‘Irresistible energy’: Ant-Man 3’s first reaction says it’s ‘Star Wars meets the MCU’
First reactions to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has arrived – and, unsurprisingly, looks like another win for Marvel Studios.
Ant-Man 3begin Marvel phase 5 on February 17th, there was a world premiere last night (February 6). And, with the lifting of the social media embargo the next day Marvel of the Cinematic Universe (MCU), critics and influencers have given their opinions on how good (or not) it is.
Fandango’s Erik Davis was one of the first to give their thoughts on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Given the film’s Star Wars-style aesthetic and sci-fi epic vibe, it should come as no surprise that Davis has likened Marvel’s latest film to the legendary franchise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lucasfilm (among other things):
STAGE 5 HAS STARTED! The new #AntMan movie is like a psychedelic roller coaster full of scary and hilarious weirdos, plus a VERY scary Kang. The big STAR WARS vibes meet the MCU at its weirdest and most innovative. MODOK was a riot, but Jonathan Majors conquered. Love the trip! pic.twitter.com/gdJqHld3rTFebruary 7, 2023
Davis suggests that Jonathan Majors’ Kang appears to be stealing the show during his second outing in the MCU (Majors plays one of Kang’s variations, He Who Remains, in the series). Loki season 1). And it seems many others agree – Buzzfeed’s Nora Dominick calls him “a force” and that the Majors “bring complexity to Kang with just one look”:
Jonathan Majors is a force in #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania. He was attractive, cool and delivered a top performance. I love the complexity he brings to Kang with just one look. The MCU really won with this casting pic.twitter.com/4W8VCLGFBvFebruary 7, 2023
by DisInsider Pilot Dempsey (opens in a new tab)Breed of Tazz Jangcay (opens in a new tab)and CineXpress’ Fico Cangiano (opens in a new tab) They all praised Majors’ Kang, calling him a “bastard” and that Ant-Man 3 was “his show” once he hit the big screen.
There is so much love for quantumSo does the leading man of – Paul Rudd, aka Scott Lang/Ant-Man – as well. Hashtag Program daring hunter (opens in a new tab) describes Scott as a “hero”, while CBR’s Ashley Saunders hailed Rudd as “liker than ever”:
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP QUANTUMANIA is a LIVE FESTIVAL full of surprises (big and small). A WILD TRIP from start to finish. Jonathan Majors CONFIRM as Kang, The Dynasty Has Come. Paul Rudd is as adorable as ever & 2 Post Credit scenes!#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania #Quantumania pic.twitter.com/oHJwrKtwy3February 7, 2023
Michael Lee of Nerds of Color also praised director Peyton Reed’s handling of Marvel’s first Phase 5 film, particularly praising his work on Palestinians for helping shape the film’s overall visual design and production:
Peyton Reed’s time as director of episodes of The Mandalorian really shows. Not only in his use of Episodes but also in the production and character design. It’s out of this world! #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania #AntManAndTheWaspFebruary 7, 2023
Double the Star Wars comparison, Germain Lussier of Gizmodo described Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as “the best Star Wars movie since 2018”, adding that its world-building feels “a bit non-Marvel” and Michelle Pfeiffer’s “stealing” of the show:
The best Star Wars movie since 2018 is #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania. It’s a huge sci-fi adventure with a beautiful world building that feels almost unlike Marvel in terms of the number of world buildings there. But it has humor, heart, Kang completely dominates and Michelle Pfeiffer steals it. pic.twitter.com/vRO2Poko2sFebruary 7, 2023
There’s a strange reaction that’s not universally positive, mind you. The Big Thing’s Kristian Harloff said “I don’t think it’s going to work for everyone” and that “it’s a bit chaotic towards the end”, but combines those criticisms with the way it nicely blends ” Star Wars, Fifth Element, Dune and Strange World”:
So #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania has gone to great lengths to be an epic sci-fi movie. Blend of Star Wars, Fifth Element, Dune + Strange World. I don’t think it will suit everyone but I really like this tune. It was a bit chaotic towards the end but ended well. regulations of Khang.February 7, 2023
Finally, The Movie’s podcast duo Daniel Baptista (opens in a new tab) and Anthony Gagliardi were less impressed than other audiences. Baptista calls it “sure but too ambitious” and “misses the humor throughout”. Gagliardi goes even further, suggesting that it’s “filled with supplements” and completely “off-target” (ouch). However, Gagliardi agreed with the others on Majors’ “devious and ruthless” performance as Kang:
#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania should have successfully activated Phase 5, but it failed to achieve its goal. The story is full of filler, which is sufficient but lacks depth. Still, Majors delivered a stellar performance as the cunning and ruthless #Kang. I wish it had left an impression. pic.twitter.com/2PFB2lMWOgFebruary 7, 2023
Before you get too excited about the reactions above (most of them anyway), remember: critics and influencers have liked Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are more likely to give their opinion now than those who don’t like it. So while it seems Ant Man The sequel three are yet another Marvel success, so it’s best to wait for critical reviews that don’t reveal spoilers before launching on February 17th.
While you wait Ant-Man 3 Reviews are released online, there is a lot of Marvel content for you to read. First, check out ours Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania official trailer analysis. Once you’ve done that, read ours summarizing the best responses to the MCU’s MODOK iterationone of Ant-Man 3secondary antagonist’s.
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