Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date: 17th February, 2023
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, William Jackson Harper
Writer: Jack Kirby, Jeff Loveness
Director: Peyton Reed
Producer/s: Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard
Star cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Dastmalchian, Katy O’Brian & others
Director: Peyton Reed
Producers: Kevin Feige & Stephen Broussard
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Box Office Review: Pre-Release Buzz & Impression
It’s a proven fact that Marvel films do really well in India even with zero marketing. The studio enjoys a huge loyal fan base, which assures that even the worst film in Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be a washout. Coming to Ant-Man 3, the film marks the beginning of MCU’s phase 5 but if you aren’t a Marvel fan, it won’t sound that exciting to you.
Phase 4 saw some mediocre films so there are high hopes set on this one and there’s excitement around due to a couple of obvious factors. First and most important is the introduction of mega villain Kang the conqueror and his story arc leading to Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Another one is, of course, a post-credit surprise.
All said and done, Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania had a decent pre-release buzz and looks like another success story for the studio.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Box Office Review: Initial Start, Positives & Negatives
As expected, Marvel fans found their way to cinema halls and the occupancy was decent overall. Yes, it wasn’t huge like Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and Thor: Love And Thunder but good enough to mark a start.
Speaking about the positives, Ant-Man 3 has got itself a screen count of 2000+ (not confirmed though) and along with a blockbuster pricing, it guarantees good numbers. Its competitor, Shehzada is receiving mixed reviews, so that film won’t pose any major threat by eating up the share of Ant-Man 3’s young audience.
Now coming to negatives, unlike Doctor Strange or Thor, Ant-Man doesn’t have that kind of brand value for itself in India. Yes, Marvel fan base will help in covering some ground but for neutral audience, it’s doesn’t seems exciting. So, there are limitations to the film’s box office potential. To get the neutral audience into theatres, word-of-mouth and reviews play an important role and that’s where this film is lagging behind. Yes, both critics reviews and word-of-mouth are mixed and post weekend, Ant-Man 3 will definitely come down.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania doesn’t carry that much weightage as an individual film in India and thus, has its limitations. Making it worse is the mixed word-of-mouth. So, this one looks to be a strictly an average affair as per the standards set by Marvel at the Indian box office and will earn anywhere between 50-60 crores. All set to be one of the lowest grossing Marvel films in recent times!
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Bill Murray
Director: Peyton Reed
What’s Good: Moments where the film takes itself lightly & is not in its ‘I Have To Launch Kang So Let’s Spread Chaos’ mode
What’s Bad: Everything about the ‘I Have To Launch Kang So Let’s Spread Chaos’ mode
Loo Break: A whole lot of them!
Watch or Not?: Love you 3000 >>>> Love you peanut
Available On: Theatrical Release
Runtime: 125 Minutes
‘Ant-Man’ Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is living a life that ‘doesn’t make sense’ according to him, and so does this movie according to many viewers including me. ‘AntMan’, daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) now living with ‘Wasp’ Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and her genius parents ‘OG AntMan’ Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) & ‘OG Wasp’ Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer).
Following the routine template of ‘failed experiments are followed by plotlines’, Lang & family enter into Quantum Realm, the subatomic place where the rules of time and space don’t apply. It’s a world loaded with VFX which can hurt your brain & eyes at the same time. Janet has lived 30 years of her life here, so naturally, she turns the guide who is guarding a mystery involving her and Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors). And, of course, the rest of the family is trying to get back home.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Movie Review: Script Analysis
Jeff Loveness’ story serves more to Marvel’s cinematic universe than its superhero realm and storyline. Ant-Man as a superhero doesn’t hold as much of an identity as Marvel superheroes in the past, it’s about Kang, it’s about Janet, hell it’s even about Cassie. The quantum realm designed is nowhere near the dystopia created by Black Panther’s Wakanda or Thor’s Asgard.
It’s just a confusing amalgamation of some trippy elements with a Star Wars meet Dune kinda world having beings who look like Broccoli. William Pope’s cinematography is overshadowed by the extremely heavy VFX panning as there are hardly any sequences boasting even decent camera skills to talk about. The stretched-out transition to the Quantum realm scene in this one can’t hold a candle to Multiverse Of Madness’ jumping through the universe’s sequence.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Movie Review: Star Performance
Paul Rudd continues to play the confused superhero whose individual identity has blurred by mixing elements from Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man & Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. Yes, he has the charisma but when was the last time only that has worked for a superhero? Evangeline Lilly, too, is cruising toward making hope a hopeless character. The physical approach towards ‘Wasp’ holds her back from moulding herself as a superhero.
Jonathan Majors’ Kang deserved a better launchpad than this. He definitely will do a lot better than this but if the first impression is considered to be the last, then let us remember ‘He Who Remains’ from Loki & not Kang from this one. Kathryn Newton does beautifully well as Cassie but her character sketch restricts her. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet becomes the central character and remains to be the best thing about the mess. Michael Douglas’ Hank gets a couple of ‘I Am The OG Ant-Man’ moments but they don’t land owing to the mediocre writing. Bill Murray’s cameo is a colourful delight.