Marvel might be losing its edge as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s ratings are not looking great on Rotten Tomatoes critic scores. In fact, the movie only ranks above Eternals, which was the first declared “rotten” MCU movie, in the history of MCU’s film ratings thus far.
Marvel Phase 5’s opening might be at a risk with this one. As of writing, Rotten Tomatoes has earned 51% on the TomatoMeter, despite its high praises upon its pre-screening review. Marvel Phase 4’s Eternals, on the other hand, remained at 47%, narrowing both MCU films in pulling down Marvel’s overall ratings.
While Marvel Phase 5 has just started with its opening film, it is crucial that the Ant-Man threequel dictates what the next upcoming MCU films are going to be like for the audience, and though the MCU films are always a hit-and-miss for critics, this is definitely not a good look on Marvel.
Kang the Conqueror is officially taking over the MCU as the new Thanos, and though the directors and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige promised an “Avengers-level” threequel, it would seem that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has failed to deliver.
This could also be another case of moviegoers’ “superhero fatigue” given that Marvel is arguably the largest comic book franchise in the world, and seeing as Marvel Phase 5 is nowhere near stopping at delivering more superheroes on screen, Feige might have to rethink what comes next for the MCU.
Luckily, he did speak recently on cutting down Marvel Phases 5 and 6 content to give more time to breathe. Since Feige also admitted to already having discussed the three phases in advance (Marvel Phase 5, 6, and 7, respectively), it is safe to assume they have planned ahead of the potential future backlash their phases are going to encounter.
In the meantime, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to premiere in theaters this February 17.