The first Ant-Man film was a gamble for Marvel, who attempted to turn a little-known hero into a full-fledged successful movie franchise. Yes, little, in every sense of the word. Director Peyton Reed brought his own dynamic style of storytelling to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and with the help of leading man Paul Rudd, the movie was able to turn Scott Lang/Ant-Man into a marquee name.
While it was generally well-received, one piece of criticism directed toward the movie was regarding its villain, Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket. And for the most part, the criticism stemmed less from the character itself, but rather his power set.
Yellowjacket was the latest in a long line of Marvel villains who had the same powers as the hero they faced. Well, it seems like Marvel was listening because the sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, features a totally different villain in the form of the Ghost -- but this isn't exactly the Ghost readers known from the comic books. In fact, thanks to the latest trailer of the sequel, we've learned that the villain's powers, while still essentially the same, have been tweaked to fit into the mythology established in the Ant-Man film.
Although the Ghost is a man in Marvel's comic book universe, the version in Ant-Man and the Wasp is a woman, and the origin of her super-powers appear to be different from the source material. In the comics, Ghost is the alter ego of of man whose name has never been revealed, a brilliant computer engineer who managed to invent a new technology known as GhostTech, which allowed data chips to become intangible. However, after a terrible accident, the tech became fused to his body. With his suit a part of him, the villainous Ghost could now phase through any object, something that made him primarily an Iron Man villain.
However, in the latest Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer, we learn that this version of Ghost is tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Ant-Man mythos. Thanks to a bit of information revealed by Scott's trusted friend Luis, it's revealed that what allows this Ghost to phase through solid objects is somehow tied to the Quantum Realm, the subatomic world that we glimpsed near the end of Ant-Man. According to Luis, this woman stole some of Hank Pym's tech, and it's what allows her to "walk through walls and stuff."
Knowing this, it appears as if this woman is just as smart as the character from the comics, and also as skilled at infiltration and robbery as Scott. With Hank Pym's tech, she somehow managed to find a way to weaponize a connection to the Quantum Realm. In fact, the trailer shows us a scene which likely seems to be Ghost becoming successful in connecting to the other reality. We see the energy of the subatomic world radiate from her hands, indicating that part of it is now hers to control.
This change actually makes a whole lot of sense. Instead of shrinking her body, the Ghost can turn herself and other objects intangible. It's a simple change for sure, but one that makes the villain effortlessly fit into the tapestry of the MCU, all while positioning her as the perfect villain for Scott, Hope and Hank.
Opening July 6, director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Waspstars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Judy Greer as Maggie, Bobby Canavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, T.I. as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster.