Ant-Man 3 Is One Of The Worst MCU Films Of All Time

Ant-Man 3 is currently sitting at a 54% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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Ant-Man 3 is struggling to win over critics, as the film currently holds a 54% rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. Although the acting has been praised, the emphasis on setting up future installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is where the film falters. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania lacks the spark of fun that elevated earlier adventures,” the site’s overall consensus reads.

However, Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror is described as a thrilling Ant-Man 3 villain, poised to alter the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Released in 2015, the flagship movie served as an unintentional metaphor for the film’s tiny place in the superhero franchise. The 2018 sequel, Ant-Man, and the Wasp was a lot less small with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang slowly making his way to full Avenger status.

But that still didn’t give the character much more significance. Ant-Man 3 sees Scott Lang’s story go full Marvel. Set almost entirely in the Quantum Realm, the plot becomes a special effects playground. Sadly, there’s no real reason for the audience to invest as the plot lacks emotional depth. Humor is also in short supply, which makes sense for a film featuring one of Marvel’s most menacing villains.

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However, while the visuals work for setting up Kang as a massive threat going forward, Ant-Man 3 ultimately feels hollow. Despite its flaws, reviews looked promising at first with the film previously holding a “Fresh” rating of 79%. But the score began to drop as more critics trashed it. Still, it’s worth noting that these scores are based on opinions.

So, it’s best to check out the movie for yourself.

The only other Marvel movie to earn a “Rotten” critics score on the review aggregator site is Eternals. Released in 2021, the film currently holds an approval rating of 47% based on 406 reviews. Following its release date, however, the movie managed to impress fans and currently holds an audience score of 77%. So it’s possible that Ant-Man 3 will experience the same fate.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be released globally on Friday, February 17th. Directed by Peyton Reed from a script by Jeff Loveness, the story follows Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne as they explore the Quantum Realm. Along with her parents and Lang’s daughter Cassie, the group is pushed to its limit when the teenager accidentally summons Kang the Conqueror.

Speaking to Access Hollywood in 2022, director Peyton Reed said Ant-Man 3 will change the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever. Led by Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, the movie also stars Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, Jonathan Majors, Randall Park, David Dastmalchian, and Bill Murray. 

Ant-Man 3 is the 31st entry in the popular superhero franchise and the first film of Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That story will end with 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars in 2026. It will be interesting to see if the upcoming slate of films will fit together as seamlessly as Phases one through three.