If it wasn’t clear before, it certainly is now: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in the midst of a funk.
While Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantuamania was meant to represent the exciting first chapter in the franchise’s Phase 5, the reception has been far from positive as the film currently has a 50% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is the second-lowest score in MCU history.
The film is also at the center of some pretty scathing reviews, as some fans believe the film is nothing more than a commercial for the next Avengers movie.
I’m not mad. I’m not even disappointed. In fact, I don’t have any feelings about it. But Ant-Man and The Wasp #Quantumania is absolutely horrendous. Truly terrible.
— Jack Howard (@JackHoward) February 15, 2023
ant-man quantumania is TERRIBLE i slept for like 6 minutes in the middle and when i woke up the plot went absolutely no fucking where 😭😭😭😭😭
— ridz (@filmkirbys) February 15, 2023
Ant-man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a dull, depressing and lifeless husk of film.
A glorified Avengers 5 trailer that lacks any creative vision while being bombarded with distractingly awful CGI and cringeworthy humor.
This could be the MCU‘s worst film to date.
Grade: 2/10 pic.twitter.com/FoS8h8eY4o
— The Moonlight Warrior 🌙 (@BlackMajikMan90) February 16, 2023
Words like “awful” and “terrible” are frequently tossed around when describing the film.
"Thor has the worst series of movies in the mcu"
Ant man : pic.twitter.com/twE4u3i4ss
— Iron Spine (@Mark_3963) February 14, 2023
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA is awful. Feels like a rejected Star Wars script from 10 years ago that was dusted off and not punched up. Oddly humorless, overstuffed, and Peak "Marvel commercial for future things." Jonathan Majors innocent. https://t.co/iDak74sgmr
— Hoai-Tran Bui (@htranbui) February 14, 2023
Never been high on the Ant Man films but #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania has to be one of the worst MCU entries in a while. Jonathan Majors as Kang gives a standout performance for the most part. Terrible vfx & jokes that don’t land. What a shame pic.twitter.com/eXYQqZDsNl
— Nicholas Whitcomb (@Whos_Nick) February 14, 2023
The reactions to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania have been similar to how films such as Thor: Love and Thunder, Eternals, and Black Widow were received.
bro the new ant man might be the worst marvel movie ever, shit was so ass and there’s literally no good parts to it
— nick 🏴☠️ (@ROTYNick) February 16, 2023
Ant Man Quantumania. The editing, the music, the world, the actors, the dialogue, it was all ATROCIOUS. This is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen holy shit. Kang was good, he should not have been in this movie. 2/10 pic.twitter.com/a9IKuae6I9
— Dee (@ThePokeStriker) February 16, 2023
how many more of these are Marvel going to eat before they try to correct their trajectory?
if you’re making 3 movies a year and 1 or 2 are mediocre (or even outright bad)… that’s not good! pic.twitter.com/vGUzV27HYS
— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) February 14, 2023
During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige said they were going to begin to further space out the time between Disney+ releases, perhaps an acknowledgment that Marvel needs to start focusing on quality instead of quantity again.
Luckily for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its fans, the next film in the franchise will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which should stem the tide of poor reviews thanks to the steady directorial hand of James Gunn. The problem for Marvel, though, is that Guardians 3 is Gunn’s last project with the studio as he’s now the co-CEO of DC Studios.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will officially hit theaters on Friday, February 17, with showings beginning on Thursday, February 16. In addition to Paul Rudd as Ant-Man/Scott Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, the film stars Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Kathryn Newton, David Dastmalchian, William Jackson Harper, Katy O’Brian, and Bill Murray.
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