Saturday, May 25, 2024

There’s lots of family drama going on in Marvel’s “Quantumania.” Set soon after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), Scott Lang (ageless Paul Rudd), aka Ant-Man, is basking in the afterglow of public good will, but woke daughter Cassie (newcomer Kathryn Newton, “Booksmart”), chides him for not doing something more meaningful. He discourages her from following in his crime-fighting footsteps. Meanwhile, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), aka The Wasp and Scott’s girlfriend, quizzes mom Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) about being lost for most of Hope’s life in the Quantum Realm. For the most, Janet keeps mum about her connection to Kang (Jonathan Majors), the baddie of MCU Phase Five (yeah, it just keeps going and going), who is unable to leave the Quantum Realm without Ant-Man’s super powers. Then Ant-Man’s Alfred, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and an experiment gone wrong transports all four into that nether realm. “Ant-Man” (2015) director Peyton Reed helms again, with TV writer Jeff Loveness making his feature film debut. The Quantum Realm pays homage to sci-fi adventures such as “Fantastic Voyage” (1966, RIP icon Raquel Welch), but the two-dimensional supporting characters and bloated, derivative universe-building feel like pink filler for too long before flashbacks reveal Janet and Kang’s time together and give us some pique of interest.