SDCC 2017: Michelle Pfeiffer Joins the Cast in Ant-Man and The Wasp
Michelle Pfeiffer has entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Announced during the Marvel Studios panel Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con, the Batman Returns star is trading in her shiny catsuit and whip for a high tech wasp outfit (possibly) as Janet van Dyne in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Janet is the mother of Evangeline Lily’s Hope van Dyne. She was a brilliant scientist in her own right and often worked alongside her husband, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Together, they worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. as the original Ant-Man and Wasp. It was revealed that she vanished into the Quantum Realm after shrinking down to subatomic size while disarming a bomb that would have killed millions. By the end of the 2015 film, Hope was given an updated version of her mother’s suit. “About damn time.”
We don’t know in what capacity Janet will return to the MCU, but it stands to reason that she’ll finally find her way out the of Quantum Realm. If Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was able to figure it out when he was trapped in there, then she’d be able to as well.
Marvel Studios announced more additions to the cast as well. Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys) will be playing a character called Ghost. Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) will play as the Sonny Burch. In the comics, he is the chairman of Cross Technologies. If that name sounds familiar, it should. Cross Tech was owned and run by Darren Cross, who was played by Corey Stoll in the first film. Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) will play as the agent Jimmy Woo. In the comics, Woo works for S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury (played Samuel L. Jackson in the films).
Finally, Laurence Fishburne, who is also the new iteration of Perry White in the DC Extended Universe, is set to play biochemist Dr. Bill Foster. In the comics, Foster is also known as the superhero Black Goliath, or Giant-Man. Using a chemical containing Pym particles, Foster is able to “increase his size and mass to a gigantic size by psionically drawing extra mass from an extra-dimensional source while gaining superhuman strength in proportion to his height.”
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp will premiere on July 6, 2018, two months after Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters.