Ant-Man & The Wasp is scheduled to premiere in less than two weeks. Fanfare over the upcoming movie already in full swing. Needless to say, long time fans of the comic book character can barely contain their anticipation for the second movie in the franchise.
Arguably, one of the things Ant Man fanboys are excited about is the movie’s interpretation of the villian, Ghost. This comes as no surprise especially since the character in the upcoming film is far different than the Ghost from the comic books.
The production of Ant Man & the Wasp recently announced that British actress, Hannah John-Kamen, has been tapped to play the film’s main antagonist, Ghost. The Ready Player One actor was an unlikely choice especially considering Ghost is a man in the comic books. Nevertheless, the John-Kamen has gushed about getting the role. It is exciting for her mostly because Marvel, or any comic book movie for that matter, do not have women playing antagonists:
“Antagonist, yeah, there’s not been, so it’s definitely, it’s definitely positive.”
Moreover, she feels that the change was much needed. The comic books were written decades ago. A little update can take a character into the 21st century:
“I think that you know, the kind of gender swapping from male to female is, you look at graphic novels, you look at comic books, written so long ago. They’re like 50-years old or 40-years old. It’s nice to like go, do you know what? This is a modern, it’s a modern world. It’s again, freeing, to be able to take that character and go, yeah, that can be played by a male or female and that’s definitely forward thinking, and that’s been amazing to be able to do” explained John-Kamen in an interview with Comicbook.com.
Ant Man & the Wasp producer Stephen Broussard has also spoken about their decision to change up Ghost’s character. In a separate interview with Comicbook.com, he explains that even though their interpretation of Ghost can be different, long time fans wouldn’t think the film’s Ghost is too far away from the character they know and love:
“We thought that was a cool opportunity to create a character that was all about mystery and kind of, ‘What are the origins? and ‘What is the backstory? What is the goals and agendas of this person?’ It was a great vehicle for the kind of the story you wanted to tell because Ghost in the comics itself was a mystery. So she’s very different from what has come before in the comics but in ways that kind of…Suffice it to say that she is on a path and she is on a mission at odds with our heroes on this journey but of a similar goal, of a similar aim, at the worst possible time for Scott Lang.”
Ant Man & the Wasp is scheduled to be released across the United States on July 6, 2018. Amidst controversy, the film will hit the big screen in the UK almost a month after on August 3, 2018.