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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Ghost from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. The mainstream version can be found here: Ghost (Marvel).

Nothing can prepare you for what's coming.
~ Ghost to Ant-Man and Wasp.

Ava Starr, better known as Ghost, is the main antagonist of the 2018 Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp, and will return in some capacity in its upcoming 2023 threequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.


She is a young woman with the ability to phase and bypass through solid objects due to an overexposure to Quantum energy in a failed experiment. However, her mutation is also a disease that is slowly killing her.

She was portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen, who also played F’Nale Zandor in Ready Player One. As a child, she was portrayed by RaeLynn Bratten.

Appearance

Ava Starr is a tall, slim woman with curly brown hair with a tan-skinned tone and green eyes. 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.

Biography

Ava as a child.

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 Burch's restaurant after Hope successfully defeats Burch'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 father was once a colleague of Hank Pym but was fired alongside Bill, prompting him to run a quantum test that failed and caused an explosion that killed Ava's parents and mutated her molecular structure, giving her the ability to phase through matter and become invisible. For years S.H.I.E.L.D. used Ava as a stealth assassin in exchange of researching a possible cure or her, during which they developed the Ghost Suit which gives Ava some degree of control over her abilities.

However, Bill discovered that Ava's powers are actually a deadly disease that will kill her. Foster built a cabin that feeds quantum energy into Ava to stabilize her, but Ava's condition will only worsen over time and the cabin can only do so much to delay the symptoms. Ava and Bill plan to cure her using the quantum machine (with Bill's help) to extract quantum energy directly from Janet. 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 sell 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 decided to work more on the quantum energy in an effort to find a permanent cure for Ava.

Personality

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. As Ava's condition worsens, she continuously becomes more desperate to find a cure and scared of death, acting out of impulse and not caring if saving her life implies killing others. Due to her extreme condition, Ava was willing to do anything that could help find a cure for her, even attempting to coerce Lang to help him out by threatening to kidnap his daughter Cassie and attacking her surrogate father.

Despite this, Ava does seem to care for her surrogate father Bill, even warning him 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.

Relationships

Family

Friends

Enemies

Gallery

Quotes

I doubt Hank have ever mentioned my father. Why would he? Elihas Starr. They were colleagues at SHIELD. Quantum research. Until my father dared to disagree with the great Hank Pym. You had him fired. Oh, and discredited for good measure. My father tried to continue his research on his own. Desperate to restore his name, so he took risks. Too many. Until something went wrong. He told us to run. I didn't want him to be alone. When I woke up, my parents were dead. I wasn't so lucky. They call it "Molecular Disequilibrium." A rather dull name, I think. Doesn't quite do justice to what it means. Every cell, in my body, is torn apart and stitched back together. Dr. Foster did his best to keep me safe. But others at SHIELD saw an opportunity in my affliction. They built me a containment suit so I can control my phasing. And trained me to be a stealth operative. They weaponized me. I stole for them, spied for them, I killed for them. And in exchange for my soul, they were going to cure me. They lied.
~ Ghost explains her story to Hank, Hope and Scott.
NO!
~ Ghost upon discovering Ant-Man about to disconnect her extraction machine from the Quantum Tunnel.

Trivia

  • 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 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. The difference is that Ava redeems herself after Janet cures her and she is still alive whereas Hela remains evil to the end and dies.
  • 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 is one of the eight villains of the MCU to actually succeed in her plans, as she managed to obtain quantum energy to cure herself of her disease. The other seven are Loki Laufeyson (who has managed to take control of Asgard for himself in Thor: The Dark World), Baron Zemo (who has managed to split the Avengers apart to avenge his family's demise in Captain America: Civil War), Surtur (who has managed to destroy Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok), Erik Killmonger (who managed to get Wakanda to distribute the Vibranium around the world to help people in Black Panther), Thanos (who has managed to collect the Infinity Stones to wipe out half of the universe's populace in Avengers: Infinity War), and Mysterio (who has managed to frame Spider Man as his murderer and expose his true identity to the world in Spider-Man: Far from Home), Flag-Smasher (who managed to stop the Global Repatriation Council from relocating of millions of people in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), and Kang (who managed to return on numerous different timelines and founded a new version of the TVA after Sylvie killed his variant He Who Remains and freed the Sacred Timeline in Loki). Although she succeeded, she turned good as a result.
  • 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.
  • Ghost's fate remains unknown after Ant Man & The Wasp after Thanos erased half of all life in the universe. Even if she was spared from the Snap, she would've ended up dying due to Scott being unable to return from the Quantum Realm.
    • However, it might imply to she might still be alive, as actress Hannah John Kamen confirmed that she is still alive.

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Movies
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
Whiplash
Hammer Industries: Justin Hammer | Jack | Hammer Drones
Ten Rings: Ten Rings Agent
Others: Senator Stern | Anton Vanko
Thor
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
Red Room: Madame B | Black Widows
Chitauri: Leviathans
Others: Ulysses Klaue | Thanos
Ant-Man
Yellowjacket
HYDRA/Ten Rings: Mitchell Carson | HYDRA Buyer
Others: Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
Helmut Zemo
HYDRA: Vasily Karpov | Winter Soldier | Josef | Winter Soldiers
Hero Mercs: Crossbones
Others: Thunderbolt Ross | Scarlet Witch
Doctor Strange
Zealots: Kaecilius | Lucian Aster
Others: Karl Mordo | Dormammu
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Ego
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 | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz
Others: Bill Foster | Elihas Starr | Thanos
Captain Marvel
Kree Empire/Starforce: Yon-Rogg | Minn-Erva | Korath the Pursuer | Att-lass | Bron-Char | Ronan the Accuser | Soh-Larr | Supreme Intelligence
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 | Loki Laufeyson (Variant L1130)
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Mysterio's Crew: 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
Black Widow
Red Room: General Dreykov | Taskmaster | Black Widows
Others: Thunderbolt Ross | Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Ten Rings: Mandarin | Death Dealer | Razor Fist | Gao Lei
Others: Dweller-In-Darkness | Abomination | Trevor Slattery

Television
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 | Christian Blake | John Healy | 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 | Victor Ramon | Absorbing Man
Agent Carter (Season 2)
Whitney Frost | Dottie Underwood
Jessica Jones (Season 1)
Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2)
The Hand: Nobu Yoshioka | 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
Inhumans
Maximus
The Punisher (Season 1)
Punisher | Agent Orange | Jigsaw | Lewis Wilson | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Morty Bennett | Carson Wolf | Tony Gnucci | Lance | Paulie | Leo
Runaways (Season 1)
The Pride: Jonah | Leslie Dean | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Others: Frank Dean | Darius Davis | Detective Flores
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 | Tammy Hattley | Felix Manning | Rosalie Carbone
Runaways (Season 2)
Magistrate Family: Jonah
The Pride: Leslie Dean | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Others: Frank Dean | Darius Davis | Detective Flores | Topher | Anthony Wall/AWOL
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 | Lia Dewan
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6)
Izel | Shrike
Sarge's Squad: Sarge | Snowflake | Jaco | Pax
Others: Malachi | Atarah | Dr. Leopold Fitz | Id Simmons | Isaiah | Baal-Gad
Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Trish Walker | Gregory Sallinger | Dorothy Walker
Runaways (Season 3)
The Coven: Morgan le Fay | Cassandra | Bronwyn
The Pride: | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Leslie Dean | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Magistrate Family: Jonah
Others: Anthony Wall/AWOL
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 7)
Nathaniel Malick | Sibyl | Luke | Abel | Wilfred Malick | Kora | John Garrett
Helstrom
Marduk Helstrom | Kthara | Basar | Magoth | Raum
WandaVision
Scarlet Witch | Agatha Harkness
Salem Witches Coven: Evanora Harkness
Others: Tyler Hayward | Skrulls
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier | Sharon Carter | Baron Zemo
Flag Smashers: Flag-Smasher | Dovich | Gigi | DeeDee | Lennox | Nico | Matias | Diego
LAF: Georges Batroc | Louie
Others: Senator Atwood | Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Loki (Season 1)
Loki Laufeyson's Variants: Loki Laufeyson (Variant L1130) | Sylvie Laufeydottir | Classic Loki | Kid Loki | Alligator Loki | Boastful Loki | President Loki | Glamshades Loki | Pokey Loki | Bicycle Loki
Time Variance Authority: He Who Remains | Ravonna Renslayer | Miss Minutes | Hunter D-90 | Minuteman 90018371
Others: Alioth
What If...? (Season 1)
Main Antagonists: Infinity Ultron | Red Skull | HYDRA's Champion | The Collector | Yellowjacket | Strange Supreme | Zombies (Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Falcon, Doctor Strange, Wong, Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne, Hope van Dyne, Happy Hogan, Sharon Carter, Scarlet Witch & Thanos) | Vision | Prince Killmonger | Arnim Zola
Others: Arnim Zola | Heinz Kruger | Black Order (Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian) | Ego | Brock Rumlow | Jack Rollins | Loki Laufeyson | Thunderbolt Ross | Whiplash | The Destroyer | Dormammu | Ulysses Klaue | Batroc

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

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Comics
Absorbing Man | A.I.M. | Blizzard | Crossfire | Darren Cross | Egghead | Equinox | Ghost | Grizzly | HYDRA | Kang the Conqueror | M.O.D.A.M. | M.O.D.O.K. | Mister Hyde | Porcupine | Power Broker | Radioactive Man | Roxxon Energy Corporation | Taskmaster | Ultron | Whirlwind

Movies
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

Television
What If...? (Season 1): Yellowjacket | Loki Laufeyson | The Destroyer | Brock Rumlow | Jack Rollins | Thunderbolt Ross | Whiplash

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