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Ant-Man and the Wasp director explains that villain gender swap

The villain Ghost was originally a man in the comics, director Peyton Reed explains why this changed

Ant-Man and the Wasp is coming to Blu-Ray on Oct. 16. It’s available right now on digital storefronts, but the Blu-Ray packs a bunch of special features, including director’s commentary about the movie.

The first exclusive clip from the Ant-Man and the Wasp bonus content features director Peyton Reed talking about the film’s enigmatic villain Ghost. In the comics, Ghost was originally a foe to Iron Man — and also a man.

Reed was originally drawn to Ghost’s look and powers, he says. Phasing through objects was a change from the first movie’s villain, Yellowjacket, who had similar skills to Ant-Man. From there, it was a matter of figuring out how to translate Ghost to this film world.

“In the comics, Ghost is a man, he’s a computer hacker and sort of an anti-corporate vigilante,” explains Reed. “We basically took the basic idea of that character and adapted Ghost to our story.”

A female Ghost made sense for the movie, which focuses a lot on relationships between fathers and daughters: Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne, Scott Lang and his daughter Cassie. Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Ghost loses her father before the events of the film and Bill Foster — Pym’s estranged former partner — has been serving as a father figure to her.

Also, Reed adds, it would be cool to have Hope face off against female villain.

In addition to the behind-the-scenes commentary and featurettes, the Blu-Ray also comes with outtakes, gag reels (including a special Stan Lee gag reel full of one-liners) and deleted scenes from the film.

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