Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Director: Peyton Reed
Year Released: 2023
"Phase 5" of the MCU "plan" is ... more of the same, unfortunately: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), his girlfriend Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and her parents Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) get absorbed into the Quantum Realm because of some machine Scott's teenage daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) built that malfunctioned - in there they find a group of Freedom Fighters, led by Jentorra (Katy O'Brian) ... as well as a time-travelling warlord named Kang (Jonathan Majors). Here's yet another example of Disney dumping millions on 'state of the art' special effects and yet the creatures are less alive than the denizens of George Lucas' Mos Eisley cantina and the story is jumbled - if you told me it was 'constructed' using artificial intelligence software I would definitely believe it. What's kind of funny is how all of these things just act as advertisements for future installments instead of being stand-alone projects; I've been waiting for decades for audiences to tire of them, but with this making close to half a billion dollars, there's no incentive to stop. Plus, those lawyers fighting against proto-fascist Florida Governor Ron DeSantis aren't working for free....