Of all the franchises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Ant-Man has been the weakest. The problem has never been with Paul Rudd’s portrayal of the hero, nor with Evangeline Lilly who plays Hope Van Dyne aka “The Wasp”. The biggest issue with the first two films is they both had extremely lame villains. If a superhero movie does not have a strong adversary, the film is doomed from the first frame. That changes with the first outing in the MCU Phase 5’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” Not only does it have a fantastic bad guy, “Kang the Conqueror” (Jonathan Majors), but it kicks off this new phase of Marvel movies on a high note after fans felt Phase 4 was a real letdown.
Scott Lang’s life seems to be going well. Aside from some being called “Spider-Man” instead of “Ant-Man” while visiting his favorite coffee shop, he could not ask for anything more. He just wrote an autobiography; he is still with Hope; and, he has his daughter, Cassie (Kathryn Newton) back in his life too. Everything gets turned around quickly when he, Hope and Cassie, along with Hank (Michael Douglas) and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) get sucked into the Quantum Realm. They discover an entirely new universe exists there and it is ruled by Kang, who wants to get out of this one and into ours.