Well, here we are again.
It's no secret that the once-great Marvel Cinematic Universe has really lost its way in recent years. Several of the films at the tail-end of Phase Three were disappointments and Phase Four was, to put it nicely, a disaster.
Therefore, expectations for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - which is the first film of the MCU's Phase 5 - weren't the highest but many were no doubt hoping against hope that this might represent a return to form for a franchise we all used to love.
It... wasn't. At all.
Quantumania, which has deservedly become the second MCU film to get a rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes, is another franchise low-point and another reminder of what a depressing experience going to see MCU films has become; you keep hoping to see some of that old magic again, but it never seems to happen.
Put it this way: if Phase 5's first movie is anything to go by, then MCU fans are in for a very, very rough time. Here's why...
8. It's a Kang Movie Pretending To Be An Ant-Man Movie
First up, the title of this film honestly feels like a bare-faced lie because this isn't really an Ant-Man and the Wasp movie. No, it's about Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors).
Ant-Man and the Wasp themselves feel weirdly irrelevant to the story and from the off, it seems all too clear that this movie was mainly released to serve as a big-screen debut for Kang, with Ant-Man being picked as the first Avenger to fight him because... why not?
This isn't to say anything against Kang himself, for he is the best thing in this movie by a country mile and Majors gives a stunning performance, but it does feel like he's the only part of the film that Marvel Studios really committed to. Every great villain deserves a strong story and a great hero to fight, and sadly Kang didn't get either of those things in this case.