Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins with a visually stunning film overshadowed by a messy screenplay. Peyton Reed's direction and the effects used to create the Quantum Realm are wildly imaginative, borrowing a lot of locations from Star Wars, such as the underground cities from the planet Coruscant and the Mos Eisley cantina. Again, Paul Rudd performs as outstanding as Scott Lang, AKA Ant-Man. Kathryn Newton provides a good performance as Scott Lang's daughter Cassie. Rudd and Newton's chemistry is excellent, and you buy into their relationship as a father/daughter duo. Michelle Pfeiffer delivers an outstanding performance as Janet van Dyne. Returning from the previous "Ant-Man" film, Janet van Dyne spent so much time trapped in the Quantum Realm, and when our main characters have to go there, she is terrified to return due to the secrets she is hiding, and Pfeiffer portrays this role perfectly. Jonathan Majors delivers a fantastic performance as the main villain Kang the Conqueror. Having already been set up in the series "Loki," we finally get our first appearance as the main antagonist of the multiverse saga. Majors portrays Kang as someone who believes he is the story's hero. Still, his methods cause a lot of death and destruction, and it will be fascinating to see where Majors takes this character next. the screenplay struggles the most because there are too many storylines going on that it becomes a jumbled mess. It affects the pacing of the process, making it feel rushed and boring. While giving good performances, the supporting cast consisting of William Jackson Harper, David Dastmalchian, Katy O'Brian, and Bill Murray only get a little time to develop fully, making their characters seem forgettable. Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas reprise their roles as Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym, respectively. Even though they give great performances, the screenplay only provides them with a bit of material to work with, making them feel more like side characters than main characters. "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" may not be the movie everyone was expecting, but thanks to Peyton Reed's direction, the visual effects, and the fantastic performances by Paul Rudd, Kathryn Newton, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jonathan Majors, there are more positives then negatives and with some improvement, the future of the multiverse saga can turn out to be something extraordinary.
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