Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will follow Scott Lang and his family on a brand-new adventure that’s sure to be his strangest yet. However, it’s also a tale that will push him to his physical and emotional limits as he’s forced to face the decidedly deadly force of Kang the Conqueror and his army. While the stakes are a major factor in the story, it hasn’t stopped fans from pulling other parallels from films that have been released in the past.
With films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s easy to find parallels and inspirations that are tied to much older films and genres. For example, Black Widow wholly embraced the camp of ’80s James Bond films with its action and over-the-top plans made by the villains. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is no different, as fans have found a clever parallel to the film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Overwhich was released in 2003. But this parallel also speaks to a larger criticism of the MCU.
How Does Ant-Man 3 Compare to Spy Kids 3?
The Spy Kids franchise was always as much an outrageous look at the world of spies and action as it was a family film, first and foremost. But Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over took things to an even higher level, with its main character, Juni, being transported into a video game world in hopes of finding his sister. While there, Juni also encountered other characters that wore colorful armor reminiscent of some of the many suits in the MCU. But even its big bad had an omniscient and terrifying quality that seems incredibly similar to Kang.
From a purely visual standing, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is eerily similar to Spy Kids 3, even from its overall color palette. For example, much of the Quantum Realm has a red-orange hue that’s similar to the digital world shown in Spy Kids 3. However, the outfits the heroes wear also share a vibrancy that hasn’t been seen in the franchise as of yet. The Wasp’s suit now has a more saturated shade of yellow on her outfit rather than the golden-yellow shine she had in the past. Even Scott’s suit has various layers of red that have helped him stand out.
What This Spy Kids Comparison Says About the MCU’s Use of Color
In the past, the MCU has been criticized for its lack of color in some of its films. While the suits themselves have had splashes of color in the past, the real issue came from the hues of the movie, which focused more on browns, blues and grays. This was especially evident in Avengers: Endgame, where much of the color seemed muted compared to other films like Guardians of the Galaxy. This choice in uniformity has since caused a divide in the fanbase, as many have wanted more visually distinct entries.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has seemed to finally break the cycle with a film that’s set in a vibrant and colorful world that’s both distinct and creative from anything that’s come before. From the suits to the environment, the film may finally break the mold and not only create a colorful world but use that color to bring more energy to the universe. This is best shown with Kang, who, while evil, has a vibrant suit with a bright blue mask that makes him stand out. In the end, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania may be the start of a new trend in the MCU where color has a larger role in storytelling.
To see how it distinguishes itself visually, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania flies into theaters on Feb. 17, 2023.