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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

MCU threequel falls short on humor; violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2023 125 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 13+

Bleh

I think that Marvel is just running out of good stories. This movie was just weird, didn’t make sense and I wish I didn’t waste my time watching this. There were some funny moments but mostly was just too weird. And the overuse of the word d**k was just annoying.
age 14+

It was a good movie with great effects. It was true to the MCU. Had some surprises thrown in. One miss in the language area, though, is a very in your face use of G**d**n.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (47 ):

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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