I was partners with Hank on a project called G.O.L.I.A.T.H..
~ Foster talking about his former partnership with Hank Pym.

William Barrett "Bill" Foster is a major antagonist in the 2018 superhero film sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. He is a former colleague of Hank Pym and the surrogate father of Ghost.

He was portrayed by Laurence Fishburne, who also played Jimmy Jump in New Jack City, Noland in Predators, Thrax in Osmosis Jones, Omar in Ride Along, and Sade in Standoff.



Bill was a biochemist who was a former colleague of Hank Pym, having worked alongside him with Project G. O. L. I. A. T. H.. At some point in time, he was introduced to a young Ava Starr, who had lost her parents when her father Elihas Starr attempted to continue his experiment in spite of being discredited by Hank for stealing his particles. Ava survived the explosion, but her body cells were gravely split in half, giving her the ability to phase through objects, but at the cost of her slowly dying because of it. Bill had since become a surrogate father for her and had spent a duration of his life finding a cure for her condition.

Bill was able to build a special chamber that feeds quantum energy into Ava to somewhat stabilize her molecules and keep her solid. However, Bill discovered that Ava's illness will continue to worsen over time and the chamber can only do so much to slow down her imminent death, forcing the two to look for more drastic measures to save Ava.

Meeting Ant-Man and the Wasp

Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym visit Bill looking for assistance to find Pym's portable lab which Ghost stole. Bill remains antagonistic towards Hank but offers some advice to track down the lab. The three were captured by Ghost, and Bill reveals himself to be working with her. The two plan to use the Quantum Tunnel in the lab to extract quantum energy directly from Janet so Ava can be stabilized, however, the process will most likely kill Janet. Bill is willing to take that risk as he still cares for Ava. Despite being more than willing to steal his former colleague's technology, he immediately berates Ava on her suggestion to abduct Scott's daughter Cassie.

As Lang and Hope were forced to fight off Sonny Burch and his men from stealing the lab, Ava successfully recaptures the lab and begins to perform the experiment on herself. When Bill attempts to speak her out of this, Ava rashly throws him across the room. While Ant-Man and the Wasp fight Ghost, Hank Pym confronts Bill and forces him to retreat, though he also promises to save Ava's life once Janet is rescued. Bill cautiously decides to trust Hank and leaves the shrinking lab as Hank takes the ship into the Quantum Realm.

Pym and Janet return from the Quantum Realm, and Janet heals Ava's ailment by giving her some of her quantum energy. As Ava was attempting to escape, she suggests to Bill that he leave her because he hadn't committed any crimes she had done through S. H. I. E. L. D., but Bill refuses to leave her side as he still cares for her. The two embrace before they both escape the authorities. Though it would have seemed that Bill has achieved his intent in curing Ava, it turns out that the cure is temporary as Lang and the Pym family are working on the quantum realm to find a more permanent solution for Ava's condition.


Despite allying with the villainous Ava, who he deeply loved and considered a daughter to the point of tolerating her ruthlessness, Foster in contrast is a good-hearted and kind and affectionate man who regretted the violence that had to be done to save his daughter and he was quick to befriend Ant-Man, treating him kindly even when he had him captured and allowing him to communicate with Cassie and even with Scott foiling Ava's restoration, Foster refused without hesitation to get Cassie involved, threatening abandoning his contribution if Ava even laid a hand on her, and despite his distaste of Hank, was on good terms with Janet, having outright stated he warned Janet against tangling with Hank and regretting his failure that caused her to be trapped in the Quantum Realm and Foster also took the time to find ways to extract her energy without killing her and even hesitated at the end of it to fully extract her Quantum Energies, believing it would kill her. Additionally, even with all his resentment towards Pym, Foster never wanted him dead and protected him from Ava's wrath and was concerned when he feigned a heart attack, showing that regardless of all of their past, his friendship with Hank wasn't completely gone yet. They ultimately achieved a reconciliation of sorts, with Foster trusting Hank to uphold his word on finding a way to save Ava and sincerely wished him good luck.


  • Genius Scientific Intellect/Master Engineer: An exceptionally intelligent scientist on the same level as Hank Pym, with Hank considering him his rival, Foster has a solid quantum technology background, having worked along with Hank and Janet when they were in SHIELD as one of it's foremost scientists, and likewise extremely knowledgeable and adept in quantum lore and other fields of science, being a well-regarded professor of Berkeley University after SHIELD's collapse, teaching Biochemistry and Quantum Science. He along with Hank were able to succeed in Project GOLIATH, with Foster growing 20 feet. Foster was also able to quickly completely analyze Ava's problems as being Quantum Instability and likewise able to build means to help her slow it's process, building her Ghost suit for more refined control over her powers and slight pain reducing and Quantum Energy Chamber to momentarily stabilize Ava. Though he could not devise a means to cure her on his own, Foster was scientifically competent enough to correctly deduce that sufficient amounts of Quantum Energies could fix her and was able to develop the equipment to connect the Chamber to the Quantum Tunnel to harness Janet's energies, which would have worked had Ava not been stopped. Foster was also able to give correct assistance to Hank to track down his lab by using one of his suit's regulators.


  • In the original comics, Bill was a superhero known as Goliath, who had the power to grow large in size (which is referenced through his mentioning of Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H., and how he had grown up to twenty-one feet in length).


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Iron Man
Iron Monger | William Ginter Riva
Ten Rings: Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar | Abu Bakaar | Ahmed | Omar
The Incredible Hulk
Strategic Operations Command Center: Abomination | Thunderbolt Ross | Kathleen Sparr
Others: Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Iron Man 2
Hammer Industries: Justin Hammer | Jack | Hammer Drones
Ten Rings: Ten Rings Agent
Others: Senator Stern | Anton Vanko
Loki Laufeyson | The Destroyer
Frost Giants: Laufey | Grundroth | Hailstrum | Raze | Jotunheim Beast
Others: Jasper Sitwell
Captain America: The First Avenger
HYDRA: Red Skull | Arnim Zola | Heinz Kruger | HYDRA Lieutenant | Velt
Nazis: Adolf Hitler | Roeder | Hutter | Schneider
The Avengers
Loki Laufeyson
Chitauri: The Other | Leviathans
HYDRA: Gideon Malick | Jasper Sitwell
Others: Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Iron Man 3
A.I.M.: Aldrich Killian | Eric Savin | Trevor Slattery | Ellen Brandt | Sweat Shop Agent | Ponytail Express | Maya Hansen | Extremis Soldiers
Others: Vice President Rodriguez
Thor: The Dark World
Dark Elves: Malekith the Accursed | Kurse the Strong
Marauders: Duhg | Kronan Marauder
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Jotunheim Beast | The Collector
All Hail the King
Inmates: Trevor Slattery | Herman | White Power Dave
Ten Rings: Jackson Norriss | The Mandarin
Others: Justin Hammer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
HYDRA/STRIKE: Alexander Pierce | Winter Soldier | Brock Rumlow | Jack Rollins | Jasper Sitwell | Russo | Senator Stern | Arnim Zola | Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Scarlet Witch | Quicksilver
Others: Georges Batroc | Ferdinand Lopez | Gerald Durand
Guardians of the Galaxy
Kree Empire: Ronan the Accuser | Nebula, Korath the Pursuer | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Exolon Monks
Yondu Ravager Clan: Yondu Udonta | Kraglin Obfonteri | Horuz | Vorker
Chitauri: The Other
Others: Garthan Saal | Eson the Searcher | Moloka Dar | Monstrous Inmate | The Collector | Dark Elf | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ultron | Ultron Sentinels
HYDRA: Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Scarlet Witch | Quicksilver
Chitauri: Leviathans
Ulysses Klaue | Madame B | Thanos
HYDRA/Ten Rings: Mitchell Carson | HYDRA Buyer
Others: Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
Helmut Zemo
HYDRA: Vasily Karpov | Josef | Winter Soldiers
Hero Mercs: Crossbones
Others: Thunderbolt Ross | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch
Doctor Strange
Zealots: Kaecilius | Lucian
Others: Karl Mordo | Dormammu
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Sovereign: Ayesha | Sovereign Admiral | Zylak | Sovereign Chambermaid
Yondu Ravager Clan: Yondu Udonta | Kraglin Obfonteri | Tullk | Oblo | Taserface | Gef | Retch | Halfnut | Brahl | Vorker | Narblik | Huhtar
Others: Nebula | Abilisk | The Grandmaster | Thanos
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Bestman Salvage: Vulture | Tinkerer | Shocker #1 | Shocker #2 | Randy Vale
Others: Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Thor: Ragnarok
Berserker Army: Hela Odinsdottir | Skurge | Fenris Wolf
Sakaaran Guards: The Grandmaster | Topaz
Fire Demons: Surtur | Fire Dragon
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Thanos
Black Panther
Erik Killmonger | Ulysses Klaue | W'Kabi | Linbani | Linda | Dave
Sambisan Militants: Sambisan Captain
Others: M'Baku | Winter Soldier | Helmut Zemo | N'Jobu
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Order: Thanos | Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian | Nebula | Outriders | Chitauri | Leviathans
Others: Red Skull | The Collector | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Thunderbolt Ross
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ghost | Sonny Burch | Bill Foster | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz | Elihas Starr | Thanos
Captain Marvel
Kree Empire/Starforce: Supreme Intelligence | Yon-Rogg | Korath the Pursuer | Minn-Erva | Att-lass | Bron-Char | Ronan the Accuser | Soh-Larr
Skrulls: Talos | Norex
Others: Thanos
Avengers: Endgame
Black Order: Thanos | Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian | Nebula | Outriders | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Chitauri | Leviathans | Chitauri Gorillas
HYDRA/STRIKE: Red Skull | Alexander Pierce | Crossbones | Jasper Sitwell | Jack Rollins
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Kraglin Obfonteri | Dark Elves | Thunderbolt Ross | Akihiko
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Mysterio | William Ginter Riva | Victoria Snow | Gutes Guterman | Janice Lincoln | Doug
Elementals: Molten Man | Hydro-Man | Sandman | Cyclone | Elemental Fusion
Skrulls: Talos
Others: Obadiah Stane | J. Jonah Jameson

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1)
HYDRA/Centipede Group: John Garrett | Grant Ward | Ian Quinn | Raina | Edison Po | Jasper Sitwell | Deathlok | Debbie | Vanchat | Scorch | Kaminsky
Others: Camilla Reyes | Franklin Hall | Blizzard | Lorelei | Marcus Daniels | Christian Ward | Jakob Nystrom
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2)
HYDRA: Daniel Whitehall | Grant Ward | Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Sunil Bakshi | Absorbing Man | Agent 33 | Blizzard | Kebo
Others: Jiaying | Gordon | Calvin L. Johnson | Raina | Alisha Whitley | Lash | Vin-Tak | Katya Belyakov | Christian Ward
Agent Carter (Season 1)
Johann Fennhoff | Dottie Underwood
Daredevil (Season 1)
Kingpin | James Wesley | Leland Owlsley | Vanessa Marianna | Turk Barrett | Bill Fisk
The Hand: Madame Gao | Nobu Yoshioka
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 3)
HYDRA: Hive | Grant Ward | Gideon Malick | Kebo | Werner von Strucker | Giyera | Lucio | Hellfire | Alisha Whitley | Primitives
Watchdogs: Felix Blake | Holden Radcliffe | Aida
Others: Lash | Absorbing Man
Agent Carter (Season 2)
Whitney Frost | Dottie Underwood
Jessica Jones (Season 1)
Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2)
Nobu Yoshioka
The Hand: Madame Gao
Others: Punisher | Elektra Natchios | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Kingpin
Luke Cage (Season 1)
Diamondback | Cottonmouth | Black Mariah | Shades | Turk Barrett
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 4)
Eli Morrow | Holden Radcliffe | Aida | Lucy Bauer
Watchdogs: Anton Ivanov | Tucker Shockley | Ellen Nadeer | Hellfire
HYDRA: Dr. Leopold Fitz | Alistair Fitz
Iron Fist (Season 1): Harold Meachum
The Hand: Madame Gao | Bakuto
Others: Jim Pierce
The Defenders
The Hand: Alexandra Reid | Elektra Natchios | Madame Gao | Bakuto | Murakami | Sowande
Others: Turk Barrett
The Punisher (Season 1)
Punisher | Agent Orange | Jigsaw | Lewis Wilson | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Tony Gnucci | Lance | Paulie | Leo
The Pride: Geoffrey Wilder
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5)
Kree Empire: Kasius | Sinara | Faulnak | Vicar | Tye
HYDRA: General Hale | Ruby Hale | Qovas | Werner von Strucker | Anton Ivanov | Absorbing Man | Dr. Leopold Fitz
Others: Grill | Samuel Voss | Graviton | Thanos
Jessica Jones (Season 2)
Alisa Jones | Karl Malus | Pryce Cheng | Dorothy Walker | Turk Barrett
Cloak and Dagger (Season 1)
Roxxon Corporation: Peter Scarborough | Terrors
Others: Detective Connors
Luke Cage (Season 2)
Black Mariah | Bushmaster | Shades | Turk Barrett
Iron Fist (Season 2)
Steel Serpent | Typhoid Mary | Turk Barrett
Daredevil (Season 3)
Kingpin | Bullseye | Vanessa Marianna
The Punisher (Season 2)
Punisher | Anderson Schultz | John Pilgrim | Jigsaw | Eliza Schultz | Krista Dumont | Turk Barrett
Cloak & Dagger (Season 2)
D'Spayre | Mayhem | Detective Connors
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6)
Sarge's Squad: Sarge | Snowflake | Jaco | Pax
Others: Shrike | Malachi | Atarah | Dr. Leopold Fitz
Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Trish Walker | Gregory Sallinger | Dorothy Walker

See Also
Iron Man Villains | Hulk Villains | Thor Villains | Captain America Villains | Avengers Villains | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Villains | Guardians of the Galaxy Villains | Ant-Man Villains | Doctor Strange Villains | Spider-Man Villains | Black Panther Villains | Captain Marvel Villains | Daredevil Villains | Punisher Villains | Jessica Jones Villains | Luke Cage Villains | Iron Fist Villains | Defenders Villains | Cloak & Dagger Villains | Inhumans Villains

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Absorbing Man | A.I.M. | Blizzard | Crossfire | Darren Cross | Egghead | Equinox | HYDRA | Mister Hyde | Power Broker | Radioactive Man | Roxxon Energy Corporation | Taskmaster | Ultron | Whirlwind

Ant-Man: Yellowjacket | HYDRA/Ten Rings (Mitchell Carson & HYDRA Buyer) | Winter Soldier
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ghost | Sonny Burch | Bill Foster | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz | Elihas Starr | Thanos

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