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Ava Starr is the daughter of Elihas and Catherine Starr , who gained the ability to render herself intangible and generate extreme amounts of power following a quantum accident which killed her parents. At a young age, S.H.I.E.L.D. began taking advantage of her powers, enlisting her as a stealth operative under the moniker of Ghost prior to HYDRA 's uprising . Under Bill Foster 's care, Starr realized that she was slowly dying due to a lack of quantum energy, which she involuntarily harnessed.

Within weeks of succumbing to her disease without a cure, Starr learned that a Quantum Tunnel had been created by Hank Pym and embedded into a portable lab. Her plans to absorb energy from the Quantum Realm conflicted with Pym's plans to rescue Janet van Dyne , whose survival in the Quantum Realm relied directly on the energy Starr sought to extract. Starr began making attempts to steal the lab by force, putting her in conflict with Ant-Man and Wasp . Upon her return, Janet transferred some of her quantum energy into Starr, temporarily stabilizing her affliction. With her pain lessened, she went into hiding with Foster.

  • 1.1.1 Losing her Family
  • 1.1.2 Joining S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • 1.2.1 Clashing with the Pyms
  • 1.2.2 Taking Hostages
  • 1.2.3 Losing Time
  • 1.2.4 Taking Back the Lab
  • 1.2.5 Chase for the Laboratory
  • 1.2.6 Getting the Cure
  • 1.2.7 Moving Away
  • 1.2.8 DNA Acquired
  • 2 Personality
  • 3.2 Abilities
  • 4 Equipment
  • 5 Facilities
  • 6.3 Enemies
  • 8 Behind the Scenes
  • 9 References
  • 10 External Links

Biography [ ]

Early life [ ], losing her family [ ].

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Starr is found with her deceased parents

As a child, Ava Starr grew up in Argentina as the daughter of Catherine and Elihas Starr . Starr witnessed the fallout of her father's partnership with Hank Pym , who kicked him out of S.H.I.E.L.D. and smeared his name within the scientific community. Embittered, Elihas continued to research quantum energy on his own, despite the risks. When an experiment involving the Quantum Tunnel went wrong, Starr tried to run to her father to ensure he didn't die alone, but the tunnel ruptured before she reached him, killing her parents and inundating her with quantum energy.


Starr is adopted by Bill Foster

When the Fire Department arrived, they were unable to touch Starr as she had become intangible from the accident. Starr was placed in an orphanage and later met her father's ex-colleague Bill Foster , who gave her a teddy bear. Although she was upset for her inability to hold the toy, Foster encouraged Starr to focus her powers, eventually allowing her to solidify and pick it up. Foster promised to find a way to cure her condition and began to act as a surrogate father to Starr, developing the quantum chamber to allow her to briefly stabilize and ease her pain. [1]

Joining S.H.I.E.L.D. [ ]


Starr is fit with the newest Ghost Suit

Observing the potential asset her powers could become, S.H.I.E.L.D. took Starr and began to train her in espionage so that she could go on missions to take down threats that proved too difficult for conventional operatives. They developed the Ghost Suit for her to harness her abilities, granting her the option to slip between intangible and solid states, and promised to help find a way to cure her.


Ghost appearing during one of her missions

Over the course of her time in the field, as well as the prolonged suffering caused by her quantum displacement, Starr became hardened and extremely vicious, eventually realizing that S.H.I.E.L.D. had no intention of finding a cure. When S.H.I.E.L.D. collapsed , Starr was taken back in by Bill Foster , who began to assist her in researching a cure as her condition started to deteriorate. [1]

Finding a Cure [ ]

Clashing with the pyms [ ].


Ghost follows the Wasp at the restaurant

Starr observed Hank Pym who shrunk the Mobile Laboratory and left with Hope van Dyne and Scott Lang . Starr suddenly materialized a short distance away, tracking their van to Sonny Burch 's restaurant, Oui . After Burch attempted to double-cross van Dyne, Starr waited until van Dyne, in her Wasp Suit , had defeated Burch's mercenaries and taken the final component.

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Ghost closely confronts and fights the Wasp

Ghost appeared in front of Wasp and engaged with her in a duel for the ownership of the Mobile Laboratory, loosening her grasp of it until she was punched in the face once Wasp turned small. After phasing out from Wasp's attack, Ghost disappeared from the conflict and waited for the opportunity to distract her and grabbed her body to slam it on a table. As Wasp grabbed the lab and tried to attack Ghost with a service table, she phased through it without a flinch.


Ghost gains the upper hand against Wasp

Ghost then attacked Wasp by punching her in the face, knocking the Mobile Laboratory out of her hold. Despite gaining an upper hand on van Dyne, Ghost's plans were thwarted when Lang, in the Ant-Man Suit , arrived, being stopped at the moment when she pinned Wasp against the wall. Ghost was kicked to the ground by Ant-Man, causing her to disappear again. Once the two managed to defeat her, Ghost came up with a plan to confront Pym somewhere he was contacting them.


Ghost threatens Pym to give up the lab

Going outside of the restaurant while Ant-Man and Wasp tried to communicate with Pym, Ghost managed to find Pym inside his van and phased through his throat with her arm. Threatening Pym with his life, Ghost coerced him to give up the Mobile Laboratory, resulting in it being handed to her. She then fled the van before Ant-Man and Wasp could intervene.


Ghost arrives at her hideout with the lab

Arriving at her hideout , Starr walked inside the guestroom with the Mobile Laboratory and the component and placed them on a desk. Taking off her suit so that she could breathe, Starr placed her suit down and slowly walked over to her Quantum Energy Chamber to temporarily stabilize herself. Once Starr was inside the Chamber, she rested on her bed and tried to relax while her molecules were put into place. [1]

Taking Hostages [ ]


Starr rests inside the Quantum Chamber

While Starr was recovering inside the Quantum Energy Chamber , Hank Pym had successfully tracked down the Mobile Laboratory using re-engineered tech from an earlier Ant-Man Suit and sent Wasp and Ant-Man there to retrieve it. While they were able to enter the building and locate the lab, Starr woke up from her rest and quietly snuck up on them.


Starr introduces herself to Scott Lang

Starr went behind the Wasp's back and knocked her out with a punch in the head and kicked Ant-Man's face, causing them to lose consciousness. Starr then began to put them in restrains while they were sitting in a chair for interrogation. When Lang regained consciousness, he tried to wake up van Dyne and Pym, who were beside him. Starr quickly appeared in front of Lang, telling him that they can't hear him.


Starr intently reaches for Scott Lang 's face

Starr introduced herself to Lang, and was asked if she uses the Suit to go through things, responding to him that it only helps her control her powers and the pain she felt while doing so. As Lang expressed his fear of her by questioning if she'll rip his heart out from his chest, Starr laughed at his fear and told him that she'll never hurt him unless she has to, noting she wants something that is in his head instead.


Starr threatens Pym for his past actions

After touching Lang's face and triggering her powers again, Starr decided to wake up the rest of the captives, kicking them to wake them. When Wasp threatened Starr to never touch her father, she expressed that she was a little too gentle with him. Once Bill Foster clarified who Starr was, van Dyne wanted to know what was going on, leading Starr to tell Pym that her father, Elihas worked with Pym until their disagreement had gotten him fired.


Ghost explains the truth of her own past

Starr further mentioned that her father was discredited for good measure once he was fired from his research on quantum energy. Starr continued that her father was doing his research while taking risk until something went wrong. Starr told them that his research had killed him and her mother, Catherine but survived from the explosion that resulted in her powers emerging. Starr noted that she was adopted by Foster and was taken in by S.H.I.E.L.D. as an assassin.


Starr declares she wants to cure herself

Foster told them that once S.H.I.E.L.D. had collapsed, he took Starr to his home and noticed that her condition had progressed even further. As Foster explained that Starr needed a cure, he was told that she noticed Pym was building a Quantum Tunnel and knew about the psionic link that Lang shared with Janet van Dyne in order to track her down in the quantum realm and extract her quantum energy to permanently fix her displacement.


Starr tells Hank Pym to do what she says

After Foster gave Lang his call for his daughter , Foster continued on by telling them that he'll be extracting Janet's quantum energy that she was absorbing for thirty years and give it to Starr for her survival. Pym refused to cooperate with Foster because of the potential that Janet would die during the extraction. Starr bitterly retorted by telling him that he'll do as she says, walking over with Foster as he took the component.


Starr sees her captives escape the Hideout

As they were about to leave, Pym feigned a heart attack to trick Foster into opening the Altoids tin, leading him to grab the tin and give it to Pym. Getting suspicious over Pym, Starr notice that it was a trap and told Foster to not open it. The tin released a group of enlarged Ants , allowing van Dyne and Lang to escape with the lab. Starr was then attacked by van Dyne with her Stingers , watching the rest of the captives flee the room as she ached in pain. [1]

Losing Time [ ]


Starr asks Bill Foster the time she has

With Hank Pym , Wasp , and Ant-Man taking back the Mobile Laboratory and the component, Starr witnessed Bill Foster checking the Quantum Energy Chamber and told her that it can barely help her temporarily restore her molecules. On that note, Starr asked how long does she have, in which Foster theorized that it could be a couple of weeks.


Starr agrees to find another option

Starr demanded that they need to get that lab, using Lang's daughter another victim to kidnap in order to give up the lab for themselves. Foster told Starr to not resort to that, noting that he would not participate in that kind of behavior. Starr responded to him that he is not the one who is being tore apart from her condition and told him that he kept his promised to fix her. Foster told Starr he will help her but go on a path of using violence to get it.


Ghost sneaks into the X-Con Security Office

Knowing that Foster won't be fixing her if she lays a hand on Lang's daughter, Starr declares that she will find another option. Finding another to track down the lab, Starr spied on Sonny Burch and his men, who were going to X-Con Security Consultants . Starr then snuck on the group where Luis had told Burch where Lang was at trick spot in emotional level. Burch interrogated Luis on where was Lang literally speaking, being told that he was at the woods.


Ghost interrogates Luis about Ant-Man

Starr made herself appeared in front of Luis, now knowing that Lang is in the woods with the lab. Starr leaned in closely to ask Luis where in the woods, to which he answered that it was specifically Muir Woods . Now with the knowledge of the Mobile Laboratory, Starr then left the room and quickly phase out of thin air. Starr went outside of the office and purposely damaged Burch's car to slow him down and quickly headed for the lab. [1]

Taking Back the Lab [ ]


Ghost aggressively attacks Agent Stoltz

After Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne were arrested by the FBI in Muir Woods , Ghost followed Agent Stoltz as he took the Mobile Laboratory inside a van. Ghost watched Stoltz walking to his trunk of his car to put the lab inside, only for her to puncture his heart. Ghost took the lab after she attacked Stoltz, leading the FBI to be suspicious.


Starr demands to continue the process

Starr arrived inside the Laboratory and had Bill Foster operate the Quantum Energy Chamber by using the Tunnel to extract the energy from it. After they had begun the extraction process, Starr was told by Foster that it could be dangerous. Starr responded to Foster that she had days to live and that they would be performing the process regardless. Just as Foster began to turn on the Tunnel, a group of Ants had stopped their machine, causing them to realizing Hank Pym 's interference.

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Ghost sneaks up on Ant-Man for an attack

Once Starr looked below the army of Ants on the control panel, she told Foster that they couldn't be that far ahead from the lab. Picking up her helmet and walking out of the lab, Ghost found a streak of Ants from an abandoned building. Ghost snuck up behind Ant-Man , who had previously freed Pym and Wasp from the San Francisco FBI Office , smashing his face on a glass window and kicking him across the wall to the other side of the room.

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Ghost chases Ant-Man inside of a building

As Ant-Man got up to grow smaller, Ghost walked toward to his direction and told him to call off the Ants that were invading their plans. Once Ant-Man realized his suit wasn't working properly, Ghost began to chase down him at a walking pace, passing through walls as he tried to escape her surroundings. While Ant-Man had temporarily lost Ghost and tried to contact his team to hurry up on the plan, she found him hiding near a wall and began to chase him down again. Ghost finally tracked down Ant-Man, passing through a table.


Ghost is tricked by Ant-Man and his crew

Ghost snuck up in front of Ant-Man while he was reporting his team, aggressively kicking toward a wall. Ghost was about to attack Ant-Man but had noticed the lab had shrunk down into a small size again. Looking at Luis giving the Mobile Laboratory to the Wasp, Ghost was quickly outraged at her supposed trap. Ant-Man told Ghost that misdirection was the first rule of close-up magic , turning small again in order to leave the area. [1]

Chase for the Laboratory [ ]

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Ghost chases down Ant-Man and the Wasp

A three-sided car chase then took place between Wasp and Sonny Burch 's men across the streets of San Francisco . Ghost managed to chase down the cars that were following down the streets and used her phasing powers to move across a random woman's car, kicking Burch's men in that face so that she could hijack his motorcycle.


Ghost chases Ant-Man and Wasp

During her drive-by with her motorcycle, Starr had managed to track down Ant-Man and Wasp's van and began to drop her motorcycle to sneak up front of the van. Ghost went through the car window and kicked Wasp away from the back of the van, letting her out of the van before she shrunk down. Ghost tied Luis and Ant-Man with their seat belts and got the Mobile Laboratory from them, escaping the van to hijack a nearby truck with a wooden plank. Ghost drove the truck with the lab in hand and tried to get over to her rendezvous point.


Ghost fights Wasp while driving the truck

Wasp suddenly tracked down Ghost and began to fight against her for the lab until Ant-Man had to interfere in the conflict. Ghost noticed Ant-Man clinging onto the windshield wiper and began to turn it on in order to lose him. Wasp leans in for the punch but Ghost phases out to dodge and then grabs Wasp on the drivers seat, hoping to strangle her out. Wasp got out of Ghost's grasp and as they continued to fight, Ant-Man enlarges himself and punched Ghost in the face.


Ghost confronts Wasp for the Mobile Lab

Ghost was slightly knocked out from the attack and in that moment, Wasp took the lab and flew away behind the truck. Ghost took off her helmet and phased through the driver's seat and landed onto the wooden platform on the truck. Before the both of them could fight against each other, Burch and his mercenary had bumped into the truck, letting the lab go onto the hands Burch once again. Ghost flew out of the truck and landed on the ground.

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Ghost suddenly loses the Mobile Laboratory

While on the ground, Ghost witnessed Burch and his henchman driving away to another direction and followed them along the way. Eventually, after Ant-Man took the lab from Burch and struggled to breathe, he dropped the lab on the nearby pier. While Luis planned on getting the lab, Ghost kicked away from it and used the remote she stole from him to make it normal size again, entering the building as fast as possible. [1]

Getting the Cure [ ]

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Starr tells Bill Foster to begin her process

As Hank Pym was preparing to return to the real world with Janet van Dyne , Starr began her process of extracting energy to repair her body. Foster followed Starr and warned her that Janet will die if she continues the extraction. Starr ignored Foster's statement, as she thought he cares more about Janet than about her.

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Starr turns on the Quantum Chamber

While Starr reached for the control panel, Foster promised that Janet would be able to help her, leading her to push him away aggressively. Starr told Foster that this is the way and turned on the Quantum Tunnel in order power the Energy Chamber . Starr walked inside the Chamber as she began to become whole again, much to her delight. Ant-Man and Wasp walked inside the lab and stopped her from using the Tunnel to power the Chamber.


Ghost furiously fighting against Ant-Man

Starr noticed what they were doing and began to interfere with their plans to stop her. Starr attacked Ant-Man with full force but her punches couldn't land on him until he grew small enough that she kicked him across the room. Starr saw Wasp near the control panel and began to attack her, phasing out of her Stingers that she was blasting onto her. Starr attacked her with her punches and kicks but was caught off guard once Ant-Man had teamed up with Wasp.


Ghost is defeated by Ant-Man and the Wasp

Starr was kicked into the ground but attacked back once Wasp tried to knock her out and proceeded to kick Ant-Man in the face. Noticing Wasp on the trail of the Tunnel, Starr walked over to her and finally tried to kill her only to be run over by the Quantum Vehicle , flying across the room. Once Starr was stopped by Lang and van Dyne and kept at bay until Pym and Janet were able to successfully return from the Quantum Realm, Starr recovered from the injury.

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Starr is healed by Janet van Dyne 's powers

By then, Starr's body was beginning to fall apart completely; however, Janet calmed her down and told her that she felt her pain. Starr expressed to Janet that her condition hurts and always had. Janet apologized for her sickness and told Starr that she can fix it. Janet transferred a portion of quantum energy into her, making Starr feel whole again and letting her touch Janet's hand. Luis then burst inside the lab and warned them that the Police were coming. [1]

Moving Away [ ]

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Ghost quickly leaves the Mobile Laboratory

Afterwards, Ghost proceeded to escape the lab with Scott Lang , Bill Foster , Hank Pym , Janet , and Hope with a plan to distract the FBI from their path to not get them all arrested. Once they had succeeded on the plan, Starr and Foster escaped the scene and into an alleyway in order to avoid getting arrested.


Starr leaves the city with Bill Foster 's help

On the alleyway with help of Foster on her side, Starr told him to leave her there but he insists on making it on a different location. Starr justifies by telling him that she hurt people like he said but Foster responded that he wouldn't abandon her. With a bleak smile, Starr hugged Foster with open arms. [1] Starr kept in contact with the Pyms and Lang, as they had begun to process to help her receive quantum energy. However, the team turned into dust , which left Lang trapped in the Quantum Realm, thus preventing them from providing any further help to her for the next five years. [3]

DNA Acquired [ ]

By 2023 , Ghost's DNA had been acquired by her former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury , who placed her DNA alongside many other enhanced individuals in a vial known as the Harvest . The Harvest vial was then administered by the Super-Skrulls Gravik and G'iah , bestowing both of them with Ghost's powers. [4]

Personality [ ]

Ava Starr has been trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. to become an elite and ruthless stealth operative tasked with infiltrating and eliminating criminal organizations, terrorist cells, and other threats. She holds a grudge against Hank Pym for expelling and discrediting her father, inadvertently leading to the accident that killed him and his wife as well as afflicting her with molecular disequilibrium.

Due to the years of chronic pain Starr experienced as a result of this, she was desperate enough to do anything to permanently fix her condition, especially when she learned that she had only a few weeks to live. Starr's limited time to live, chronic pain, and desperate need to survive pushed her to act with extreme aggression and impatience. She was planning to extract Janet van Dyne 's quantum energy despite the fact the process could potentially kill Janet and even considered kidnapping Cassie Lang as leverage to force Scott Lang to give her the Mobile Laboratory . Starr was unwilling to hear pleas of more peaceful yet uncertain means of curing her condition, as she was acutely aware of her limited lifespan. Having been promised a cure by S.H.I.E.L.D. that was not delivered made Starr distrustful of anyone who urged patience and vague plans for a cure to her condition. Although she shares a somewhat familial bond with Bill Foster , who assisted her in attempting to find a cure, she violently threw him aside when he tried to stop the quantum energy extraction.

Despite Starr's brutal exterior, she was not a heartless person by nature. While Starr's condition and imminent death caused her to act ruthlessly to survive, she still has a sense of morality, feeling shame for her actions as an assassin of S.H.I.E.L.D. due to the fact that the organization never had any intention of finding a cure and all she did for them did nothing to help her, showing she is able to feel remorse for committing actions that were not beneficial in her attempt to cure her condition. Starr has also proven to be capable of showing compassion and regard for others' well-being, particularly to those close to her. This is best exemplified when she urges Foster to abandon her, warning him that he will also be pursued by the authorities if he continues to act as her caretaker. Also, despite what the Pym family's actions caused her, Starr was willing to accept help from them and seems to be on much better terms with them after Janet returns and they begin extracting quantum energy to gradually cure her quantum illness.

Powers and Abilities [ ]

  • Enhanced Strength : Starr is able to amplify the amount of force behind her attacks while phasing, as a single kick was able to launch Ant-Man through several walls. She played Wasp , with brute force on the street, and able to fling Bill Foster to the other side of a room for attempting to prevent the opening of the Quantum Tunnel .
  • Enhanced Durability : Due to her condition, her body is tougher than that of an ordinary human, being able to withstand numerous injuries including blows from Ant-Man and the Wasp , mainly from the Giant-Man, and later she both received a bullet from the Wasp's gauntlet and being run over by Pym's quantum vehicle and flinging her to the other side of the lab leaving her alone with her leg limp.

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Ghost phasing in motion

  • Invisibility : Starr is able to pass in and out of the visible spectrum. She first used this power to spy on Hank Pym after they shrunk the Mobile Laboratory and fled. In fights, she was shown vanishing, then reappearing to launch a surprise attack against Wasp during the skirmish inside of Oui , and also appeared in the midst of Sonny Burch 's interrogation to find out where the lab was from Luis . Starr turned invisible by stealing the remote control from Luis' office .

Abilities [ ]

Ghost fighting against Ant-Man

  • Expert Acrobat : Starr is a highly trained acrobat, allowing her to vault over a car with ease. She incorporates this and also gymnastics into her fighting style to battle opponents.
  • Master Spy : Starr was trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. , as a secret agent, she put an end to many criminal organizations, terrorists, and other threats that proved too difficult for conventional agents.
  • Master Assassin : Starr was taken by S.H.I.E.L.D. and was forced to become a very skilled assassin in order to do S.H.I.E.L.D.'s bidding. Over her time with the agency, she racked up many kills, becoming one of their best assassins.

Equipment [ ]

  • Ghost Suit : A full-body suit that was designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help her better control her powers. The suit allowed Starr to selectively phase through matter at will, allowing her to rapidly switch between intangibility and tangibility for both stealth and offensive purposes.
  • Quantum Energy Chamber : Created by Bill Foster , the chamber releases waves of quantum energy which temporarily stabilize Starr's disequilibrium.

Facilities [ ]

  • Ghost's Hideout : Ghost used a hideout, which used to be her mansion, to keep herself stable in a Quantum Energy Chamber . Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne infiltrated the hideout, so she captured them and Hank Pym , explaining her past with S.H.I.E.L.D. to them. However, they tricked Bill Foster into replacing giant ants , allowing them to escape.
  • Oui : Ghost attacked the Oui during a battle between Wasp and Sonny Burch 's crew. She stole a device from Wasp and left the restaurant.
  • X-Con Security Consultants Office : Ghost hid in X-Con Security Consultants ' office while Sonny Burch and his crew interrogated the company's owners, and Luis revealed the location of the Mobile Laboratory .
  • Mobile Laboratory : Ghost and Bill Foster took control of Hank Pym 's mobile laboratory and attempted to use Pym's Quantum Tunnel to stabilize Ghost. However, Pym entered the tunnel instead while Ghost fought Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne . When Pym returned with Janet van Dyne , Janet cured Ghost of her lack of stability.

Relationships [ ]

  • In the comics, Ghost was an unnamed male anticapitalist saboteur and created a battle suit that allowed himself or any object he touched to be invisible or intangible. In some universes, Ghost is also an Inhuman .
  • Ghost is the fourth character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be depicted as a different gender from their counterpart in the comics, following Jeri Hogarth , the Ancient One , and Fenris .
  • Ghost is the second female main antagonist in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, the first being Hela .

Behind the Scenes [ ]

  • Ghost's first name was originally listed as Dawn .
  • Stephen Broussard states that Ghost is: "a villain whose main objective is to rid herself of the very thing that makes her a threat. I thought that was really interesting and sort of an emotional core that we really haven’t explored. People seemed to respond to the idea of not a supervillain that had to take over the world. We knew we were coming off the heels of Infinity War and you can’t get bigger than that in terms of epic score, so we zigged where they zagged kind of on purpose." [5]
  • Tamiko Brownlee was a stunt double for Hannah John-Kamen in the role of Ghost.
  • Eli Logue was a stand-in for Hannah John-Kamen in the role of Ghost.

References [ ]

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  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • ↑ D23 Expo 2022: Marvel Studios' 'Thunderbolts’ Casting Announced
  • ↑ Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits Scene
  • ↑ Secret Invasion: 1.06: Home
  • ↑ ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Producer Stephen Broussard On The Film’s Non-Traditional Antagonists

External Links [ ]


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Meet Hannah John-Kamen: The Actress Behind Ghost In ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Hannah John-Kamen Ant-Man and the Wasp Ghost

After the familiar blast of targeted promotional material, Ant Man and the Wasp is very nearly upon us. Well, unless you live in the UK. Thanks to the bloody World Cup, British residents still have another month left to wait yet, but for everybody else the twentieth movie in the MCU franchise opens this Thursday. The film’s main villain, Ghost , is being played by actress Hannah John-Kamen . But just who is she, and where will you know her from?

After a deceptively slow start to her acting career, the 29 year old actress has finally hit the big time this year, appearing in no less than THREE massive blockbuster releases. Despite a relatively small number of acting credits to her name, she’s managed to steadily score herself roles in some of the biggest franchises around, before effortlessly transitioning into a Marvel villain role.

John-Kamen first started appearing on our screens back in 2011, immediately featuring in some pretty big television programs. Misfits, Death In Paradise, Happy Valley. Whilst maybe not as well known outside the UK, these were all projects that any budding young actor would kill to be in. And then in 2015 she turned up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as one of a number of familiar British performers to portray sinister officers in the First Order.

So just how has she managed to move on up from Wednesday evening TV drama serials, to headlining the Marvel Cinematic Universe ? Let’s find out:

5. Black Mirror

Hannah John-Kamen Black Mirror

Cast your minds back to Season One, and she appeared briefly in the mind-bending Fifteen Million Merits episode, which is where people had to save credits to appear on game shows to escape their tedious existences. In that episode she starred alongside fellow actor Daniel Kaluuya, who would also subsequently go on to join the MCU as Wakandan chieftain W’Kabi. Later on in Season three, she played an enigmatic corporate spy in the Playtest episode, where a virtual reality program dissolves an unfortunate player’s brain (In classic Black Mirror fashion…)

4. Killjoys (2015)

Hannah John-Kamen Killjoys

There’s a lot to love about this character, and the way in which HJK plays her. Ostensibly a hopeless flirt, she is an appealing blend of kick-ass, sarcastic and sexy space heroine.   But this banter-heavy outgoing persona hides a complex and slightly vulnerable other side, with a dark past and some real trust-issues occasionally find their way into proceedings.

3. Game Of Thrones (2016)

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Ornela is the widow of a slain Dothraki warrior, and is at the rider’s camp when Daenerys is bought in and told to remain there. Whilst not the most recurring of roles, it’s one with real emotional heft, that John-Kamen excels in. It’s her recounting of her haunted past that partly inspires Dany to rise up against her captors, and the Dragon Queen is also forced to intervene and save Ornela when her allies try to kill her for suspected betrayal.

2. Tomb Raider (2018)

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She has a decidedly small role in the film, with her barely featuring as Lara Croft’s close friend Sophie, but this was still a damn good one for her to snare. Appearing alongside the likes of Dominic West, Nick Frost and Kirsten Scott-Thomas is always good for your CV, and it’s also interesting that she shares a credit with Walton Goggins, who will be playing another villain alongside her in Ant Man 2.

1. Ready Player One (2018)

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When it was announced that HJK was joining the project to play Zandor, fans of the novel immediately went on the defensive. It’s a character that doesn’t feature in the book, and was created by Spielberg to add another element of danger to hero Wade’s antics in the real world outside of the Oasis. John-Kamen is brilliant, successfully juggling the requisite menace and humor needed to play the part, sharing several very memorable encounters with co-star Ben Mendelsohn (who incidentally will also be starring as an MCU villain in next year’s Captain Marvel movie. Small world, huh?)

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'Ant-Man and The Wasp' Star Hannah John-Kamen Talks About the Sinister Ghost

A modern update on a classic marvel villain.

When Ant-Man returns to the big screen fighting side by side with Wasp in Marvel Studios' “ Ant-Man and The Wasp ," they’ll have a new foe to battle in the Marvel villain, Ghost!

Actress Hannah John-Kamen is making her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she talked about how it felt to play the mysterious character whose story received a contemporary update for the film.

Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen)

The Ghost first appeared in 1987 as a male character and a foe for Iron Man. “The kind of gender swapping from male to female—you can look at comic books written so long ago...." John-Kamen cheered the update. "And 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.”

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A Marvel fan herself, John-Kamen studied for her villainous role by doing research and comparing the similarities or differences between the comics and the movies. Working with director Peyton Reed was also a plus, “I mean Peyton’s amazing. It’s so good to work with a director who is such a fan of the world that we’re all working on.”

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Regardless of the characters of movies that came before in the MCU, her character in particular is pretty much a tabula rasa. “With any role, it’s always a blank slate to carve anything, whether you’re playing a super hero, a villain, anything from any comic,” explained John-Kamen. “It’s important as an actor to have your own input, interpretation of that anyway.”

Unlike several heroes and villains, Ghost doesn’t have an alter ego—an aspect John-Kamen enjoyed. “It’s freeing, it’s very freeing," shared John-Kamen. "To play this character, and whether you were in the suit or not, what the perception of the character is, it’s just a new character. And when it’s a new character, there is freedom with that.”

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“ Red Sonja ” has found its star.

Hannah John-Kamen , best known as the villain Ghost in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” will wield the sword of the comic book fantasy hero in Millennium Films ‘ long-gestating feature adaptation. Joey Soloway (“Transparent”) is directing the film, from a script by Soloway and Tasha Huo (a writer on Netflix’s upcoming “Tomb Raider” TV series).

“Hannah is a very talented actress who we’ve been following for years and she is Red Sonja,” Soloway said in a statement. “Her range, sensibilities and strength are all qualities we have been looking for and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey together.”

Created in the early 1970s by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith for Marvel’s “Conan the Barbarian” comics, Red Sonja quickly became popular enough for her own spinoff series. That is certainly due in part to the character’s formidable fighting skills and forthright personality, and also because she was typically clad in a chain-mail bikini that seemed less about providing protection for the character than titillation for the largely heterosexual male readership.

The Red Sonja and Conan comics eventually left Marvel and landed at Dynamite Entertainment, which is where Millennium is basing its adaptation.

This could mark a major career step for the British-born John-Kamen, who started her career on U.K. TV series like “Happy Valley,” “Cucumber,” and “The Tunnel.” Coincidentally, one of John-Kamen’s first breakout roles was as a character named Sonja in the “Black Mirror” episode “Playtest” with Wyatt Russell. She’s also appeared on “Game of Thrones,” “Killjoys” and “Brave New World,” and played supporting roles in the 2018 “Tomb Raider” with Alicia Vikander and in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” She recently wrapped production as the lead in Sony’s reboot of the “Resident Evil” franchise from writer-director Johannes Roberts.  

The Hollywood Reporter first reported John-Kamen’s casting.

“Red Sonja” was adapted to a feature film in 1985, starring Brigitte Nielsen (with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a supporting role) and directed by Richard Fleischer. Since then, however, “Red Sonja” has repeatedly bounced around Hollywood, but never quite made it to a greenlight.

In 2008, Rose McGowan was attached to star for producer Robert Rodriguez and director Douglas Aarniokoski. More recently, Millennium came under fire for first hiring embattled director Bryan Singer to direct the film, despite the fact he’d recently been fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” After the Atlantic published an exposé alleging Singer had sexually assaulted underage boys (allegations Singer has repeatedly denied), Millennium chief Avi Lerner eventually relented to public pressure and replaced Singer with Soloway.

As can be the case for properties that have passed through many hands, the producers on “Red Sonja” are legion. They include Mark Canton (“300”) and Courtney Solomon (“After”); Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman for Campbell Grobman Films; Andrea Sperling for Topple; and for Millennium Media, Yariv Lerner, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Les Weldon, Joe Gatta and Tanner Mobley. Millennium’s Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Trevor Short are executive producing, along with Luke Lieberman for Red Sonja LLC, Nick Barrucci for Dynamite Entertainment and Dorothy Canton.

John-Kamen is represented by Paradigm, Scott Marshall Partners and Luber Roklin.

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Meet Hannah John-Kamen, breakout super-villain in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

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Hannah John-Kamen, the soon-to-be breakout star of Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” came to director Peyton Reed with a really, really good letter of recommendation.

“It said, ‘Dear Peyton,’ ” explains Reed. “ ‘I’m excited you’re doing the movie and I just want to put in the good word for Hannah. I worked with her and she was terrific. Signed, Steven Spielberg.’”

The endorsement from Spielberg — who directed her in her role as a deliciously unscrupulous gaming company exec in spring’s “Ready Player One” — certainly didn’t hurt. But John-Kamen, whose credits include “Black Mirror,” “Game of Thrones” and Warner Bros.’ big screen “Tomb Raider” reboot earlier this year, didn’t need much of an extra boost.

She landed the role of Ghost, the super-powered antagonist of Disney’s July 6 release, by wowing Reed and Marvel brass during a search for an actress who could hold the screen opposite “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.

Not that she takes the gesture for granted.

“To have a letter from Steven Spielberg – come on, who says that out loud? It’s really wonderful, and it’s an honor,” she says and smiles bashfully in a suite at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, fondly recalling how they’d sing show tunes and standards between scenes — “Singin’ in the Rain,” “West Side Story,” Sinatra. “ And he’s got a great voice,” she adds. “I think on-set karaoke should be a thing on every set now.”

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The London-based actress, 28, kicked off her screen career seven years ago in British television (“Whitechapel,” “The Hour”) but won a sci-fi following with “Killjoys,” the SyFy space series she’s starred in for three seasons and counting as the tough-as-nails leader of a team of bounty hunters.

“It was just incredible, and I’m still pinching myself,” says John-Kamen of the Marvel process. She put herself on tape for the “Ant-Man” role while shooting “Killjoys” in Toronto, where she films four months out of the year. During a camera test at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios the actress impressed producers not only with her dramatic skills but with her physicality, performing stunt sequences as part of her tryout.

“I was amazed at how much she was able to do in camera with respects to fight choreography, in addition to the intensity and the acting chops I’d already seen,” says producer Stephen Broussard. “It’s always better if you’re getting this from the actors in-camera.”

When she got the Marvel Cinematic Universe job, her celebration had a soundtrack. “I jumped around and played Miley Cyrus,” she says and laughs. Her victory song? The Miley banger “Do My Thang.”

The sequel to 2015’s “Ant-Man” finds size-shifting superhero Scott Lang (Rudd) under house arrest two years after running off with rogue Avengers in “Captain America: Civil War.” As Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and her father, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), embark on a new mission, a mysterious nemesis with her own high-tech suit enters the picture with her eyes on Pym’s technology, and the powerful ability to “phase” through material objects.

READ MORE: How ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ continues Marvel’s push for gender equality »

Brought to life by John-Kamen, Ghost is an example of gender-flipping that not only serves the narrative, but also moves the franchise forward as Marvel finally propels more female characters to the fore. (Next year’s “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, will be the 21st MCU movie and the first in the franchise to be fronted by a solo female heroine.)

Like all new Marvel recruits, John-Kamen prepared by reading the comics that featured the character — but it was short work, given Ghost’s limited presence in the comics. She found the lack of substantial lore exciting because it presented an opportunity to create something new: “I was like, ‘Brilliant!’ ”

Rewritten from a male hacker to a female operative in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the character took on more complexity and depth. Re-envisioning her as a female antagonist allowed the filmmakers to conceive of a back story that aligned her ability to “phase” through matter — and the terrible toll that her powers exact on her — with the larger theme of fathers and daughters that echoes throughout the “Ant-Man” films.

“When she read [for the role] she was really tough and physical, but she also played the vulnerability of that character,” says Reed. “We liked the idea of presenting an antagonist who has these powers, which are potentially dangerous and lethal, but they’re an affliction for her more than they are a power.”

Even the way John-Kamen fought as Ghost lent the performance a vital physicality, he added. “She moved in a way that was fierce, but also balletic,” he said, noting that she frequently insisted on performing stunts herself without the aid of a double. “Obviously there are some stunt people in the movie, but the bulk of it is Hannah.”

Donning Ghost’s futuristic suit, a high-tech skin she depends on for more than just combat, helped John-Kamen instantly transform into the volatile character. “I’d put the suit on and it would make me do this thing with my hands,” she says, clenching her fists, “and when I was walking — I felt like the Terminator. I had this swag when the suit was on, and when the suit was off I’d kind of get shy.”

But the emotion and pain beneath the physicality, both in and out of that suit, are the elements that make Ghost a surprisingly sympathetic baddie.

“I approached her as not being a villain,” says the actress. “In my mind it’s everyone else’s fault; they’re the bad guys. I’m the good guy, and it’s every man and woman for herself. She’s a complex cookie. She’s got a lot of depth and she’s vulnerable.” She smiles. “I think the audience are going to be very, very confused as to how they feel about her.”

It’s not the first time a character has been re-imagined from the comics in the MCU. Ghost was predated by the Ancient One, a character that appeared in the comics as a male Tibetan mystic but, in a case of controversial casting, was played by white actress Tilda Swinton in 2016’s “Doctor Strange.”

Marvel creatives heard the outcry over erasing the character’s Asian identity, and Broussard — who also worked on previous MCU films including “Doctor Strange” as a member of the Marvel creative team under executives Victoria Alonso, Kevin Feige, and Louis D’Esposito — says they continue to learn by listening.

“You have to realize that these things are popular and they carry a sort of cultural responsibility to them,” he said of the blockbusters that comprise the multi-billion dollar Marvel franchise. And with great responsibility comes great… humility , he suggested. At least when fans and critics are calling out even unintentional tone-deafness.

“If perhaps sometimes your first instinct is to be defensive about a choice when it’s criticized, you have to put that away and realize people are going to come to you with a point of view that is worth listening to,” he said.

Any young girl, any mini-me watching the movie, can go, ‘I want to do that.’

— Hannah John-Kamen

In the interim, Marvel delivered a groundbreaking hero in “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler and starring a largely black cast that included Chadwick Boseman as the MCU’s first black lead superhero. The company took another long-awaited step forward with “Captain Marvel,” filmed this year with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck at the helm.

And when it came to casting Ghost in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” producers opened their search to performers of all ethnicities.

“It was more about, if we’re going to reinvent this character from the ground up from what it was in the books, we should be open to all sorts of people,” explained Broussard of the colorblind casting search. “We just wanted to be surprised with a great actress.”

When they cast John-Kamen, who is biracial, the character of Ghost became not just a woman, but a woman of color — and one for whom neither gender nor ethnic background is a defining characteristic or plot point, but a normalized part of her reality. Just like the predominantly white male heroes and villains who have come before.

“Yes – the wonderful thing is, it doesn’t matter,” says John-Kamen. “It’s not about that! It’s not shining a torch on it, but it isn’t ignoring it. It’s just there, and it’s great. Any young girl, any mini-me watching the movie, can go, ‘I want to do that.’”

Putting diversity on screen in the Marvel universe is “important to all of us,” says Reed. “It’s really important to me that people want to see themselves reflected in movies, and this is not white America anymore — thankfully… [The MCU] is a universe filled with white people, and I think it needs to be less so. It just feels obvious to me.”

The grand result of the team’s open creative and casting process is an intriguing antagonist whom audiences might want to stick around. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” may be one of the smaller pictures in the MCU, but its timing — as the first installment to follow the universe-shaking events of April’s “Avengers: Infinity War” — has big implications.

Could we see more of Ghost in the future of the MCU, particularly in the wake of Thanos’ fateful “Infinity War” power-snap? Reed grins at the prospect of Ghost functioning as a wild card in the Marvel toolbox. “I like the idea of, potentially in the future of the MCU, is she going to be a hero? Is she going to be a villain? It’s complicated...

“It’s an interesting thought,” he allows, “but I cannot comment on it at this point in time.”

Likewise, John-Kamen might be new to the Marvel fold but she already knows how to keep top secret info under wraps. Days after the “Ant-Man and the Wasp” press tour she’s heading back to Toronto to film the fifth and final season of “Killjoys,” whose fourth season begins airing this month.

Now that she’s penetrated Hollywood, is she clearing her schedule after a banner 2018 racking up roles in three back-to-back studio tentpoles?

“You actually, literally , never know what’s going to happen,” she says of her uncertain Marvel destiny with a teasing smile. “You never know what the future holds.”

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In Ant-Man and the Wasp , Ghost, the gray-suit wearing, matter-altering antagonist of the new film, is bound to cause trouble. Hannah John-Kamen is the actor under the suit, and she's all over the sci-fi/fantasy genre — though you may not have recognized her name.

British actor John-Kamen got her start in 2011 as a voice actor in the now classic fantasy video game Dark Souls , as well as its sequel, Dark Souls II . She went on to make appearances on several British television series, including multiepisode arcs on shows such as Happy Valley , The Tunnel , and The Hour . Additionally, she's made appearances on two separate Black Mirror episodes, "Fifteen Million Merits" and again in "Playtest."

Since 2015, John-Kamen has starred on the space bounty-hunter television series Killjoys as one of the central characters. The series originally premiered in Canada but has been picked up to be coproduced by SyFy channel for a its final fourth and fifth seasons.

READY PLAYER ONE, Hannah John-Kamen, 2018. ph: Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros. Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

She's also appeared in two of the biggest franchises of the last several years: Game of Thrones and Star Wars . In Game of Thrones , John-Kamen played Ornela, one of the dosh khaleen who quickly befriends Daenerys, and in Star Wars: The Force Awakens , she was one of the First Order officers.

Her appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp will also be her third time on the big screen this year after having already showed up in Ready Player One (pictured above) as the leader of The Sixers, F'Nale Zandor, and in the Tomb Raider reboot as Sophie. After such a busy year, I'm sure it's not a stretch to say that we can plan on seeing Hannah show up in many more of our favorite geeky properties going forward.

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Ava Starr , better known as Ghost , is the main antagonist of the 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man and the Wasp and will return in some capacity in the upcoming 2024 film Thunderbolts .

She is a young woman with the ability to phase and bypass through solid objects due to an over-exposure to Quantum energy in a failed experiment. However, the aftermath of her mutation is also a disease that is slowly killing her.

She is portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen , who also played F’Nale Zandor in Ready Player One . As a child, she was portrayed by RaeLynn Bratten.

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Appearance [ ]

Ava Starr is a tall, slim woman with curly brown hair with a tan-skinned tone and green eyes. While wearing her costume, it is entirely colored white with some shades of grey made from rubber and an unknown texture. She also has a protective mask with red eyes and sensors that allow her to see someone without getting detected. Her hood also conceals the rest of her head as a sort of protection.

Biography [ ]

Ava as a child

Ava as a child.

Ghost is first seen when she spies on Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne (along with Hope's father Hank Pym) driving away with their miniaturized laboratory, learning of their plan to rescue Hope's mother Janet from a quantum realm. Ghost enters Sonny Burch's restaurant after Hope successfully defeats Burch's men and takes the part he refused to sell to her and engages her in a fight over the same part. Ant-Man quickly joins in on the fight to prevent Hope from being killed, although the two of them are unable to prevent Ghost from escaping. Outside the restaurant, she forces Hank Pym to give up his miniature laboratory by phasing her fist into his throat and then makes off with it.

With help from Bill Foster, Lang, Hope and Pym manage to track down Ghost's location, but they are quickly apprehended by Ghost, who promptly reveals her identity named Ava Starr, the adoptive daughter of Bill. She peacefully explains that her father was once a colleague of Hank Pym but was fired alongside Bill, prompting him to run a quantum test that failed and caused an explosion that killed Ava's parents and mutated her molecular structure, giving her the ability to phase through matter and become invisible. For years S.H.I.E.L.D. used Ava as a stealth assassin in exchange of researching a possible cure or her, during which they developed the Ghost Suit which gives Ava some degree of control over her abilities.

However, Bill discovered that Ava's powers are actually a deadly disease that will kill her. Foster built a cabin that feeds quantum energy into Ava to stabilize her, but Ava's condition will only worsen over time and the cabin can only do so much to delay the symptoms. Ava and Bill plan to cure her using the quantum machine (with Bill's help) to extract quantum energy directly from Janet. Believing that the plan might kill Janet, Pym refuses to tag along and he, Lang and Hope manage to retrieve the lab before escaping, much to Bill and Ava's distraught.

However, things took a turn for the worst when Burch learned of the trio's location and had his FBI contact Stoltz to inform the FBI, who then arrest Pym and Hope while Lang is forced to escape. This allows Burch to finally get hold of the lab before setting his plan to sell it. Fortunately, Lang broke Pym and Hope free before retrieving the lab and using it to open a portal to save Janet, but Ava arrives to confront them again. Inside the building, she uses the energy that is supporting Janet but is stopped by Ant-Man and Wasp once again. They eventually managed to get back to the real world unharmed, and Janet uses her energy to temporarily cure Ava of her condition. This allows both Bill and Ava to escape free while Burch and his men end up being arrested by the arriving FBI.

With Ava temporarily cured and Burch arrested, Lang and the Pym family decided to work more on the quantum energy in an effort to find a permanent cure for Ava.

Personality [ ]

Due to the accident that caused her parents' demise, Ava proved herself to be quite vengeful and ruthless in nature as she holds a grudge against Hank Pym for discrediting her father that inadvertently led to the accident. As Ava's condition worsens, she continuously becomes more desperate to find a cure and scared of death, acting out of impulse and not caring if saving her life implies killing others. Due to her extreme condition, Ava was willing to do anything that could help find a cure for her, even attempting to coerce Lang to help him out by threatening to kidnap his daughter Cassie and attacking her surrogate father.

Despite this, Ava does seem to care for her surrogate father Bill, even warning him to flee as she doesn't want him to be on the run from the authorities due to her actions. She even willingly gave up her grudge against the Pym family after Janet used the extracted quantum energy to temporarily cure her following the arrest of Burch and his men.

Relationships [ ]

  • Elihas Starr † - Father
  • Catherine Starr † - Mother
  • Bill Foster - Adoptive Father

Friends [ ]

  • Scott Lang / Ant-Man - Former Enemy
  • Hope van Dyne / Wasp - Former Enemy
  • Hank Pym - Former Enemy
  • Janet van Dyne - Attempted Victim and Former Enemy
  • Luis - Former Enemy

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  • Sonny Burch
  • Stoltz † - Enemy and Victim

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  • She is the second main antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series to be a female after Hela . The difference is that Ava redeems herself after Janet cures her and she is still alive whereas Hela remains evil to the end and dies.
  • RaeLynn Bratten played the young incarnation of the character during the flashback where her parents died from the experimental accident.
  • Unlike her comic-book counterpart, this version of Ghost is the daughter of the MCU counterpart of Ant-Man's archenemy Egghead .
  • Ghost's role in the movie is similar to Ivan Vanko/Whiplash in Iron Man 2 . Both are main antagonists who wanted to get revenge on the heroes whose families are indirectly responsible for their parents' deaths - Hank Pym and Tony Stark respectively.
  • However, it might imply to she might still be alive, as actress Hannah John Kamen confirmed that she is still alive.

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Marvel hints there’s more to the story of Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp

By ariba bhuvad | nov 6, 2020.

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen)..Photo: Ben Rothstein..©Marvel Studios 2018

Ghost was hanging onto life at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but we never found out what happened to her. But Marvel doesn’t like loose ends…

Ant-Man and the Wasp  ended on quite the cliffhanger, with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) seemingly stuck in the Quantum Realm, the people who were supposed to pull him out having gotten Snapped away by Thanos.

Of course, he eventually made his way out in  Avengers: Endgame  and played a big role in reversing what Thanos did. But it may be easy to forget why Scott went into the Quantum Realm in the first place: to gather particles to save Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen).

Ghost, aka Ava Starr, made her debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp . She had the power to make herself invisible and phase through objects, the result of a quantum accident that also left her entire being unstable; she’s in constant pain and will eventually die an early death. After coming to an understanding, Ant-Man and the Wasp decided to try and help stabilize her.

But we don’t know what happened to Ghost since all plans were dropped after the Snap. But now, Marvel has addressed the mystery…a little. They just published “ A Ghost Story: The Tragic Circumstances of Ava Starr “, which has this to say:

"After Janet Van Dyne is rescued from the Quantum Realm, she can sense Ava’s unstable state and is able to partially heal Ava with some of her own quantum energy. Scott eventually goes back into the Quantum Realm to collect quantum healing particles just for her, which of course was mere moments before the Blip happens and he gets stuck there for five years, but that’s a story for another time."

Seriously, guys?! A story for another time?!

Well, at least that means we could still see her again! Perhaps in the third movie?

Honestly, I assumed Ava would have died in the time Scott was stuck in the Quantum Realm. It’s either that, or she too got Snapped away.  Or  Janet’s temporary healing lasted the five years Scott was gone. In any case, we’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out in the third installment.  If  John-Kamen actually returns for it, that is.

Whether Ghost will be a part of the third film or not, we are so here to learn more about what the heck happened to her. After all, Marvel wouldn’t casually mention her in a story for no reason, right?

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Ant-Man & the Wasp redeemed Ghost but left her fate up in the air. Some future MCU projects may suggest she can come back sooner rather than later.

Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) is one of the few main villains in the  Marvel Cinematic Universe to survive the movie's ending, so what happened to her after  Ant-Man & the Wasp ? When the  Ant-Man sequel was released, the MCU was in a state of unrest after Thanos had eliminated half of all life in the universe. Ant-Man & the Wasp 's post-credits scene  showed how this catastrophe pulverized Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), and their daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) in the precise moment that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) needed them to bring him back from his brief trip into the Quantum Realm. Their previous fight with Ava Starr a.k.a. Ghost resulted in the team helping her harness a small ration of quantum energy to temporarily prevent her from phasing out of existence before she escaped with her adoptive father Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne). Although Janet promised to keep providing her with energy to treat her ailment, Ghost's fate is unknown after disappearing while the events of  Avengers: Infinity War and  Avengers: Endgame were taking place.

In the comics, Ghost is primarily an Iron Man villain with a cryptic past. His real identity is a mystery, but some clues suggest he once was a talented data engineer who came up with a cutting-edge piece of tech called GhostTech, which would be used to revolutionize computer chips. However, his project was hijacked by his corporate higher-ups, who manipulated him and exploited him with no regard for his psychological well-being. This led him to fuse with his invention, gaining the ability to make himself and other objects invisible and intangible, plus the brainpower of a supercomputer. Although the MCU changed most of the character's backstory and turned him into a former SHIELD stealth operative who gained her ghost-like powers following a quantum accident, many of the original character's storylines in the comics could hint at what's coming for his cinematic counterpart.

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Since Ghost actress Hannah John-Kamen herself has stated that the most certain information about her character's fate is that she survived, there are a few roads Marvel can take with the villain. The most straightforward one would be to have her appear in an upcoming MCU movie or Disney+ show. Her ties with SHIELD and her need to keep a low profile makes her a good candidate for an appearance as a secondary villain in  Falcon and the Winter Soldier , but her powerset can also make her an optimal addition to other titles like  Loki  and  Ms. Marvel . Considering Marvel hasn't confirmed any plans for  Ant-Man 3 in the next few years, it's highly probable that Ghost will join other MCU characters before facing the shrinking hero again.

The most popular theory that's also supported by the comics is that  Ghost will be a founding member of the Thunderbolts , a team of seemingly rehabilitated villains assembled by Baron Zemo (played by Daniel Brühl in the MCU) who take the role of superheroes but carry on with their nefarious deeds under wraps. Its most important members have already been introduced in the movies, with Zemo and General Ross (William Hurt) having played vital roles in Captain America: Civil War  and Taskmaster making his cinematic debut in the upcoming  Black Widow . As a recurring member in the comics, Ghost would be a no-brainer addition. As with a third  Ant-Man installment, there are currently no plans for a  Thunderbolts movie, but the evil team can appear in other titles, most probably in  Hawkeye , as the archer has led the team at one point in the comics.

The question with the troubled Ava Starr isn't  if but  when she will resurface in the  Marvel Cinematic Universe . Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is eager to bring Ghost back  some time in the future since  Ant-Man & The Wasp   did a great job at making her stand out from other villains as a mere victim of her circumstances. She's been lucky enough to survive inconceivable threats, so everything points at an extensive range of possibilities for her return in the ever-growing universe of Marvel movies and TV shows.

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What Happened to Ant-Man & the Wasp's Most Powerful Character - and Can They Return?

Ant-Man and the Wasp introduced the exciting villain, Ghost. But following her fate at the film's climax, will the character appear again?

One of the best qualities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is how characters and ideas introduced in the past can return in later movies. For example, the Abomination first appeared in The Incredible Hulk and didn't appear again for over a decade. However, when he does return, it's in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings , and he obtains a new look . Doing so also gives hope that other seemingly one-off characters will return, including one of the most powerful characters from Ant-Man and the Wasp .

In the film, Ghost serves as one of the main antagonists . However, even though the character is deadly and unsettling, she seemingly exits the movie without proper closure. That being said, what exactly happened to Ghost, and could she return in the future like Abomination?

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Who Is the MCU's Ghost?

To properly understand the MCU version of the character, it's crucial to know the story of the comic book character. Introduced in Iron Man #219 by David Michelinie and Bob Layton, Ghost was a tech genius who engineered a device called GhostTech, which won him the favor of his superiors. However, his managers also manipulated his private life, turning his girlfriend into a call girl unbeknownst to him. When she threatened to out them, she was assassinated, forcing Ghost to get revenge by making a suit made of GhostTech. As the Ghost, he got his revenge, erased his identity and focused on corporate espionage.

In the MCU, Ava Starr becomes the Ghost after her father, Elihas, creates a quantum device that malfunctions. The resulting Quantum Energy alters her cells, allowing her to phase through objects. However, it causes her great pain and is hard to control as it slowly kills her. As she grows up, she's turned into a weapon by SHIELD and becomes more bitter towards humanity. Teaming up with Bill Foster, she decides to steal the Quantum Tunnel being made by Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne to find his wife, Janet. As a result, she opposes Ant-Man and the Wasp on multiple occasions.

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Where the MCU Left Ghost's Story

At the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp , the two heroes successfully hold off Ghost long enough for Hank to rescue Janet, effectively dooming her to a painful death. But it's revealed that Janet's time in the Quantum Realm has given her abilities as well. These allow her to cure Ghost's condition, finally freeing her of her ailment. That being said, it's never confirmed if she still has powers or is a friend or foe. It's also unclear if her attitude has changed towards life or if she is still bitter about the childhood she lost due to SHIELD. But since she left with Bill Foster, there's hope that he can help her see that there are other ways to help people and cope with loss and pain.

Will Ghost Return in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is surrounded by rumors over what could occur in the upcoming film. However, the only thing confirmed is that the heroes will have to face off against Kang the Conqueror . While it seems like they will have their hands full, their dive into the Quantum Realm could tease the return of Ghost. Not only is she with Bill Foster, who may have to help Hank with the technology, but she may also have to use any abilities she may still have to help in her own way. Plus, with many plot threads seemingly abandoned by the MCU coming back into play even years later, there's no reason not to think that Ghost could be the next character to return.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania arrives in theaters July 28, 2023.

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