Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third Ant-Man film and the first entry in Marvel’s Phase Five, has most of the things that movies typically do: pictures that look like they are moving, sounds, characters, music, “story.” It also has, at least superficially, most of the things that superhero stories do: protagonists in funny costumes, dad humor, hot people, and apocalyptic stakes. Despite containing most of the required parts, the newest Ant-Man isn’t really a superhero movie. And if the mere presence of the above combination of parts is the definition of a movie, then sure; it’s a movie. But if a movie is something more than the composite of its parts, then Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania better resembles the idea of a movie than a movie itself.
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