Why ‘Ant-Man 3’ Should – and Must – Do Better at the Box Office Than Past ‘Ant-Man’ Films

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“Quantumania,” which begins the build towards the next “Avengers” phase, will be a test of Marvel’s post-“Endgame” popularity

Paul Rudd and Kathryn Newton in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" (Marvel Studios)

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” doesn’t need to make a billion dollars at the box office to be a hit for Disney and Marvel Studios. But considering that it begins the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s build to the next two “Avengers” movies in 2025 it needs to do better than the two “Ant-Man” films that preceded it.

Marvel Studios is still as reliable a moneymaker for Disney as it has ever been, but the consensus among fans seems to be that most of the films and Disney+ series since “Avengers: Endgame” — known together as MCU’s Phase Four — haven’t been as good as the buildup to the big showdown between the Avengers and Thanos.