Here Are The First Reactions To ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’, The First Film In Marvel’s Phase 5

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The first reactions to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — the first movie in Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — have hit the internet.

A sequel to 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, the film marks the introduction of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, who is set to be the primary antagonist of this upcoming Phase of films and TV shows.

As for my personal reaction to the film, I felt that Quantumania was good — not excellent and not terrible. While the story worked, the plot had a few glaring holes. In fact, it reminded me of a mix of Star Wars, Land of the Lost, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The key going into it — and all MCU films these days, at least until the likes of Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Avengers role around (again) — is not expecting it to be Infinity War.

One (somewhat predictable) constant is that fans seem to love Majors as Kang.

Overall, following some lows in 2022 such as Thor: Love and Thunder, critics seem to think Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a solid start to Phase 5.

In addition to Rudd as Scott Lang, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania stars Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Kathryn Newton, David Dastmalchian, William Jackson Harper, Katy O’Brian, and Bill Murray.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the first of three Marvel films that will be released this year. Next up will be James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which hits theaters in May. Then, in late July, The Marvels — a sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel — will release.

There are also a bevy of MCU shows set to hit Disney+ this year, such as Secret Invasion, Ironheart, Echo, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and season two of both Loki and What If…?

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters in the United States on Friday, February 17.

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