Is the Rotten Tomatoes Score for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Warranted?

For thirteen years and a whopping 31 installments, Marvel Studios had avoided having a single rotten movie on Rotten Tomatoes, even with the mediocre storylines of Thor: The Dark World, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain Marvel. But then Eternals became the first MCU film to garner a rotten score (47%), a score that I still disagree with to this day. Sure, Eternals wasn’t the best superhero movie ever made but it sought to tell a story that felt different and unique, and ultimately, Chloe Zhao did just that.

Now, over a year later, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the second film in this ever-growing franchise to garner a rotten score, (also 47%), a sign that must be worrying for Kevin Feige and the rest of the producers of the franchise. What is most jarring is the ultimate response from the audience who have given the film a pleasing 84% score instead. So why is there such a disconnect between casual moviegoers and critics? And is this score warranted? Well, let’s look at the film’s flaws.

Too Many Plot Holes

Marvel movies may sometimes be lackluster and they may leave you with questions but never has an MCU film left me with so many questions. The last MCU movie that made me question whether the plot was at all logical was Endgame whose time heist found me scratching my head. Even the writers and directors couldn’t seem to agree on how the time heist mission actually worked. Unfortunately, Quantumania triples the number of plot holes that, upon further inspection, reveal the movie’s weaknesses on a massive level. Here are some just to name a few.

Minor spoilers ahead!

  1. Why is Janet van Dyne so adamant about not toying with the Quantum Realm when in the post-credit scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp she aids Scott in returning to the quantum realm for the realm’s special particles?
  2. Why is M.O.D.O.K chasing Cassie for a ridiculously long amount of time when he could easily shoot a bunch of lasers and defeat her in seconds?
  3. And primarily, why is Kang just standing in a room watching his forces being pummeled instead of actually joining the fight before he can be defeated?


I walked out of the theater on Friday with a smile on my face but a question mark in my head. There were so many decisions that were made to dampen not only the seriousness of the film but choices that just felt strangely amateur.

Marvel Studios has never been a company that feels like they’re just churning stuff out with no care to detail or fully realized love but Quantumania feels rushed somehow. As if there was a story that they wanted to tell but decided halfway through that instead they wanted to make something more akin to Spy Kids. And there’s nothing wrong with making something more geared toward younger fans but there were times when this movie just felt overbearingly cheesy.

The saving grace of this film is undoubtedly Jonathan Majors’ Kang who absolutely steals the show in every way possible. You find yourself far more invested in his story compared to the veteran Avengers who seem to move through each scene as if they’re just saying lines rather than embracing the story. I found myself wishing Paul Rudd’s charm was on greater display than it was because there were several moments where I felt that even he didn’t particularly like whatever scene he was in.

If this movie didn’t have Kang it would undoubtedly be the worst MCU film I’ve seen. And I think for those reasons, I believe its 47% score from critics is warranted. They aren’t just there at the cinema to have fun. They are there to provide constructive criticism and Quantumania is a vibrant CGI rollercoaster ride of rushed ideas and cheesy moments.

That being said, Quantumania is the type of movie that personifies escapism. The plot isn’t too heavy, it’s not tear-jerking, and it’s just plain fun, hence the audience’s 84% score.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

4 thoughts on “Is the Rotten Tomatoes Score for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Warranted?”

  1. I haven’t seen it yet. I’m recognizing a bit of the procrastination that had me missing Wakanda Forever in theaters (although I haven’t yet watched it on Disney+, either :/ ) but I kind of want to see if they do much with Kang. I’ve heard enough mixed messages on whether it’s much good that I might well not make it to the thing in theaters… but at the same time, I’m having a bit more free time than usual in my evenings lately, so maybe I should make use of it and see it.

    That said… I’ve found myself having a bit of Marvel burnout lately. The series have started to kind of blur together for me, and not every last new hero is interesting enough to really do it. I haven’t seen _any_ of the other Ant Man movies; if I saw this one, it’d be because John Majors was so good as He Who Remains in Loki that I’d want to see him do Kang as well. The actual title character just isn’t a draw for me.

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    1. Yeah. Everybody, even the producers, writers, etc. have praised Majors’ Kang as the highlight of the movie which makes the fact that it is supposed to be an Ant-Man and the Wasp film problematic.

      If you do happen to see it in theaters be prepared for some cheesy but it is quite a fun bit of escapism. And Kang is awesome, or as awesome as he possibly could be in this film. Majors was giving a 5-star performance for a 3-star villainous role and that’s a shame.

      However…the fact that you haven’t seen Wakanda Forever yet is baffling. It’s a top 5 MCU film! As Padme would say, you’re breaking my heart. I’m kidding. I get why you haven’t seen it yet.

      That’s why Kevin Feige said they’re going to slow down the rollout on the shows. In fact, I’m hearing only Secret Invasion and Loki are coming out this year and that’s a good thing. It allows these stories to be better written, have better VFX, and it’ll ensure people will actually want to watch these stories other than being overwhelmed by the quantity of content.


      1. Ok, now I’ve seen Quantumania. I wrote up my own blog post.

        Um… yeah. That was certainly a thing that happened on a movie screen.

        In all seriousness, there is a very real chance this movie is going to be seen in ten years or so as either THE milepost, or one of a few examples where it was no longer possible to deny that the MCU has peaked and is now on the down slope.

        (Side note… anyone else having trouble getting likes to cooperate on this site lately?)

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      2. Yeah, this needs to be their Thor: The Dark World awakening where the next bunch of films are far better and we can look back at this movie as a what-were-they-thinking situation rather than this becoming a norm.

        Marvel Studios is smart though. They’re going to pivet and I feel we’re in for a nice run of quality content moving forward with GOTG Vol. 3, Secret Invasion, Loki, and The Marvels. And then next year is going to be even better! Ironheart, Captain America: New World Order, Thunderbolts, Deadpool III, Blade, Daredevil: Born Again, I mean we’re in for one heck of a ride if each story lives up to the hype.


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