Ant-Man and the Wasp began production this week, and with that a new plot summary for the Ant-Man sequel as well as a little more information about the new characters of the film - including a trio of Marvel characters being adapted to the big screen for the first time.
Those three characters - Ghost, Bill Foster, and Sonny Burch - aren’t what you’d call household names, though they have played key roles at moments in Marvel history. Fortunately, Newsarama has you covered with everything you need to know about who these characters are in comic books - and what that could mean for their roles in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Ghost (to be played by Hannah John-Kamen)
In comic books, Ghost is primarily an Iron Man villain. A corporate spy and saboteur with technology that allows him to turn intangible and interface with machines, Ghost was introduced in Dave Michelinie and Bob Layton’s landmark 1980s Invincible Iron Man run. He later returned, redesigned, to play a major role in both Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca’s extended Invincible Iron Man run, as well as semi-heroicly in the post-"Dark Reign" Thunderbolts.
Ghost’s origin went unknown for decades, until his time as a Thunderbolt when he revealed (possibly falsely) that he had invented his “GhostTech” intangibility technology while working for a corporation that wound up exploiting both he and his girlfriend, culminating in her murder. The death of Ghost’s girlfriend prompted him to leave his physical form behind, incorporating GhostTech into his body and taking revenge on his former corporate bosses.
Ghost has obvious parallels to Ant-Man that the usage of the character in Ant-Man and the Wasp could be capitalizing on - both are based on wearable tech that grants the user near undetecable espionage and offensive capabilities. The exploitation of someone's technology by others drove Michael Douglas' Hank Pym in the original film, and that part of Ghost's comic book origin presents interesting parallels - as well as further connections given the current Ant-Man Scott Lang's previous career as a corporate thief.
Bill Foster (to be played by Laurence Fishburne)
In comic books, Bill Foster was a biochemist and lab assistant of Hank Pym. He became the second Giant-Man before headlining a brief solo series as Black Goliath, eventually shortening it to simply Goliath. As Goliath, Foster used Pym Particles to grow in size, originally limited to a height of 15 feet, before expanding his capabilities. He was killed in the original Civil War by Ragnarok, a renegade android clone of Thor designed by Reed Richards and Tony Stark.
It’s unclear whether actor Laurence Fishburne’s Foster will gain size-changing abilities or take on a superhero codename, but given that Scott Lang used the ability to grow in size in Captain America: Civil War, the possibility is there. More likely, Foster will be a figure from Hank Pym’s past who resurfaces in the present-day when the mission described in the new plot summary puts Pym, Scott Lang, and Hope Van Dyne on the trail of “secrets from the past.”
Sonny Burch (to be played by Walton Goggins)
Sonny Burch is the least well-known of the these three Marvel characters joining Ant-Man and the Wasp. In comic books, Burch was the chairman of Cross Technologies, the weapons firm run by Darren Cross who was adapted to the MCU as the villainous Yellowjacket in Ant-Man (as played by Corey Stoll.)
Burch only appeared in four comic books - a four-issue arc of Iron Man in 2003 by John Jackson Miller and Jorge Lucas. In that, he attempted to steal Tony Stark’s Iron Man patent and use his technology to build weapons. Burch ultimately committed suicide after a series of disastrous demonstrations of his co-opted Stark tech.
Given Burch’s ties to Darren Cross, it’s likely that connection will remain in the MCU, with Burch possibly taking over for Cross, who seemingly died in Ant-Man.