S.H.I.E.L.D. Is No Better Than Hydra
At this point, it isn't a secret that S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't the great organization they'd like everyone to believe. Hydra grew within the company for decades prior to them dismantling it from within in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Prior to that time, though, they were involved in some seriously disturbing practices - and Ava is the prime example. When S.H.I.E.L.D. received word of Ava's situation, they both tried to help her, creating a suit that eliminated the pain and gave her control, yet also experimented on a child and turned her into a secret agent.
There have been a few examples of Hydra imploring despicable tactics to get their results (such as the experiments that gave the Maximoff twins their powers), but S.H.I.E.L.D.'s hands aren't any cleaner. They basically turned Ghost into their own Winter Soldier. The question may still remain whether or not this was done under Fury's command though. For all we know, she could've been part of a top secret program that Alexander Pierce was overseeing, essentially making Ghost a sleeper Hydra agent. It does make one wonder who else S.H.I.E.L.D. could secretly have been experimenting on, as well as whether or not this information became public when Natasha Romanoff put all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s intel online. If so, it could be even tougher for the organization to resurface with child experimentation and mercenaries on their record.
Does Egghead Have a Future?
The other villain to come out of Ghost's story is that of her father, Elihas Starr; Ant-Man and The Wasp surprisingly revealed that Ava is the daughter of the comic villain known as Egghead. He worked with Hank during his days at S.H.I.E.L.D., but Hank got him fired and discredited in the scientific community. However, Starr still wanted to continue his research with the Quantum Realm and created Quantum Tunnel of his own. The experiment had an unfortunate ending, though, when it exploded, granting Ava her abilities but killing her parents.
What makes this especially interesting is why Marvel would make the choice to introduce Egghead in this capacity. He may just be too obscure of a villain for them to use in a larger capacity, so Marvel simply decided to use him here to provide comic readers with a bit of an Easter egg. The movie shows his body lying in rubble and Ava says he died, but this a comic book movie universe after all; maybe he isn't even really dead. If he is, Egghead could return in a more prominent form.
Douglas has expressed his interest in a young Hank Pym movie, and Egghead could easily fit into such a period piece if Marvel really wanted. He is one of Ant-Man's more recognizable villains too and could tie together the familial themes of the Ant-Man franchise should he and Ghost manage to return.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019