- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Ghost from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. The mainstream version can be found here: Ghost (Marvel).
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|“||Nothing can prepare you for what's coming.||„|
|~ Ghost to Ant-Man and Wasp.|
Ava Starr, better known as Ghost, is one of the two main antagonists (alongside Sonny Burch) of the 2018 Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp. She is a young woman with the ability to phase and bypass through solid objects due to a disease that is slowly killing her.
She was portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen, who also played one of the Stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and F'Nale Zandor in Ready Player One.
Ava Starr is a woman with a curly brown hair with a tan-skinned tone. 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.
- Elihas Starr † - Father
- Catherine Starr † - Mother,
- Bill Foster - Adoptive Father, presumed deceased
- Scott Lang / Ant-Man - Former Enemy
- Hope van Dyne / Wasp † - Former Enemy
- Hank Pym † - Former Enemy
- Janet van Dyne † - Attempted Victim; Former Enemy
- Luis - Former Enemy
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 Birch's restaurant after Hope successfully defeats Birch'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 parents have died in dignity after an accident involving quantum tests, which resulted on her gaining invisibility powers and a deadly disease, and that she plans to cure herself using the quantum machine (with Bill's help). 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 use 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 decide to work more on the quantum energy in an effort to find a permanent cure for Ava. Unfortunately, the Pym family is killed by Thanos' death wave while Lang ends up being trapped in the quantum realm, much to his distraught. It is currently unknown whether or not Ava has perished away to the death wave as well.
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. Also, due to her extreme condition, Ava was willing to find out any solution that could provide a cure for her, even attempting to coerce Lang to help him out by threatening to kidnap his daughter Cassie.
Despite this, Ava does seem to care for her surrogate father Bill, even warning 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.
- Similar to the original comic counterpart, this version of Ghost has an ability to become invisible from one place to another, but the difference is this incarnation is gender bent as a female, particular due to lack of numerous main female villains in the franchise.
- She is the second main antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series to be a female after Hela.
- 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 want to get revenge on the heroes whose families are indirectly responsible for their parents' deaths - Hank Pym and Tony Stark respectively.