While the focus of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on its larger-than-life heroes, it has featured some amazing villains as well. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki went from being a B-list comic book villain to one of the most popular ever following his MCU run. And of course, who can forget Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who starred in two movies but whose presence brooded over these films for nearly a decade?
One of the unique aspects of the MCU is that within the larger universe, there are smaller sandboxes for its performers to play-in. Many of the characters have their own standalone franchise.
One of those franchises revolves around the character Ant-Man, and it too had a compelling villain in the second film in that series. Here’s why Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost should return for future MCU projects.
Who is Hannah John-Kamen?
So who is the performer behind the character? According to IMDB, John-Kamen is an English actor born in 1989. The MCU is far from the only big-budget production she’s been a part of. John-Kamen also starred in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. She also received critical acclaim as part of the Syfy series Killjoys.
John-Kamen first popped up on many MCU fans’ radars when she appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp. But what made her character (and, in turn, her performance) so compelling?
How Ghost figures into the MCU
In the MCU, Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) is portrayed by Paul Rudd. His partner, the Wasp (aka Hope Van Dyne), is played by Evangeline Lilly. After introducing the character in Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp follows the hero as he attempts to help his mentor, Hank Pym, rescue his wife Janet Van Dyne from the Quantum Realm.
According to the MCU wiki, Ghost is the film’s primary antagonist. Known by the name Ava Starr, she can move through solid objects due to overexposure to the Quantum Realm. After an experiment in her youth goes awry, Ghost gains her powers and logs time as a hired hand for SHIELD, performing assassinations.
Sadly, the same forces that give her powers are also killing her. Ghost and her father figure/mentor Bill Foster hope to use Janet van Dyne’s quantum energy to find a cure.
Eventually, Janet returns and helps provide a (temporary) cure to Ghost, who escapes with Foster and avoids capture. Hank resolves to continue searching for a permanent cure and all parties end the film on good terms. While Ghost isn’t quite a hero at the end of the film, she’s no longer the villain she seemed to be.
Why Ghost should return to future MCU projects
The Ant-Man films are generally smaller than some of the MCU’s crossover films like the Avengers, or some of the more ambitious standalone films like Captain America: Civil War. But the powers Ghost put on display would play well in another franchise.
Fans seem to agree, as one fan on Reddit pointed out that she should show up in another film:
“She’s got an awesome power set. It’d be cool to see her join Thunderbolts or something.”
Who are the Thunderbolts, you may ask? According to ComicBook.com, the Thunderbolts are “a team of Marvel’s “B” and C-list villains that reinvent themselves as a new team of superheroes.” They’ve long rumored to be a part of the MCU’s upcoming plans.
At the conclusion of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ghost is clearly no longer a villain. She could easily fit on a team of bad guys turned good. It’s unclear if Marvel plans to bring Ghost back in the fold, but making her a part of that universe’s version of the Suicide Squad sure seems like a great fit.
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