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Writer Jeff Loveness explains why the ending of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was changed in a recent interview. I have to say I can certainly see his point. Yet, ultimately fans as a whole seem to have some issues with how the movie did end. I won’t get fully into spoilers here unless unavoidable. However Loveness is discussing why an alternate ending rumored online was changed. Ergo, good luck avoiding SPOILERS Below.
As said there were reports online that the theatrical ending was very different from the one reported in test screenings. This is not uncommon, after all, that’s part of what test screenings are for. However some fans who were disappointed with how Quantumania did end felt like the previous ending would have worked better. Speaking with ComicBook Loveness basically confirms those reports. Then goes on to explains the reason the change felt necessary to him. Warning that Loveness goes into the actual ending even more in the source article linked above.
Why Ending Of Quantumania Changed?
“Yeah, I mean, certainly in these Marvel rooms and all that, you certainly game out all these stories and you pitch them out, you write them out, and you’re trying to land the best puzzle piece because there’s so many characters in the ensemble. Certainly, you see what people are saying online. But on paper, and then just in your heart, as much as you can see that point about stranding Scott and Hope down there or whatever, at the end of the day, it is just repeating the same beat from the second movie.”
“That just was a hurdle that you couldn’t eventually get over. And then also, it kind of affects Avengers in the same way of, well, then you’re just doing the same exact beat from Endgame as well, getting out of the Quantum Realm and I don’t think that would be a satisfying finale that people maybe think it would be.”
I can totally see why this would feel too similar to the link between Ant-Man and Endgame. But did it work the way it was released? That’s up to fans to decide.
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Loveness also seems to indicate that the rumored death of Hank Pym was there at some point in the process.
“But certainly, you go through all these permutations and then at the end of the day though, I think … I don’t want to kill Michael Douglas! At a certain point, it feels expected to kill someone in the third movie and I actually felt the joy of this movie was having a bit of a joyful adventure. Fellowship of the Ring, only one guy died. He kind of deserved it. But you’re not killing off Pippin. Killing off Pippin in Return of the King would’ve just bummed everybody out, man. If Gimli gets his head ripped off by a troll, that’s not going to be great.”
However Loveness also teased that the death rate in his next writing project, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty might be higher.
“But certainly, it’s up in the air but I think for these bloodthirsty fans, there’s a little movie called, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, I think he’ll bring the heat.”
I’m not really sure where my opinion on the ending stands yet. Perhaps it depends how The Kang Dynasty lands for me? I get that I don’t want it to start like Endgame in terms of a return from the Quantum Realm. Yet, The idea of that Kang perhaps surviving into Avengers, or a death raising the stakes are intriguing to me also.
Writer Jeff Loveness explains why the ending of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was changed. Leave any thoughts on Loveness’ comments below as always.