Marvel fans react to the brand-new Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer by comparing it to Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. Set to officially kick of the MCU’s phase 5, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will hit theaters early next year and welcome back its titular heroes, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne. The film will also see Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas reprise their roles as Hope’s parents, Janet van Dyne and Hank Pym, while Kathryn Newton will make her MCU debut as Cassie Lang, who also goes by Stature in the Marvel comics.
The recently released trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania brought with it a number of exciting teases for what lies ahead, including a brief look at another of Jonathan Majors’s Kang variants who is set to cross paths with the MCU’s heroes. While the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania remain under lock and key for now, the film is expected to set up a number of other phase 5 projects, including 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The new trailer also showcased the Quantum Realm, which is set to play a major part in the story of this third Ant-Man installment, however, the reveal of this unique location has since spawned some particularly bizarre comparisons on social media.
Across Twitter, Marvel fans have been reacting to the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer which featured a handful of moments that many felt were somewhat reminiscent of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The 2003 installment of the beloved Spy Kids franchise took place within the events of a virtual reality video game, with many now comparing a few particular shots of Scott, Cassie, and Hope in Ant-Man 3 to some similar moments in Spy Kids 3-D. The comparisons largely stem from the coloring of the shots, as well as the superhero suits that the heroes are wearing. Check out what fans have been saying below.
The comparisons between Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Spy Kids 3-D come after the MCU’s phase 4 has been plagued by audience criticism surrounding the quality of the special effects used within their recent theatrical and streaming releases. Back in May, Marvel was met with intense pushback online following the release of the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law trailer, as viewers commented on the CGI that was used to bring the show’s titular character to life, with many feeling it was no longer up to the usual Marvel standard. The final episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law confirmed that Marvel is at least aware of these criticisms, as during a fourth-wall-breaking scene a joke was made about She-Hulk’s visual effects being « very expensive. »
This somewhat niche comparison between the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over highlights the increasing skepticism towards Marvel’s VFX. Despite these minor visual similarities, the overall response to the trailer has been largely positive, with many excited to see Rudd’s hero finally return to screens, especially given these now considerably higher stakes when compared to his previous two standalone appearances. For now, it remains to be seen whether audiences will still draw these same similarities when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is released in theaters.
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Just watched the new ‘Ant man – Quantumania’..And I’m getting serious ‘spy kids 3D’ vibes from the visuals.Which isn’t a compliment. pic.twitter.com/Jw8mBo7vHn— TheMekon_Venus (@TheMekon_Venus) October 24, 2022