‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ blends high tension and humor in worlds not seen before

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With $104 million made in its opening weekend, Peyton Reeds’ film “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania invites everyone to sit down and enjoy a captivating story centered around the importance of family while adding an up-and-coming new evil. The movie, starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne (the Wasp), Kathryn Newton as Cassandra Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conquerer, blends tension and hilarity beautifully throughout its 205 minutes of runtime. The film touches upon meaningful themes, such as the struggles of fatherhood and abuse of power from those in authority, all while maintaining a sense of humor.

One of the film’s greatest feats is its incredible world building. The universe of the Quantum Realm, which had been mentioned and teased in earlier Marvel films, is more deeply explored here through stunning, colorful visuals and unique character designs. Accompanied by top of the line CGI, the numerous action-packed scenes keep you on the edge of your seat. Though many of the scenes are reminiscent of familiar Star Wars settings, such as the famous Cantina scene, Marvel manages to put their own spin on the films’ various environments while still maintaining an “out-of-this-world” atmosphere.

Furthermore, the movie is effectively able to balance focus between the Ant-Man’s individual storyline and the greater narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film centers around Scott Lang as he tries to save his family and get home while simultaneously being hunted in strange lands. Moreover, the importance of Kang the Conquerer, who was previously introduced during the finale of the television series “Loki,” is reinforced as the scale of his powers and the consequences of his existence in the MCU are vastly elaborated upon. After watching the movie, it is clear who the Avengers will have to battle next to save the universe.

With its fantastic acting and marvelous scenery, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is the perfect way to set up the rest of phase five of the MCU.