Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is enjoying life back in San Francisco after defeating Thanos in his role as a superhero. Scott has just published a book and likes the celebrity of being known as an ‘Avenger’, even if people confuse him with Spider-Man. Meanwhile, unknown to Scott his 18-year-old daughter, Cassie (Kathryn Newton), has been working with her grandpa, Hank (Michael Douglas) to create a machine that connects the real world to the Quantum Realm. Unfortunately, things go badly when the machine sucks Cassie, Hank, Scott, his partner Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and her mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) into the Quantum Realm. This is where Janet had been stuck for 30 years and from where she was rescued by Scott and Hope.
The Quantum Realm is a place outside of time and space, filled with all sorts of alien creatures, humans and other forms of life. When Janet was stuck there a lot happened that she hadn’t told anyone about, including that she had helped a man she found dying, who turned out to be the most fearsome, time-travelling enemy of all, Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) who had been exiled from his home. Kang is filled with the desire to take revenge by wiping out entire planets and timelines that get in his way. He had become emperor of the Quantum Realm and since saving him, Janet has spent the rest of her time trying to destroy him, and his armies. She succeeded in neutralising a component of his travel machine that would allow Kang to escape the Quantum Realm and take his revenge. And she now seeks out a former friend, Lord Krylar (Bill Murray), to help them find Kang. But Krylar has now joined forces with Kang and it will take all of their combined superhero powers, together with the help of those dispossessed by Kang, to seek out and destroy the most evil of emperors.
Heroes and villains; superheroes; science fiction; adventure; fantasy
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has a lot of mostly stylised action-violence in this movie, including:
- Many battles scenes with weapons, such as guns, machine guns, canons, swords, knives, axes and spears.
- One-on-one fighting that’s quite intense, particularly between Ant-Man and Kang.
Other violence in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania includes:
- Janet is attacked by large spiders. She shoots at them with a gun.
- Janet stabs an alien with a knife and the alien repairs itself.
- Kang has Scott and Cassie imprisoned. He crushes Scott with electrical impulses and throws him against a wall. He does the same to Cassie to persuade Scott to get him the part he needs for his time machine.
- Kang orders M.O.D.O.K. to kill Cassie.
- Ant-Man grows enormous and stomps on buildings. He knocks planes and objects out of his way.
- Aircraft crash into other objects.
- Cassie grows really big and attacks M.O.D.O.K. She punches him and throws him around.
- The final scene is an all-out battle between Kang, his army, Ant-Man, Wasp and Cassie. Hank brings in a horde of giant ants which attack Kang. Ant-Man is shown with a bloodied and scarred face.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has some sexual references. For example:
- Krylar says how wild his time was with Janet. In reply, Janet says that she was in the Quantum Realm for 30 years and she had needs. Hank says that he had needs also and dated another woman but, ‘she wasn’t you baby’.
- Hope and Scott embrace and kiss.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has some substance use. For example:
- There is drinking at various places.
- Hank says he wants something he can get drunk on.
Nudity and sexual activity
There’s no nudity and sexual activity in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has some product placement. For example Baskin-Robbins is used in this movie.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has some coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universal Franchise. It’s fast moving, full of strange worlds and creatures, and a lot of stylised violence. The movie conjures up images from Star Wars as it’s superheroes Ant-Man and Wasp save the planet(s) from an evil Kang the Conqueror. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is aimed at older kids and teens. It’s not suitable for children under 11 years and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 11-13 years.
The main messages from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are to ‘look out for the little guy’, and to work together for the common good.
Values in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania that you could reinforce with your children include teamwork, selflessness, courage, bravery and redemption.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania could also give you the chance to talk with your children about whether there are alternatives to violence in order to overcome evil.