Marvel Phase 5 - The Search For A Different Kang

Welcome to Marvel Phase 5 everybody:

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
  • Secret Invasion
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • The Marvels
  • Loki Season 2
  • Captain America: New World Order
  • What If…? Season 2
  • Ironheart
  • Echo
  • Blade
  • Agatha: Coven of Chaos
  • Daredevil: Born Again

Just got out of Ant-Man. Solid 7/10. Jonathan Majors is going to be a lot of fun to watch.


Looks neat, although I’m disappointed in having no Shang-Chi sequel. Despite it having the typical Marvel third act, the first was a fun superhero flick that didn’t try to be everything, and Simu Liu and Awkwafina were a fun comedy duo. Maybe it’s in the cards for phase 6?

My understanding is that they’d like to do another one before Secret Wars, although I also read that they want to fast-track another Dr. Strange in there too so who’s to say what survives. I’m still upset that the third act wasn’t just a magic-free knock-down drag-out punch-up between Shang-Chi and Wenwu.

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There’s confirmation of a sequel already, but it’s actually not going to be part of this saga at all. It’s going to be phase 7, along with the Armor Wars movie. Lol. yeah.

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Watched Ant-Man: Quantumania with a friend. Paul Rudd is still the only person in the MCU who is funny enough to carry the jokes this universe thrives on, so the Ant-Man films are always entertaining. I liked Jonathan Majors in this much more than I liked him in Loki, gave me hope for him as a recurring villain for this phase. Not much to say about the rest of the stuff, I think ‘the quantum universe is just a planet you might see in GOTG’ is a little dull, but the Star Wars meets slugs aesthetic was still done well. Most of the side characters weren’t very interesting, but I did love the communist ants. And the infinite recursion of Scotts was a cooler concept for an action scene than basically anything in Phase 4.

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Yeah, I think the secret sauce to the Ant-Man movies is that Paul Rudd is just playing Paul Rudd But Superhero and that works fine. My meta-concern with Quantumania is that this seems to be where the bar for the MCU has settled: a solid 7/10 that you can probably wait to see on Disney+. They don’t seem to have any gas in the tank for something like a Black Panther anymore. But Jonathan Majors seems like he’s having a great time in his James Spader period