The Marvel hangover seems to be hitting critics hard. First reviews of the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man, and the Wasp: Quantumania are in and they are…not great. The 31st movie in the MCU lineup currently holds a 53 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes with 135 reviews so far.
If the score stands, this will make it MCU’s second-lowest-rated movie in the franchise, ahead of 2021’s Eternals. In case you’re finding it difficult to keep up with what’s happening in the Marvel universe, here’s what the official synopsis reads like: “Ant-Man and the Wasp find themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that pushes them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.”
Coming to the reviews, Doug Jamieson of The Jam Report wrote: “While there’s a kooky, psychedelic feel that echoes Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, it falls under the weight of its own ambition and loses sight of what made its two predecessors so breezily enjoyable.”
Meanwhile, Mick LaSalle from San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Ant-Man” isn’t an example of bad comedy. It’s bad drama, bad science fiction, and a waste of everyone in it, including Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas.”
Kristy Puchko of Mashable wrote: “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a chaotic, woefully unfunny mess that has forgotten why its hero was such fun. The thrill isn’t just gone, it’s been buried beneath a swarm of plot contrivances and truly hideous CGI.”
The reviews aren’t overwhelmingly negative though, with James Mottram of South China Morning Post writing: “This new Ant-Man outing truly lives up to its title. The manic multi-colored world makes it feel like you’ve just stepped in the Star Wars cantina, while weird and wonderful creatures fill the screen.”
Similarly, Richard Propes of TheIndependentCritic.com wrote: “Quantumania may not be everything I wanted it to be, but from beginning to end this was a film that touched my heart, made me laugh, and dazzled my senses.”
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