When I visited the set for Ant-Man and the Wasp last year, we were told so much about the film from the stars and the numerous storyboards posted throughout Pinewood Studios. We were sworn to secrecy, and our families and our lives were threatened.
Okay, not really, but we were told by the studio what we definitively could and could not reveal. As we get closer to the film’s release date of July 6, we’re seeing an increasing number of theories, most of which have been way off the mark, so it’s been really difficult to remain silent. Especially since I am not renowned as a secret keeper.
Marvel Studios released a new Ant-Man and the Wasp poster yesterday and a brand new trailer today. That means we can share more details about the film!
It’s been confirmed that the Ant-Man sequel takes place sometime after Captain America: Civil War. The 20th Marvel Studios film will follow Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) trying to rescue Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. Janet is the mother of Hope and wife to Hank Pym and decades ago, was trapped in the alternate dimension during a mission.
Playing the main villain, Ghost, in the film is actress Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One). Originally portrayed as a man in the comics, Ghost is a skilled inventor that had the ability to interface with, and hack, machines. Ghost used his abilities to create a super suit that gave him super-human abilities, such as the ability to move through solid matter.
We also see that Hope is no sidekick to Scott. They both hold their own as superheroes (maybe Hope holds a little bit more) so we can certainly expect a lot more action from this sequel! We can also see that both are much more skilled at shrinking and growing things on command, as proven by a giant salt shaker.
What will make the film more exciting – and the team much more difficult to catch – is the fact that Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, can now grow and shrink his own multi-story laboratory.
We also meet Laurence Fishburne’s Dr. Bill Foster. Comic book fans know him better as Goliath. Bill Foster was one of the few people that were trusted with the secrets of the Pym Particles when they ran the “Goliath” experiments. There have been hints in the original film that Pym Particles can actually have negative health effects; it’s why Hank can’t become Ant-Man himself. At one point, Scott even admitted that going (gi)ant made him pass out once. Perhaps that means that Foster/Goliath has had the same effects. We’ll soon find out!
Fans will get to see Ghost, Goliath, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and the rest of the characters when Ant-Man and the Wasp open in theaters on July 6.