A little apprehensive about watching the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) first film of 2023 after a rocky phase 4? Concerned about what the critics and the divided audience are saying about it on the internet?
My advice will remain the same. Do not let anybody else influence your decisions this easily because this Ant-Man threequel did not disappoint me and my group of friends who watched it this past weekend. The star studded cast of Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp), Michael Douglas (Original Ant-Man), Michelle Pfeiffer (Original Wasp) and Jonathan Majors (Kang The Conqueror) delivered a powerful performance in nearly all realms of acting!
Please note that this article contains spoilers lie ahead. If you haven’t seen the movie yet and plan on watching it soon, kindly stop reading after this.
Scott Lang who has embraced his life as a superhero now has his own biography published touting his journey about morphing into an Avenger from being an ex-convict while also being a father. However, he seems to have developed a slight disconnect with his teenage daughter, Cassie who has been an activist for a while and also secretly working with Hank, and Hope on building a machine that can establish contact with the Quantum realm. Jannette immediately pulls the plug off the machine after it’s revelation by Cassie. However, the signal was already received and they are all sucked into the mysterious world.
As Krylar and Janette catch up, he reveals to her that things have changed since she left the Quantum realm and is now ruled by Kang. As Janette and her family flee after stealing Krylar’s ship, she finally opens up and tells them how she met Kang and worked with him to repair a multiversal power core from his ship to get them out of the Quantum realm. However, she learns of his real intentions of conquering worlds across several timelines and immediately decides to throw a wrench into his plans by using her remaining Pym particles to enlarge the power core and escape him until her rescue.
At the same time, Cassie and Scott are told by the rebels’ leader that Janette’s involvement with Kang is what led to his rise in power. They are soon ambushed and captured by M.O.D.O.K’s forces, who turned out to be Darren Cross, AKA the Yellowjacket from the first Ant-Man film. I commended MCU for bringing back old characters and actors, and was also very pleased with M.O.D.O.K’s look in the armor/helmet, until they revealed what his actual face looked which can be seen in the stills below. This is my first issue with the movie, as it was completely unnecessary to have a life-like depiction of the character’s face. It might as well have been an early 90s version of the film if they ever had made one back then. They could have honestly just stuck to the look where he had the helmet on and the character verbally revealing who he really is.
Shortly after their apprehension, M.O.D.O.K transports the title character and his only child to Kang who threatens to kill Cassie if Scott does not cooperate by helping the antagonist fix the power core Janette had displaced a long time ago. Scott agrees and finds himself with several variants of his own until Hope arrives to help him out. This scene took me back to the Doctor Strange films which had similarly bizarre visuals.