4. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
I just let out a huge sigh as my fingers touch the individual letters of my MacBook. Quantumania has a special place in my heart, but this cozy place has turned into a war zone as my feelings battle the harsh truth about this movie. It just isn't as good as I had initially made myself believe it was.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania somehow managed to become one of the odd ones out, not really fitting in with the cool kids of superhero movies. First up, imagine you're about to bite into a toasted sandwich that looks super yummy, but then, surprise! It's bland and barely warm at all. That's kind of what happened with Quantumania. The story felt like it was running on autopilot, lacking the zing and charm we loved in the first Ant-Man movie. The plot zigzagged like a confused ant trying to find its way back home, leaving us scratching our heads.
The CGI was pretty bad as well, with the Quantum Realm, which should have been this cool, otherworldly experience, looking like someone got a little too excited with their new graphic design software. It lacked that wow factor, making us feel like we were watching a high-budget science project rather than a blockbuster movie.
Some of the characters we had shoved down our throats were also pretty bad - from Michelle Pfeiffer's awful, terribly written character Janet to the most unnecessary and immersion-breaking appearance by Bill Murray. Janet was the bane of my existence when this movie came out. Her character was lacking. Her chemistry with the rest of the characters was just not there, and her stupid hesitation at telling her family, those she loves the most, about Kang and his plan was absolutely mind-boggling to me.
Then, there was my beautiful Kang the Conqueror. We don't need to talk about Jonathan Majors and his poor life decisions and what they have cost him (and Kang fans like myself) any more than what has already been talked about, but rewatching this movie that invested so much time into the villain's presence, with Kang's future now up in the air stings. Also, the fact Kang - a freaking 30th century GENIUS - got beat by gigantic ants......... really? Like, really, really? Inconceivable, I tell you. Felt more like a "let's see him beat the crap out of Scott Lang but not kill him and somehow lose because we need him to be tucked away for Avengers 5 and we don't want to kill Scott" punch-pulling.
TL;DR -Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania missed the mark, proving that even in a universe filled with superheroes, sometimes you can have a not-so-super day at the movies.