The first official trailer for the 20th installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally out. Ant-Man and the Wasp will see Scott Lang, Hank Pym, and Hope Pym return for the sequel as Ant-Man finds himself again in the middle of all sorts of superhuman crazy. Laurence Fishburne, Walter Goggins, and Michelle Pheiffer are also about to set the movie screens ablaze with their roles in the sequel.
Evangeline Lilly aka The Wasp is visibly excited about the project and shared an interesting bit of information about the direction of the movie. She compared it with the season 4 of hit TV series ‘Lost’. Here’s what he said:
“When I heard about Infinity War and the direction that they’re heading, I did have this moment of realizing, oh, wow, there’s a bit of a déjà vu for me with the Lost franchise. We are hitting that Lost Season 4 space where everything’s about to shift, and you’re about to lose the solid ground underneath you. And Ant-Man and the Wasp, of course, will play a part in that. Those characters are experts in the quantum realm}. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, they are trying everything in their power to safely enter the Quantum Realm and return back from it because they have evidence from the first film that Scott Lang was able to do that. If he can do it, why can’t we? If we do succeed in Ant-Man and the Wasp, then that does open a whole entire new multi-verse to enter into and play around in. I’m not the story creator, so I can’t tell you what they’re going to do with that. But I definitely see the potential there.”
But what has got everyone’s undying attention is the big bad of the movie – the mysterious and aptly named Ghost.
Prior to the trailer release, the fans only had the teaser to derive the story from. The teaser never revealed much with only a fair share of action sequences to keep the audience satiated until the trailer arrived. It was only after the official trailer released yesterday that fans came to know the actual plot line of the movie.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang is considered a threat and is on the run from the authorities.
Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym are also being chased by the FBI. But it looks like the government isn’t the only thing that is after them. Ghost and her army of mercenaries are also about to enter the fray.
The sinister Ghost is the big bad villain of the day for Ant-Man and the Wasp. Not only is her identity shrouded in mystery but also her gender-swapped character set in the movie has left most fans scratching their heads.
Marvel has had a history of manipulating origin stories and the general plot line to make way for storytelling but never had it tried something this bold.
In the comics, a Ghost is a man but in the movie, she is a woman. Although no one knows who she is or if she has any relation to Hank Pym, the theory about origins of her powers can be considered legitimate for the time being.
In the comic books, who and what is Ghost???
In the comics, Ghost is a gifted genius who works for a big corporate organization. The company has reaped millions in profit thanks to his research but when he expresses his desire to leave the corporate world for good, the company sends a female employee as an operative to honey-trap him.
When the female operative eventually falls in love with him, she is killed off in an explosion while Ghost saves himself by joining his consciousness with multiple nodes of microprocessors that turn his body intangible.
While doing so, his brain capacity is heightened and he instantly deduces that the love of her life was a spy sent by the organization to stop him from leaving it.
And thus the villain known as Ghost is born. Ghost, due to his past traumatic events, shares a deep hatred for the corporate world and aims to destroy each and every billion dollar conglomerate that he thinks are ‘sins on earth.’
Ghost is a genius and an expert computer hacker (arguably one of the best in the entire Marvel universe) and is a gifted tactician and fighter. A suit of his own design helps him and the things he touches turn intangible and invisible. He regularly moonlights as a mercenary to take down corporate MNCs.
In short, Ghost is a watered down version of the Batman with a deep hatred for corporate bureaucracy. His abilities make for a good villain and in a live-action adaptation, it will be interesting to see how Marvel turns the suit’s abilities into a visual fantasy in the movie.
Ghost’s New MCU origin
In the movie, Ghost will be played by Hannah John-Kamen. The trailer shows Ghost inside a chamber place in a dimly lit lab with all sorts of scientific equipment. Laurence Fishburne is deeply connected with the Origin of Ghost or maybe Marvel is trying to throw us off with a misdirected scene in the trailer (something it is actually infamous for).
Whether Fishburne is the one that gives her powers or it’s the suit that does is still up for debate. What’s important is Ghost is here and is about to turn Ant Man’s world upside down.
The Lab also features a custom-built vessel that could be how the Hank Pym’s wife Janet Van Dyne – the original Wasp, could be rescued from the Quantum Realm.
Ghost is not the only villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Walter Goggins is set to play Sonny Burch, a top executive of Cross Technologies. Cross Technologies almost went defunct after the events of Ant-Man, Burch is probably hearing to team up with Ghost and eliminate the heroes that bankrupted the organization.
If Ghost ends up being just a gun for hire in the movie, it will be a massive missed opportunity for the MCU. Ghost’s anti-corporate ideals could find an interesting place within the MCU Villain’s hall of fame. Considering his rumored imminent death in Infinity War, Ghost could be the next Loki. If Marvel again makes a good character play second fiddle to the larger storyline, it will leave a lot of comic book fans enraged.
The official synopsis released by Marvel studios for the movie is as follows:
“From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past”.
Ant-Man and The Wasp will hit theaters worldwide on July 8, 2018. Don’t miss this one at any cost.