LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 17: An Ant-Man costume on display at the Nerdist fan event for Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania" at El Capitan Theatre on February 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Proves The MCU Has Lost Touch With The Real World
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This story contains spoilers for "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania."
One of the most appealing aspects of 1960s Marvel Comics was that its stories and characters belonged in a more or less “real” world, using places like New York as a setting rather than fictitious cities. The MCU replicated this sense of realism in its movies when it began; however, this aspect seems to have been left behind as its world is no longer recognizable.
Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is the MCU’s latest film and takes place mainly in a microscopic fantasy world called the Quantum Realm that’s filled with bizarre creatures. While the new setting is fun, these fantastic worlds seem to be the MCU’s only focus, and the series’ days of exploring the streets of San Francisco are gone.
Even after aliens invaded New York in 2012’s “The Avengers,” Earth seemed more or less the same, but the world of the MCU has changed too dramatically, as it entered into its new phases. The films have become increasingly entangled with the sci-fi and fantasy elements of comic books that the heroes no longer feel as if they’re connected with the real world or its people.