“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” sparked social media buzz after its Los Angeles premiere, but many critics were underwhelmed by the story in Marvel’s first Phase 5 installment… and delighted in welcoming Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror.
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily reprise their roles as Ant-Man and Wasp, respectively, with a new mission to explore the Quantum Realm. Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer reprise their roles as the van Dyne scientists and the original Ant-Man and the Wasp, respectively, while Kathryn Newton (“Freaky”) makes her Marvel debut as Scott’s older daughter Cassie.
However, it is clear that “Quantumania” belongs to ruler Kang, with Majors’ performance standing out. David Dastmalchian, William Jackson Harper, Katy O’Brian, and Bill Murray round out the cast, with Peyton Reed returning to direct. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” hits theatres on February 17, but critics are already reacting.
“After a frustratingly rough first act, #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania finally gets going,” critic Courtney Howard tweeted. “While the external stakes are clear and weighty, emotional drive was lacking” (and levity even lighter). “Having said that, Jonathan Majors is the man.”
Mike Ryan of Uproxx added, “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA… Imagine a Marvel newcomer saying, ‘one ticket please,’ and then getting two hours of variant and multiverse talk. Jonathan Majors is fantastic as Kang, and Michelle Pfeiffer is the main character for the majority of the film, which is fantastic. They found the perfect actor for Kang in Majors — and we’re going to see A LOT of Kang in the future — but I’m not sure about the whole “you think Thanos was bad?” thing. ‘Meet Kang!’ plan. He’s entertaining here, but being the bad guy on multiple projects?”
“#AntManAndTheWaspQuantumaniahas way too much going on — it’s tough to connect emotionally to any of it,” CNET reporter Sean Keane wrote. Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, is a charismatic, intense baddy who is visually stunning, but the threat he represents is too abstract.”
“My son changed his mind at the last minute and skipped seeing ANT-MAN AND THE WASP QUANTUMANIA tonight,” Scott Mendelson of The Wrap said. Unfortunately, he had the right idea.”
“Jonathan Majors is a force in #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania,” Buzzfeed writer Nora Dominick tweeted. He’s captivating, chilling, and already giving an outstanding performance. I adore the nuance he adds to Kang with a single glance. The MCU won big with this casting.”
“Marvel’s #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania is a strong start to Phase 5,” Collider’s Steven Weintraub said of Majors. I see why it’s called #Quantumania now. Jonathan Majors is fantastic as Kang, and I’m excited to see where this all goes. “There are two scenes after the credits that are very good.”
“PHASE 5 HAS BEGUN!” declared journalist Erik Davis. The new #AntMan film is a psychedelic rollercoaster full of terrifying and hilarious oddities, as well as one VERY menacing Kang. Big STAR WARS vibes collide with the MCU at its most bizarre and inventive. MODOK is hilarious, but Jonathan Majors triumphs. I had a great time on the ride! I really liked how #AntManAndTheWaspQuantumania is both a Part 1 of Phase 5 and a standalone #AntMan story that’s funny and sweet and stars a badass Michelle Pfeiffer.”