Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania review: “A fun sci-fi getaway”

Until now, Marvel’s littlest Avenger has been a reliable resource of smaller-scale larks amid the MCU’s gustier arcs. While Ant-Man (2015) offered a frisky palate-cleanser between the city-wrecking rucks of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) soothed with juice-box quips after Avengers: Infinity War’s flaky finale. Which begs the question: can the mini-marvel shoulder the load of larger MCU responsibilities? 

The answer is a guarded ‘yes’ on the strength of Quantumania, give or take a few wobbles on the MCU dividing line between standalone fun and expanded universe-building. If Ant-Man’s growth curve gets choppy as he’s mobilised to launch Phase 5 and steer the MCU into newly expansive realms, his footsteps still land louder than ever: which they need to, given the fresh threat he’s required to face. 

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