The post-credits scene of 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp saw Scott Lang return to the Quantum Realm to retrieve quantum healing particles for Ghost, the film’s antagonist. These particles were meant to heal her quantum mutation and her imbalanced molecular structure and balance that we are slowly killing her. Moments later, when Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne were supposed to pull it off, the Snap happened, and the rest is history.
This raises important questions as to what happened with Ava Starr, aka Ghost, a character played by the talented Hanna John-Kamen. Unfortunately, while 2019 End of Game wrapped up over a decade of cinematic stories, even the three-hour epic could tackle all the little mysteries of the MCU, including the whereabouts and well-being of Ava Starr. with the next Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Slated for release in 2023, as part of the MCU’s Phase Four, we wonder what happened to Ava and will she make an appearance?
We must stress that we will only be discussing the character of Ghost as seen in the MCU. The MCU’s version of Ghost is very loosely based on the comic book version of the unnamed male villain of the same name and powers, but an entirely different origin story. In 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp, we saw Ava as the sole survivor of an incident involving a quantum tunnel that killed her parents and flooded her with quantum energy, rendering her intangible.
Long story short, she ended up being taken in and trained by SHIELD as an operator, and the organization built her the Ghost Suit, which allowed her to slip between intangible and solid states, promising to find a way to cure it. However, due to the prolonged suffering caused by her quantum mutation and displacement, Ava became a hardened and extremely vicious person and after the collapse of SHIELD, Starr’s condition began to deteriorate, so she went after the best thing to find the cure SHIELD was. never gonna deliver – Hank Pym.
The main premise, at least from the ghost’s point of view, was to use Janet van Dyne’s quantum energy to permanently fix her displacement. This makes her an antagonist by the necessity of having to fight for her own survival. She doesn’t want to hurt anyone and grab any cosmic power for herself; she’s just trying to heal her imbalance by any means necessary. As such, she is more of a human obstacle to the film’s protagonists than a menacing force bent on causing death and destruction.
At the end of the film, after Janet van Dyne is finally rescued from the Quantum Realm, she can sense Ava’s quantum displacement and uses some of her own quantum energy to partially heal her. To fully heal Ava, however, Scott must return to the Quantum Realm to retrieve Quantum Healing Particles that were meant to cure her Quantum Mutation and imbalanced molecular structure and balance. And then the Snap happened, and Scott got stuck, leaving us wondering what happened to Ghost?
The good news is that Marvel hasn’t forgotten about her but has chosen not to disclose her fate and whereabouts in between. End of Game and any potential future appearances. It is currently unknown if Hannah John-Kamen will reprise her role as Ava Starr in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but the actor revealed that Ghost is still alive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of Endgame. But what happened to him during the five-year intrigue between Infinity War and End of Game?
Well, several things could have happened with Ava, and the least painful would be that she slipped away with half the life in the universe when the Hulk Inverted. End of Game. This would mean that she is still under the influence of Janet van Dyne’s quantum healing energy, giving her enough time for Scott to take another trip to the Quantum Realm and bring back another batch of Quantum Particles from healing.
Marvel deliberately didn’t specify how much time Janet’s fix gave Ghost, and for all viewers know, it could be anywhere from a few more days to a few more years. This would allow Marvel to adjust the character’s story arc to fit the overall narrative. It also opens up the possibility that Ava was not caught on camera and spent time waiting for Scott to return. We know that she did not succumb to her illness; otherwise, she wouldn’t be alive after the events of End of Game.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the next And-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, including whether Hannah John-Kamen will reprise her role in the third installment of the The ant Man film series. Evangeline Lily and the rest of the famous cast hailed the script as the best yet. Considering Jonathan Majors’ reported appearance of Kang the Conqueror and Bill Murray’s undisclosed villain role, if Ghost were to return for the next movie, she’d likely be a reformed villain.