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Who is Ant-Man and the Wasp’s new villain, Ghost?

What’s better than shrinking? Walking through walls

Ghost, as they appear in the the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel Studios, 2018.
Marvel Studios

If you watched today’s Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer, you might have noticed just a glimpse of the film’s antagonist; a stealthy villain in a mask and a hood who bears a striking resemblance to somebody’s Destiny OC.

This is Ghost.

What’s the deal with Ghost?

Ghost is a Marvel Comics villain, created by writer David Michelinie and artist Bob Layton in 1987 for the pages of Iron Man #219. Ghost’s origin story is somewhat murky — we’ve only heard it through an unreliable narrator relating what Ghost told them, and the reliability of Ghost’s memories themselves are uncertain.

Ghost and Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man #18, Marvel Comics, 2015.
Ghost goes up against Spider-Man.
Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Humberto Ramos/Marvel Comics

What’s clear is that Ghost has infused his body with a unique microchip technology that he invented, and now has a “cyberpathic” connection to computer networks, making him a world class hacker. (I assure you that this kind of story about hacking was perfectly normal in the late ’80s.) The microchips’ biggest advantage was that they could become intangible, which prevented them from overheating — and it also gives Ghost’s stealth suit the ability to phase through walls.

Ghost uses these abilities to prey on corporations, in revenge for the corporation that used and manipulated him so that it could continue to profit off of his inventions. Or, at least, that’s what he thinks he remembers about his backstory.

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ghost has at least one major difference from the comics: She’s a woman. Hannah John-Kamen (Dark Souls 2, Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will play the character, who appears twice in the movie’s first trailer, once in full costume and once, I’d bet, as this hand that appears to have a blurry phasing effect on it:

Ghost’s hand, potentially, in the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, 2018. Marvel Studios

Beyond that, we don’t know much about the movie version of the character, or whether she’ll share her comic book counterpart’s backstory. But, given that Scott Lang’s story in Ant-Man was that he’d been thrown in jail for corporate whistleblowing, and Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne are corporate executives who appear to be on the run in Ant-Man and the Wasp, it seems an awful lot like she’ll have the same motivations.

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