Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp has revealed a new logo (courtesy of a new Comic Con banner) and added another two cast members, in addition to confirming the roles of two recently cast stars. The information comes courtesy of their Hall H panel Saturday night at Comic Con:
Michelle Pfeiffer joins the cast as Janet van Dyne, wife of Hank Pym, mother of Hope van Dyne and the original Wasp. We learned in Ant-Man that Janet, in an attempt to stop a Soviet ICBM from hitting Washington D.C., shrunk down to subatomic size and became lost in the Quantum Realm. It’s unknown if Janet will be appearing strictly in flashbacks or if she will be rescued.
Lawrence Fishburne has been cast as Dr. Bill Foster, also a superhero in the comics who went by Black Goliath and later, Goliath. Foster was a biochemist colleague of Hank Pym and Tony Stark who ingested a formula containing Pym particles that granted him the ability to increase his size and mass to a gigantic proportions. He later retired but chose to come back when the Civil War broke out between Iron Man and Caprain America. He was killed during a battle by Ragnarok, a clone of Thor created by Stark and Reed Richards. I think it’s safe to say that in this film, Foster will be a retired hero, possibly even an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent like Pym and Janet.
Hannah John-Kamen has been tevealed to be portraying Ghost, a traditionally male Iron Man villain from the comics who was accidentally merged with the experimental computer tech he created in an assassination attempt, granting him the ability to to turn himself and any objects he touches invisible or intangible (although not both at the same time), hack and reprogram all manner of electronic systems in his vicinity as well as intercept, tamper with or silence electromagnetic signals. He is typically depicted as an anticapitalist saboteur who hires his services out to corporations and other organizations intending to turn on them as recompense for their greed. It’s unknown if the film iteration will share the character’s comic backstory or go with something completely new.
Walton Goggins was originslly thought to be playing an antihero like Taskmaster or Eric O’Grady, the fourth Ant-Man; but he has now been confirmed to be playing Sonny Burch. A villain who was the Under-Secretary of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics for Cross Technological Enterprises, Burch attempted to duplicate Tony Stark’s Iron Man technology but failed utterly due to his lack of competence or care, causing the deaths of several test pilots. He later killed himself. I doubt Goggins’ version will be as dark, and seeing as how Cross Technological Enterprises made an appearance in Ant-Man along with its former CEO Darren Cross (who was killed in a fight with Scott Lang), you can bet Burch will be slightly retooled to be after the Ant-Man technology this time around.
These four join a cast that also consist of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lily as Hope van Dyne/Wasp, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, with Michael Peña, T.I. and David Dastmalchian as Pym’s ex-criminal friends Luis, Dave and Kurt.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2018.