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Ant-Man & The Wasp's Poster Unmasks New Villain, Ghost

Ant-Man and the Wasp - Ghost

With a trailer on the way tomorrow, a new poster for Ant-Man and the Wasp has been released, and it gives us our first unmasked look at Hannah John-Kamen's villain character - Ghost. We saw very little of Ghost in the previous trailer - just a brief close-up of her masked face, and a shot of her hand as she tried out her super-suit's abilities (more on them later), so this is the first time we've actually seen her face.

Even fans of the first Ant-Man movie (which, like Ant-Man and the Wasp, was directed by Peyton Reed) generally admit that its villain was not its strongest element. Played by Corey Stoll, Darren Cross/Yellowjacket was a pretty generic Marvel villain: a greedy, power-hungry bad guy with an "evil" version of the hero's suit. While the appeal of Ant-Man mainly lay in the interactions between Scott Lang and his allies - not to mention the heist movie antics -it would still be good to have a more compelling villain in the sequel.

Related: How Avengers: Infinity War Sets Up Ant-Man & The Wasp

It's pretty unusual to get a first good look at the main villain on a poster, but hopefully this is a sign that we'll get to see more of Ghost in tomorrow's full-length trailer. It's actually kind of appropriate, however, that John-Kamen's character has been shrouded in mystery; in the comics, Ghost has the rare trait of being a villain whose real name is unknown. John-Kamen recently had supporting roles in Ready Player One and Tomb Raider, and also had a minor role in Game of Thrones.

Ghost debuts in Marvel Comics

Unlike Yellowjacket, Ghost does not have the ability to shrink or grow, but she does have the ability to "phase" - allowing her to move through solid matter. Reed told EW that "she has all sorts of strange versions of that phasing power," and that "it proves quite difficult for Ant-Man and Wasp to deal with." In the comics, Ghost's phasing ability also allowed him to become invisible, and it's very likely that we'll see that power in the movie as well - along with a few other tricks.

As the "him" may have given away, Ghost was a male character in the comics, but Reed explained that because of his enigmatic nature, "the Ghost character could be male, female, anything, so it just seemed more interesting to us [to cast a woman]." In addition to the phasing abilities, Ghost is also an expert in technology and hacking, and designed his/her own suit. It's possible that Ghost is working with or for Walton Goggins' character, Sonny Burch, who is the chairman of Cross Technologies. Then again, she may also have her own agenda.

Key Release Dates
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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