As Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania approaches its second week in theaters, the reviews are not getting any better, as forecasted ahead of its theatrical release. The Ant-Man threequel had a promising beginning given that this is the first time the titular hero is opening the new Marvel Phase of the year, however, this led disappointing the MCU fans, instead.
“To be honest, those reviews took me by surprise.” Ant-Man 3 writer Jeff Loveness told in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, “I was in a pretty low spot… Those were not good reviews, and I was like, ‘What the…?’”
Despite the negative reception catching him off guard, Loveness bounces back by expressing how proud they are of the film, and how “[the reviews] are wrong”: “I’m like, ‘Goddamn! No, [the reviews] are wrong! I’m right! MODOK is great!' I’m pretty happy with it overall, and I think I learned how to take a punch this week. And now that I learned that it’s not too bad, I can just get on with making things.”
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Kang the Conqueror’s official debut as the MCU’s newest big bad may have been a streamlined journey, which would cover Loveness’ credibility on being tasked to pen the script for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, however, this doesn’t negate the fact that it’s been declared the worst MCU film at the box office.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s negative reception from the majority of the MCU fandom is exactly what Loveness should take note of in ensuring the quality of their next incoming films for Marvel Phase 5.
As of writing, though, Rotten Tomatoes recorded an 83% as an audience score, which should give hope to the threequel’s ongoing theatrical run. Perhaps there’s still a chance of recovering from the initial debut of the threequel before its run ends.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is currently showing in theaters!