Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the third Ant-Man movie, the 31st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first film of Phase 5. It introduces Kang the Conqueror, a warlord with designs on interdimensional destruction. It sets the stage for a multi-film plot arc, which will culminate with two new Avengers films. So why does this film feel so inessential and lightweight, even as universe-sized threats rear their ugly heads?
Part of the problem is the Ant-Man character itself, who is better suited to quippy comic relief than high-stakes drama. Another part of the problem is the prior Phase 4 slate of films, which varied in quality and cohesiveness. Then again, Quantumania just made $225 million globally in its opening weekend, so none of this may matter, at least for the immediate future. Clearly, the Marvel brand is strong enough to withstand a rough patch.
Kang is a wonderful character played by a fantastic actor, Jonathan Majors. The actor is set to appear in multiple MCU projects moving forward—the next Avengers film is subtitled The Kang Dynasty—so let’s hope he gets a better script and story befitting his importance, and let’s hope the Phase 5 films do a better job of framing him as a Thanos-level threat.
Here are 20 Easter eggs and references you might have missed in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, plus a breakdown of those end credits scenes, which foreshadow the looming multiverse war to come.