Ant-Man and the Wasp won't be arriving until 2018, but we already have plenty of news about the upcoming Marvel film. While casting announcements and concept art were among of the juicy details revealed during San Diego Comic-Con 2017, there seems to be a subtle reference to Ant-Man and the Wasp in this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Or, more specifically, to the Ant-Man sequel's villains.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Villains And The Tinkerer
Note: The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
One of the Ant-Man and the Wasp villains announced during #SDCC2017 is Ghost. In the comics, two of the character's distinctive abilities are invisibility and intangibility. While we've seen these abilities before in the #MCU, thanks to Vision, we also saw these abilities present in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The Vulture used an intangibility technology to board a government cargo truck in Washington DC, to steal parts from an Ultron bot. We later saw the invisibility technology on the Stark cargo plane, when the plane turned invisible. (Or "invisible," thanks to clever camoflague.) The Vulture allowed the Tinkerer to hack into the plane, tapping into the invisibility technology.
If the Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp is similar to the Ghost in the comics, then it's pretty safe to say that Ghost will buy the invisibility and intangibility technology from the Tinkerer, and use it for herself.
While that's an interesting theory, there's another premise that is just as intriguing.
Is Ghost Rebuilding Ultron?
The Vulture and the Tinkerer are selling Ultron tech from Sokovia to a specific buyer. Among the items stolen from the cargo truck in Homecoming were an Ultron head, a Chitauri battery, and a metal piece from an Ultron bot. While the Vulture and the Tinkerer sell technology and weapons on a “first come, first served” basis, they are also accepting custom orders on certain technology, hence why they didn’t rob the entire cargo truck in Washington DC.
So someone is buying specific Ultron tech from the Vulture and the Tinkerer. If we assume it's Ghost, then one possibility is that she is actually building her own armored suit à la Iron Man, instead of rebuilding Ultron – and with the added quirks of invisibility and intangibility.
Presumably, there's no reason Ghost would want to rebuild Ultron, so making an Iron Man-esque suit is a more reasonable use for this technology and the Chitauri battery. Nonetheless, the combination between the Chiatauri battery and the Ultron head could potentially boot up the Ultron head's system. But the head is useless without the Ultron artificial intelligence. Still, we shouldn't discard an Ultron comeback as there is another way Ghost could bring back the evil AI to life, albeit unconventionally.
Ultron's Last Great Hope
In the comics, Ghost is an expert hacker and scientist. Let's say the MCU version of Ghost is builds an armored suit from this tech. What if instead of wearing the suit, Ghost transplants her mind into the robotic armor (as in Ghost in the Shell), thereby becoming a version of Ultron. Sounds crazy, but this is exactly what happened to J.A.R.V.I.S. when he became Vision.
There is still much we don't know about Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and even more we don't know about the movie itself. By the looks of it, however, it seems she will get her comic book abilities from the Tinkerer. When Spider-Man took out all the Ultron parts from the Vulture's duffel bag in Homecoming I was intrigued, and now it seems like one of the MCU's greatest villains could possibly return.
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