movie than most of the other Marvel films.
Here’s a breakdown:
Action: A lot of fighting and dying. If they’ve seen Endgame or Guardians of the Galaxy movies, they should be fine with this one.
Sex: None, but there are a couple of innuendos.
Cursing: Similar to the Guardians’ movies.
Scary Images: Some. Again, similar to the Guardians.
If you have a sensitive viewer, you might want to wait. The battle scenes can be intense, but I think most of my 11-year-old’s friends will see it and not have any issues.
Now to wait for the rest of Phase 5.