Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a 2023 Marvel Studios film and the 31st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jeff Loveness, the film stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as Ant-Man and the Wasp. The story follows his family as they accidentally get trapped in the Quantum Realm and confront Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors. The film received mixed reviews, with praise for the performances, visual effects, and music, but criticism for its plot and screenplay. Despite grossing around $476 million worldwide, it underperformed at the box office. It premiered on February 6, 2023 and marked the beginning of Phase Five in the MCU.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a 2023 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope Pym/Wasp. It is the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and the 31st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jeff Loveness, the film stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the titular heroes. The story revolves around Lang, Van Dyne, and his family being accidentally transported to the Quantum Realm and confronting the villain Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors. The film also features a cast that includes Kathryn Newton, David Dastmalchian, Katy O’Brian, William Jackson Harper, Bill Murray, Michelle Pfeiffer, Corey Stoll, and Michael Douglas.
Development on the film began in 2019, with Reed and Rudd confirmed to return. Loveness joined as a writer in 2020. Filming took place in Turkey, San Francisco and Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania opened in Los Angeles on February 6, 2023, and was released in the United States on February 17, 2023, marking the start of Phase Five in the MCU. While the film received mixed reviews, praising the performances, visual effects, and score, it faced criticism for its plot, script, and tonal deviations. Despite grossing around $476 million worldwide, it failed to break even at the box office.
During her time trapped in the Quantum Realm, Janet van Dyne meets an exiled traveler named Kang, while in the present day, Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, and their daughter Cassie are accidentally sucked into the Quantum Realm after Cassie’s device activates a portal. In the Quantum Realm, Hope, Janet, and Hank discover that Kang now rules it and has dangerous ambitions.
In a rebellion against Kang’s forces, Cassie’s message reaches her inadvertently and she learns of Janet’s involvement in her rise to power. Janet confesses to Hope and Hank about her past encounter with Kang and how she foiled his plan, leading him to take revenge and dominate him.
Kang demands Scott’s help in retrieving an energy core that threatens Cassie’s life. Scott, with Hope’s help, manages to get the core, but Kang betrays them, leading to a fierce battle. With the help of their allies, including the evolved ants and Darren Cross, they take on Kang.
Janet fixes the power core and they use it to escape the Quantum Realm. However, Kang attacks Scott, but with Hope’s return, they defeat Kang and destroy the power core, seemingly ending the threat from him.
In the mid-credits scene, other Kang variants, led by Immortus, plan a multiversal uprising. In the post-credits scene, Loki and Mobius meet another Kang variant, Victor Timely, in 1901 on Earth.
- Paul Rudd reprises his role as Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man. He is now a famous celebrity and the author of a book called “Beware of the Little One”, which recounts his version of how he helped save the universe in Avengers: Endgame.
- Evangeline Lilly returns as Hope van Dyne, who now assumes the role of the Wasp. She runs the Pym van Dyne Foundation and continues her humanitarian efforts using Pym Particles. The film explores her vulnerabilities and how she deals with them.
- Jonathan Majors stars as Kang the Conqueror, a time-traveling multiversal adversary. Kang needs Pym Particles to activate a device that grants him control over time and allows him to travel anywhere. He is an alternate timeline variant of Loki’s He Who Remains.
- Kathryn Newton stars as Cassie Lang, Scott’s 18-year-old daughter. She takes an interest in Pym’s notes and the science of the Quantum Realm, eventually acquiring a costume similar to her father’s.
- David Dastmalchian returns as Veb, a slimy creature living in the Quantum Realm. The ooze from him helps others understand the language of the Quantum Realm.
- Katy O’Brian stars as Jentorra, the leader of the Freedom Fighters who opposes Kang’s oppressive rule in the Quantum Realm.
- William Jackson Harper stars as Quaz, a telepath living in the Quantum Realm.
- Bill Murray appears as Lord Krylar, the governor of the Axia community in the Quantum Realm. He has a history with Janet van Dyne.
- Michelle Pfeiffer reprises her role from Janet van Dyne, the mother of Hope and the original Wasp, who was trapped in the Quantum Realm for 30 years.
- Corey Stoll returns as Darren Cross, who has transformed into M.O.D.O.K. after being shrunk in the Quantum Realm. M.O.D.O.K. is a mutated and cybernetically enhanced character.
- Michael Douglas reprises his role as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man and a former member of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Pym is focused on reuniting with Janet and seems more relaxed in this movie.
Additional characters include Randall Park as FBI Agent Jimmy Woo, Gregg Turkington as Dale the Baskin-Robbins store manager, Ruben Rabasa as a cafeteria manager, and Mark Oliver Everett as a man who requests a photo with the his dog The post-credits scene features uncredited appearances by Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius from the Loki series.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania went through a development process with director Peyton Reed expressing interest in further exploring the quantum realm. The film was officially confirmed in November 2019, with Peyton Reed returning as director. Filming was initially scheduled to begin in January 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed and principal photography began in July 2021. The film features Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne. / Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne. Jonathan Majors was cast as the main antagonist, Kang the Conqueror, after the alternate version of him, He Who Remains, appeared in the Disney+ series Loki. Other actors including Kathryn Newton, Randall Park, and William Jackson Harper were also confirmed to have roles in the film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was set to explore the Quantum Realm extensively and be a larger, more sprawling film with a different visual template. The film’s release date was pushed back several times due to the pandemic, eventually set to February 17, 2023. In post-production, the film was edited to remove unfinished visual effects and accommodate changes to the plot. A mid-credits scene introduces the Council of Kangs, setting up future multiverse-related events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film’s visual effects were handled by several renowned companies, including Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light & Magic. In early 2023, Marvel Studios took legal action to identify and address leaks of the film’s script and subtitle files on Reddit.
Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania aims to be a significant addition to the MCU, featuring a family adventure, epic sci-fi war, and coming-of-age story, with a profound impact on Phase Five of the franchise. and beyond. .
Box Office :
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has earned $214.5 million in the United States and Canada and $261.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $476.1 million. However, the film fell short of its reported breakeven point of $600 million, making it a box office disappointment.
During its opening weekend, the film was projected to earn $120 million in North America over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend. It opened to $106.1 million domestically (a total of $120.4 million over the extended weekend) in 4,345 theaters, making it the best opening for the Ant-Man series and the third opening. highest in February, behind Black Panther and Deadpool.
In its second weekend, the film experienced a significant 69% drop and grossed $32 million in North America. This drop was the biggest drop in the second week of any Marvel Cinematic Universe film. In its third weekend, the film earned $12.4 million, down 61%.
Internationally, the film grossed $121.3 million in its opening weekend. In the second weekend, it earned $46.4 million down 57%, maintaining its position as the best non-local film in most markets. In the third weekend, it generated $22 million from 52 markets, experiencing a 53% drop. The top five international markets for the film were China, the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, and South Korea.
In short, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania had a decent opening but faced significant drops in the weeks that followed. Despite earning more than $476 million worldwide, it was considered a box office disappointment, falling short of its break-even point of $600 million.