It’s inevitable for some creators to take creative liberties when adapting pre-existing properties. In the MCU, several comic characters were shaped and molded to better fit the verisimilitude of its universe. In Iron Man 2, we got an amalgamation of the Crimson Dynamo and Whiplash for the villain and a significantly younger Justin Hammer with Sam Rockwell. Such is the same for Ghost, who will appear as the villain in Ant-Man & the Wasp. If you’ve been diving deep into comics, you know that Ghost is portrayed as a male character as opposed to Hannah John-Kamen who is of the opposite sex. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, director Peyton Reed spoke about the decision to change the gender of the character, revealing some interesting details in the process.
The Ghost character could be male, female, anything, so it just seemed more interesting to us [to cast a woman]. Ghost’s primary power is the ability to ‘phase,’ which allows Ghost to move through solid matter. She has all sorts of strange versions of that phasing power — it proves quite difficult for Ant-Man and Wasp to deal with.
As someone who wants to see more female baddies in the MCU, I encourage exciting changes like this. There have been reports abound of a possible female villain for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel so I’m looking forward to that outcome. As for the actual character, I’m curious to see how Ghost gets her hands on tech as advanced as phasing. The only character with access to that kind of ability is Vision and he’s powered by Vibranium and an Infinity Stone. How did Ghost develop that kind of technology?