WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp, in theaters now.
The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man introduced several new comic book characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, many of Ant-Man and The Wasp's nods to the source material were already revealed through trailers, TV spots and the full cast list. So, those fans eager to uncover a plethora of Easter eggs in the film may be a little disappointed.
While most Marvel Studios releases are filled to the brim with subtle comics goodness, the "hidden" treats in Ant-Man and The Wasp are largely shrunken or enlarged everyday objects, intended by director Peyton Reed to keep the audience off-balance. We'll leave spotting Hank Pym’s resized batteries and such to you, and instead dig up the sequel's most interesting references, comic book and otherwise.
While comics fans will undoubtedly appreciate the inclusion of such characters as Ghost, Bill Foster, Jimmy Woo and Sonny Burch, it's Elihas Starr who's easily the most satisfying. Hank Pym doesn’t have a ton of memorable villains in his rogues gallery, but Starr, aka Egghead, is probably his most prominent nemesis -- other than Ultron, that is. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the villain was introduced in 1962 in Tales to Astonish #38.
In the comics Ghost is a male character whose real name has never been revealed. He's also not Egghead’s kid. Further, Starr doesn’t have a wife or daughter in the comics; his only known family is a niece named Trish Starr. In the film he lacks his signature glasses and lab coat, but his bald head and scientific genius are enough to make him recognizable.
The second trailer revealed that Bill Foster and Hank Pym worked together on Project Goliath, and that Foster grew as tall as 21 feet during their experiments. While that could simply be a nod to Foster’s superhero alter ego from the comics, Goliath, there's something that could open the door to another possibility.
The older Bill Foster is, of course, played by veteran actor Laurence Fishburne, but in a flashback the character is portrayed by his son Langston Fishburne. So, while the Hank and Janet: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. movie some fans have clamored for is a pipe dream, a Goliath spinoff set in the 1970s or '80s, starring Langston Fishburne, is certainly an intriguing notion.
In the first film, audiences fell in love with Antony and were heartbroken when he died. In the comics, the first ant Scott Lang named was Emma -- and, like in the movie, she helped him in his battle against Darren Cross, in 1979's Marvel Premiere #47 and #48.
In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Lang names two more insect companions: Ulysses S. Gr-Ant and Antonio Banderas. There's comic book precedent for naming ants after public features, with the short-lived 2015 series Ant-Man, he introduced Chuck Barris and Tony Wilson.