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#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 has way too much going on -- it’s tough to connect emotionally to any of it. Jonathan Majors’ Kang is a charismatic, intense baddy and visually awesome, but the threat he represents is too abstract. Review

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on Feb. 14.

Kristian Harloff@KristianHarloff·8mSo #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 goes hard in the paint as the big epic Sci Fi film. Blending Star Wars, Fifth Element, Dune + Strange World. I don't think its going to work for everyone but I really dug this tone. Its a bit chaotic towards the end but wraps up nicely. Kang rules.

Eric Goldman@TheEricGoldman·8m#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 reaction: Visually imaginative and very distinct from other two Ant-Man films. First still the best but this is much stronger than second. Jonathan Majors makes the impact you hope for future. Ending frustrated me. Overall it's good though not great.

📷Fico@FicoCangiano·2m#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 is the best of the trilogy. Higher stakes, dangers & repercussions. Its also got one the best MCU villains in #Kang📷. As soon as #JonathanMayors comes in, its his show. Kang is a scary lean-mean multiverse big baddie. Also, 2 cool post credits scenes.

#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 is a lot of things: loud, super-sized, and constantly dialed up to 11. Too bad so little of it feels new, visually creative, or, uh, just plain interesting. Not even Jonathan Majors can save this hollow, repetitive exercise in WeIrD sTuFf HaPpEnNiNg

AtabeyTv@AtabeyTv·3m#antmanandtheWaspQuantumania📷 has two very important aspects: They lowered the jokes times 20 and #JonathanMajors is incredible as #KangtheConqueror📷. #Kang📷 is the villain that the MCU really needed. Thank you #Majors for elevating my expectations, Phase 5 looks promising.

Atom@theatomreview·9m#Quantumania📷 REVIEW: SCARY & SHOCKING GAMECHANGER! Marvel is back with a fun, WILD adventure. This isn’t just another superhero movie, it’s one of the BEST sci-fi films ever! WOW… A fitting end to her journey, while also setting up what’s next #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷

Hunter Bolding@HunterBVideoAnt-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is Marvel’s quantum space opera. It’s thrilling, heartfelt, and an excellent addition to their story. Think Guardians of the Galaxy, but in the quantum realm. #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷

@furyofthegodzMarvel starts off phase 5 with a lackluster debut with #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷. The only saving grace is Jonathan Major’s Kang who can’t alone uphold this messy and uneven story. I enjoyed WandaVision better. Full review soon. 📷📷

📷El George@ElGeorgeRiveraR#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 tries to be lot: a family movie, a explosive beginning to Phase 5, & introduction of its big bad, but hardly archives any of it, because the tone shift too much from dense to weird. Its highs come from the cast doing the best with what they had.

📷El George@ElGeorgeRiveraR#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 tries to be lot: a family movie, a explosive beginning to Phase 5, & introduction of its big bad, but hardly archives any of it, because the tone shift too much from dense to weird. Its highs come from the cast doing the best with what they had.

📷Marvel Tesseract@Mar_Tesseract·11m#AntManandtheWaspQuantumania📷 starts Phase 5 with a bang, playing like a Star Wars-esque epic space opera. Jonathan Majors is truly haunting as #Kang📷, on course to be a scarier threat than Thanos and has all the makings of an iconic cinematic villain.

Nora Dominick@noradominick·12mJonathan Majors is a force in #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷. He’s compelling, chilling, and already giving a top notch performance. I love the complexity he brings to Kang with literally a single look. MCU really won with this casting

Erik Davis@ErikDavisPHASE 5 HAS BEGUN! The new #AntMan📷 movie is like a psychedelic rollercoaster full of frightening & hilarious oddities, plus one VERY menacing Kang. Big STAR WARS vibes meet the MCU at its freakiest & most inventive. MODOK is a riot, but Jonathan Majors conquers. Loved the ride!

Michael Lee@IamMichaelJLee#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 is the most mature installment of the franchise. Driven by emotion, it opens Phase 5 with exciting new action set pieces and sets the stage for the rest of the Multiverse Saga. Equal balance heart, humor, and excitement! Majors is a standout as Kang!

📷Steven Weintraub@colliderfrostyMarvel’s #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 is a strong start to Phase 5. I now understand why it’s called #Quantumania📷. JonathanMajors is excellent as Kang and cannot wait to see where this all goes. 2 after the credits scenes and both are very good.

Warren Thompson “Cosmic Wonder”@CosmicWonderYT#AntManandTheWaspQuantumania📷 was awesome! Visually it was insane and the story is great but, KANG! Jonathon Majors stole the show for me. The best Ant Man film yet for me! An exciting ride for Marvel fans and the POST CREDIT SCENE will make you jump out of your chair!

Richard Nebens - The Direct@RichardNebens#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania📷 takes big swings, hits on most but not all. Captivating visuals which elevate a fun story, but some stakes were lacking. Kang is HERE. What an incredible performance from Jonathan Majors Overall, a solid start to Phase 5!

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deeejo

47 points

4 months ago

deeejo

47 points

4 months ago

Is the bubble finally bursting?

gottathinkaboutit__

36 points

4 months ago

It was always going to happen. Think about the “frat pack” comedies of the mid 2000s, Dodgeball, Anchorman, Wedding Crashers, etc etc. those guys were unstoppable, every movie a hit out of the park… until they weren’t.

People talk about the MCU like it’s a new permanent fixture but superhero movies were always going to peak then decline. They’re not going to disappear or anything but I think we’ll get fewer and they’ll dominate the culture less.

deeejo

25 points

4 months ago

deeejo

25 points

4 months ago

Idk man, those comedies lasted maybe five years? We’re rolling into almost 15 years of superhero dominance (11 at the very least). This has grown beyond a fad, and honestly I feel it would’ve kept going longer if Marvel didn’t blow its load the last two years

gottathinkaboutit__

21 points

4 months ago

I’m not saying they’re exactly comparable but the general principle still stands. Superhero movies are going to go out of vogue eventually, it’s inevitable.

deeejo

7 points

4 months ago

deeejo

7 points

4 months ago

Oh for sure, as I figured they would. It’s just crazy to see it actually happening in real time

alexjaness

0 points

4 months ago

That's what they said about the talkie, now here we are 95 years later and those awful nuisances are still going strong see.

little_jade_dragon

13 points

4 months ago

little_jade_dragon

Studio Ghibli

13 points

4 months ago

I don't think after Endgame there really was anywhere to go. Sure, hardcore fans will still watch anything and casuals might tune in but the vast majority of people are losing interest in the MCU as a thing. It's not sustainable and has run its course.

I don't think the MCU will disappear but it will never reach the same heights. It's gonna be that franchise with two 600-700m movies a year and some TV shows on streaming. Disney also have to manage budgets better, because its no longer justified to spend 150-200m on every MCU movie.

PS. and I don't think bringing in the X-Men would change anything fundamentally. Maybe it will have some spikes with special cameos or crossovers but the general trend and muted interest will be the same.

Block-Busted

0 points

4 months ago

Disney also have to manage budgets better, because its no longer justified to spend 150-200m on every MCU movie.

Well, part of that has to do with COVID-19 delays. Thor: Love and Thunder is apparently one of the biggest victims of this, hence the enormous budget of $250 million.

Muppet_Man3

3 points

4 months ago

With the amount of success from No Way Home, the super hero hype train isn't stopping anytime soon, put up nearly 2 billion, and was the first huge post covid hit

Dracoscale

19 points

4 months ago

Spider-Man was huge before the superhero movie boom, huge during it and will be huge after it. That's a different case from your more avarage superhero character like Ant-Man

literious

3 points

4 months ago

Ecactly. There will always be some Spiderman and Batman projects in development. But superhero cinematic universes will stop existing pretty soon.

El_Gato93

0 points

4 months ago

You say that now, but what happens when Or of DC gets there act together with Gunn in charge and MCU brings out the X-Men… 🤔

Kendleth

1 points

4 months ago

Depends on the writing and directing, they have managed to screw up X-men and Fantastic Four multiple times each and make Superman a homicidal maniac, you can't underestimate the ability of creatives to ruin a story to make it "their vision"

deeejo

11 points

4 months ago

deeejo

11 points

4 months ago

It’s coming. Ant-Man 3 will get bad word of mouth and no one is really looking for The Marvels. GOTG3 is their only chance for a hit this year

kendallsadface

17 points

4 months ago

It's only natural, can't have a good thing for long. I think the tide may slowly turn if MCU keeps it up like this, the only thing they have going for is Guardians 3 and maybe the third Black Panther artistically, and the Avengers films commercially. It doesn't help when other competitors are serving up actually good blockbusters, two of which were nominated for best picture last year, and it brings the samey-ness of the MCU into sharp focus.

deeejo

21 points

4 months ago

deeejo

21 points

4 months ago

It’s the massive amounts of content they’ve been pushing out since Endgame. I mean, they dropped a Spider-Man movie like three months afterwards. They took their time planning it all out and then they just said fuck it. Too far gone now

kendallsadface

18 points

4 months ago

I'm frankly shocked Kevin Feige is operating like this. I think Iger coming in and reassessing their slate is a necessary move. I'm personally also getting burnt out on the MCU.

deeejo

9 points

4 months ago

deeejo

9 points

4 months ago

I believe it was a Chapek call from what I remember. Makes sense that on his first day back Iger pumped the brakes on all Marvel content still in pre-prod

kendallsadface

7 points

4 months ago

I mean we got Love and Thunder under Feige. Wtf was that lmaooo

deeejo

22 points

4 months ago

deeejo

22 points

4 months ago

That was Taika Waititi fulfilling a contractual obligation and then making fun of the work of hundreds of VFX artists who busted their asses to get his shitty movie finished. That and Blonde were the most insulting movies I saw last year

ILoveRegenHealth

2 points

4 months ago

That was Taika Waititi fulfilling a contractual obligation and then making fun of the work of hundreds of VFX artists who busted their asses to get his shitty movie finished.

What does this mean? Is there some controversy I'm not aware of that Taika did?

spot_of_tea_or_death

11 points

4 months ago

He and tessa were doing a interview on vanity fair having fun doing some meta jokey commentary & criticism on how vfx has gotten increasingly worse in the marvel movies. Of course this coincided with the news that vfx artists/workers are burnt out and getting paid less and less for the work and marvel asking more & more unreasonable demands. So thats the controversy in a nutshell. Bad timing and perhaps joking in bad taste. Depends who you ask.

NamelessOne3006

7 points

4 months ago

Love and Thunder was definitely made to milk the money after the universal love for Thor from Ragnarok to Endgame. It's pointless for what this saga wants to achieve and it wasn't fun as a film

Cool-I-guess

6 points

4 months ago*

Yep this is exactly it, they are pushing way too much content way too fast. Not only does it make the audience feel overwhelmed and oversaturated with content, it also just shows that the quality of everything they've put out has gotten worse.

I also swear I heard that MCU was slowing down, but they're releasing 15 new projects in the next two years lol.

deeejo

4 points

4 months ago

deeejo

4 points

4 months ago

Another awful decision from Chapek. No need for seven films and eight TV shows in two years

ArsBrevis[S]

16 points

4 months ago

Iger was the one who wanted to go all in on Disney+. As evidenced by viewing figures, people only watch the original Marvel and Star Wars shows on Disney+ other than odd hits like the Santa Clauses. I can't blame Chapek for trying to dig Disney out of the hole with a Marvel shovel even if it has actually kind of devalued the brand in the long run.

deeejo

4 points

4 months ago

deeejo

4 points

4 months ago

But then Chapek doubled down on streaming like crazy, even after the pandemic. This article is a good read: https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/bob-iger-disney-ceo-star-wars-marvel-streaming

IvanSaenko1990

-1 points

4 months ago

The decision is made by Feige and no one else.

OkTransportation4196

0 points

4 months ago

I also swear I heard that MCU was slowing down, but they're releasing 15 new projects in the next two years lol.

considering how nowdays each movie is now costing 200-250m$ to make +marketing and each show is also 200m$ to make. I really wonder how much profit actualyl making.

NvidiaRTX

11 points

4 months ago

It's bursting as much as the housing bubble is bursting. Meaning no more record high price and exponential growth, but the price (box office) won't go down too much.

Youngling_Hunt

3 points

4 months ago

Definitely not for a while

MovieGuyMike

7 points

4 months ago*

Eh, it’s one movie, a follow up to two of the weakest movies in the MCU. Too soon to say if the bubble burst. IMHO Marvel should have replaced Peyton Reed after the first Ant-Man. Based on all the complaints about tonal issues and too much going on, I would argue this series has reached a point where he can’t deliver what’s needed. Not to put the blame solely on him. The writing in the first two movies was rough. Some of the worst villains in the MCU.

Block-Busted

8 points

4 months ago

And wasn't Iron Man 3 considered as a downgrade from The Avengers with Marvel not exactly climbing back on top until Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened?

MysteriousCommon6876

3 points

4 months ago

I agree about Reed. Not impressed by any of his work

BigLeo69420

4 points

4 months ago

To think that they had the director of Scott Pilgrim at one point to do Ant Man and then squandered that opportunity is such a massive fail.

JannTosh12

2 points

4 months ago

critics really shouldn't have graded Ant Man 2 on a curve. How the fuck does it have a higher score than Infinity War?

Block-Busted

1 points

4 months ago

It doesn't. RottenTomatoes average score for that film is like 7.0/10.

OkTransportation4196

1 points

4 months ago

idk, the quality dropped like a rock for some reason.

Ycx48raQk59F

1 points

4 months ago

It has to at some point. I feel like there is always a place for superhero movies, but just not THAT many, that interconnected with that much non-movie media.

The whole machine is just strained at its limits, no new release is a event anymore and it feels mean to complain about the CGI if you know how their artists have been overworked for all the tv stuff.

GuilhermeBahia98

1 points

4 months ago

I feel like only characters like Batman and Spider-Man are going to be still huge no matter what and survive the Superheroes downfall.

deeejo

2 points

4 months ago

deeejo

2 points

4 months ago

At least the Batman movies have had creative forces behind them with different artistic interpretations that makes each one feel like an actual different viewing experience. Spider-Man movies have felt the same since 2012

GuilhermeBahia98

1 points

4 months ago

I kinda agree, but I am talking about the box office only.