Updated: Feb. 25, 2023 at 6:42 PM HST
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Now playing in theaters, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA is the 31st movie in what’s known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since I’m no fan of sequels let alone superhero movies, the best I can say for ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA is that it’s moderately entertaining with some good acting and lots of creative special effects. What disappoints me more than the film itself is how completely it dominates the movie scene, preventing some adult dramas from being shown at all. Last Friday, for example, at the Ward theater complex, there were 40 showings of Ant Man. The total number of showings of all the other movies combined was just 34. For the third time, the always likable Paul Rudd plays Ant Man, a.k.a. Scott Lang in this first film of Phase 5 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. QUANTUMANIA explores the Quantum Realm which is, as I understand it, a separate universe below our world. It’s there that Ant-Man meets Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror who I’ve read will be the Bad Guy in the next several Marvel movies. Majors’ commanding performance is the best thing about QUANTUMANIA, a manic movie if I’ve ever seen one. The main problem with this movie is that anything is possible in the Quantum realm so nothing really matters, because in the end the hero will win and the Bad Guy will be only temporarily defeated.