Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, by Marvel Studios, has had a lot of criticism.
Erik Davis of Fandango compared the film to a "psychedelic rollercoaster" of "frightened [and] hilarious oddities," and said that there are "big Star Wars emotions."
“PHASE 5 HAS BEGUN!” The new Ant-Man film is a psychedelic rollercoaster of frightening and funny oddities, plus one very dangerous Kang. Big STAR WARS vibes meet the MCU at its weirdest and most inventive. MODOK is a riot, but Jonathan Majors conquers.
In the post-credits sequences, he continued, highlighting "significant things."
'Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania' is both a Part 1 of Phase 5, but also a self-contained Ant-Man story with a kick-ass Michelle Pfeiffer, according to the author. Good stuff.'
Daniel Baptista of The Movie Podcast stated on Twitter that the film might be "overly ambitious," but that "Jonathan Majors is an absolute FORCE," and "the final battle is ASTONISHING:"
"'Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania' is a solid, yet overly ambitious, start to the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jonathan Majors is an absolute FORCE as Kang and the NEW KING of the Multiverse. The final battle is asTONISHING, but I really missed the comedic charm throughout."
The DisInsider's Dempsey Pilot admitted that he "had a great time" with the film, and highlighted how good Jeff Loveness' script was:
"Had a great time with 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' Paul Rudd has never been better & Jonathan Majors effortlessly conquers every second of screen time he gets, but the real star of the film is Jeff Loveness' script, which serves as a reminder of how wonderfully strange and mysterious the MCU remains."
Sean Keane, a senior writer for CNET, felt that the movie had "way too much going on," and that the threat Jonathan Majors' Kang "represents is too abstract":
“‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ is a film about a lot of things — it’s difficult to connect emotionally to any of it. Jonathan Majors' Kang is a charismatic, intense baddy, and visually awesome, but the threat he represents is too abstract.”
Jana Seitzer of Geek Girls Universe brought the mood back up with her opinions on the film, stating that the film was "a stunning visual feast," and "the finest of the Ant-Man films."
"'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' is a stunning visual feast. The finest 'Ant-Man' films, complete with humor, heart, and the thread that has ties to the Kang Dynasty we've been waiting for. Jonathan Majors is on fire, and Kathry Nnewton is a baller in her marvel debut. February 17 cannot come soon enough.
Joseph Deckelmeier of Illuminerdi continued the positive praise, saying the film was "such a fun way to kick off Phase 5" and that he can't wait to see "the ramifications of this film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe."
"'Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania' is such a fun way to kick-start Phase 5. Every 'Ant-Man' film has been superior to the last. This is no exception. I'm eager to see more Kang and the ramifications of this film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe."
In the MCU threequel, Andi Ortiz from The Wrap really enjoyed "the dynamic between Scott [Lang] and Cassie":
“I think my favorite part of 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' was the dynamic between Scott and Cassie. Every time she calls him 'peanut,' I just want to cry. Please make ten more one-shots of him talking about her birthdays.”
They stayed in touch, highlighting how fantastic Jonathan Majors' performance was and how apparent it was that he was "having the best time."
“Jonathan Majors as Kang is a force, and he seems to be having the best time with it, in other 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' feelings. I’m really looking forward to seeing him square up with other Avengers.”
The movie was dubbed one of the "MCU's most intriguing works" by Big Screen Leaks (BSL).
"'Ant-Man and The Wasp' is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to debut. This film is a cross between Star Wars and Ant-Man, and I dug it for the most part. Jonathan Majors DEMANDS your attention as Kang and he absolutely SHINES. BIG implications for the future too!"
Quantumania is a "strong start to Phase 5," according to Steven Weintraub, while lauding Jonathan Majors' Kang:
"'Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania' is a good start to Phase 5. I now understand why it's called 'Quantumania.' Jonathan Majors is excellent as Kang and I'm eager to see how this all goes. 2. After the credits scenes, both are excellent."