Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania records another unwanted MCU record
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is setting quite a few new records for the MCU — but for all the wrong reasons.
Ant-Man 3 has been met with mixed reviews from critics so far and audience members are agreeing. The movie, which has kicked off Marvel's Phase 5, suffered the biggest week-on-week drop for any Marvel movie ever.
The multiverse movie garnered a massive $106 million opening but after poor reviewers and less-than-enthusiastic word-of-mouth, it only made $32.2 million in its second week in US cinemas. That is a huge decline of 69% between its first and second weeks in theatres.
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That's the biggest drop of any Marvel movie ever, beating out the previous record holder Black Widow, which fell 67.8% while also streaming on Disney+. Eternals fell 62% after poor reviews, too, but this is a terrible start to Phase 5 for the MCU.
However, it is still a start to Phase 5 and has finally brought Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror into full focus after he debuted in Loki. The movie's two post-credit scenes also showed off a lot more Kang, teasing his importance as the MCU goes forward.
The second of those post-credit scenes showed Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Owen Wilson's Mobius watching Kang variant Victor Timely in a different era.
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Peyton Reed recently revealed that that scene wasn't made specifically for Ant-Man 3 but was actually plucked straight out of Loki season two.
"It's a scene from season 2 of Loki, and Victor Timely is yet another variant from the comics," Reed said.
"I love Jonathan's look and his sort of period voice and his Frederick Douglass hair. That scene, there was just another glimpse of sort of, 'OK, there are all these variants and here's maybe the next one you might meet'. We liked that idea."
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has a February 17 release date.
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