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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes forgiveness, redemption, teamwork, and "looking out for the little guy." Encourages selflessness and helping others (including strangers), even if that means putting yourself at risk. Flawed characters are given the opportunity to redeem themselves for past mistakes. As with most superhero movies, courage, trust, and working toward a common goal are valued.
Positive Role Models
Scott/Ant-Man, Hank, Janet, and Hope are all brave, smart, capable, selfless. Characters with flawed/uneven pasts redeem their previous mistakes. Scott's daughter, Cassie, is clever, curious, brave. She wants to help communicate with, rescue, and fight alongside all sorts of underdogs throughout the quantum realm.
The main human and humanoid characters are mostly White. Powerful antagonist Kang (Jonathan Majors) is Black. Background characters are from unspecified alien cultures. Women are strong, brave, good fighters, intelligent, and just as likely to save the day as the brave and capable men.
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Violence & Scariness
Typical superhero/Marvel movie violence, with several fight sequences and battles, both between groups and one-on-one. It's revealed (spoiler) that the villain of the story, Kang, is a world destroyer who has committed genocide. Unlike previous villains (including Thanos), he has no real attachments and seems content to kill whole armies, timelines, and universes of beings. Many background characters are killed while fighting Kang and his minions; he seems able to disintegrate them. M.O.D.O.K. is a literal killing machine. A climactic fight leaves Scott bloodied, bruised, and near death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scott and Hope kiss and embrace, as do Hank and Janet. A character makes suggestive jokes about how wild his time with Janet was during the 30 years she was stuck in the quantum realm. A woman warrior is scantily clad. A character expresses interest in Hope.
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Several uses of "holy s--t," plus "d--k," "damn," "God" (exclamatory), "ass," "a--hole." Conversation about how many "holes" human bodies have.
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Products & Purchases
Baskin-Robbins ice cream plays a prominent role as Scott's former place of employment. The uniform, the store, and the ice cream (particularly an ice cream cake) all feature in the movie. All Marvel movies have tons of tie-in merchandise, apparel, games, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A long sequence takes place in a quantum realm tavern, where alien creatures and humans drink mind-altering drinks, including a cocktail that translates what everyone is saying around them. Adults drink at meal, and Hank asks a bartender what he has that will help get him drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's third stand-alone Ant-Man movie. It follows Ant-Man/Scott (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp/Hope (Evangeline Lilly) as they face a new adventure in the dangerous quantum realm with Hank (Michael Douglas), Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), and now-teenaged Cassie (Kathryn Newton). There they encounter a supervillain who's even more mysterious and powerful than Thanos: time-traveling Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors). Expect typical MCU/superhero movie violence: There's a combination of bloody one-on-one fights and large-scale, war-like battles. Many background characters die, are injured, or narrowly escape death. Two couples occasionally embrace and kiss briefly, and there's a bit of suggestive humor courtesy of secondary characters who discuss bodily "holes" and how "wild" someone was earlier in their life. Strong language isn't frequent but includes "s--t," "ass," "d--k," and "damn." Characters drink and make references to getting drunk. Like the other Ant-Man movies, this one focuses on themes of redemption and the importance of communication, courage, empathy, and teamwork. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This serviceable third installment strips the Ant-Man franchise of its best qualities in order to promote yet another seemingly indestructible MCU villain. Rudd is so charming that the movie's opening segment in San Francisco will garner laughs and reminders of how Ant-Man, like Hawkeye, is one of the humblest Avengers: a flawed guy who's never been afraid of doing shady stuff to get things done with his crew of misfit (and hilarious) friends. But all of Scott's comic relief X-Con Security pals are gone without explanation (Michael Peña's scene-stealing Luis is especially missed), and all that's left is Scott, Hope, Cassie, and the Pyms. Perhaps because Cassie is basically a brand-new character here (since she was a tween in the last movie), there's less feeling between her and Scott than there was before. She's also simultaneously self-righteous and naive, making her both sweet and unlikable.
The quantum realm is a creature fest, with so many beings that it's hard to get a hold on who's from where. Of course, none of it really matters, because the star of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania isn't Ant-Man, the Wasp, or their loved ones. It's the villain, played by the excellent Majors with a solemn gravitas that's usually reserved for DC characters. The time-jumping Kang's backstory isn't deeply explored (there must be more to come in the next film, one imagines), but he's definitely a Big Bad. Kang is a supervillain with no complicated familial or romantic attachments -- just an unquenchable thirst for revenge, even if wiping out entire planets and timelines is what he needs to do to sate that desire. Since Janet is partially to blame for Kang's genocidal antics (in the quantum realm, at least), she's on a redemption tour, while Scott tries to keep Cassie free from harm. Is it worth watching this to keep up with the MCU? Sure. It's hard not to root for the "little guy." But this movie is "just fine" instead of particularly funny, thrilling, or memorable. And in the MCU world, that means it's second (or third) tier.
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