Potential SPOILERS for Ant-Man & the Wasp ahead.
Speaking to Marvel Entertainment at the world premiere of Ant-Man & the Wasp, Laurence Fishburne - who plays Bill Foster, a.k.a. Goliath - may have just unwittingly revealed the film's big twist.
Recent Marvel movies have enjoyed building up to a shocking twist partway through the film, one that transforms the entire story. The most effective was undoubtedly Spider-Man: Homecoming, with a horrified Peter Parker learning that the Vulture is actually his girlfriend's father. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had another classic example, with the revelation that Ego had killed Peter Quill's mother. For Ant-Man & the Wasp, the plot twist has seemed likely to be the identity of Ghost - a character who's only been glimpsed in the marketing up till now.
Fishburne, it seems, didn't get the memo. Speaking on the red carpet at the world premiere of Ant-Man & the Wasp, he revealed the secret of Ghost's identity, and how that fits into the film's themes.
"I have this sort of surrogate daughter, this character called Ghost played by Hannah John-Kamen who is incredible, and we sorta have a father-daughter thing going on."
In Fishburne's defense, he was responding to a very specific, probing question about how the theme of family informs his character's arc. What's more, viewers were already beginning to suspect this arc; we recently published a theory that Ghost could be Bill Foster's daughter. It sounds as though the truth is a little more complex, with Fishburne describing Ghost as a "surrogate daughter."
It's still surprising to see this openly stated, though. Up until now, all the marketing had avoided revealing anything specific about Ghost. We knew her powers were somehow connected to the Quantum Realm and Hank Pym's technology, and that she could adjust her density at will and seemingly go in and out of phase with reality. But the villain's identity, and even her motivations, have been an absolute mystery. There's been no villainous monologue, not even a menacing line of dialogue. All we've had are brief glimpses and hints of thrilling action sequences. Even when we visited the set of Ant-Man & the Wasp last year, Marvel insiders were reluctant to say anything about Ghost.
It may even be that Ghost isn't the main villain of Ant-Man & the Wasp, but rather that Bill Foster is instead. After all, Fishburne was asked about the fact that he is trying to protect his family - although it's not clear quite what it is he's protecting his family from. We recently learned that Bill Foster may actually suit up as Goliath by the end of the film, but it's likely that won't involve his being a hero.
Source: Marvel Entertainment
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