I attended the #AntmanAndTheWaspEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 5/23-5/25. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
Hannah John-Kamen plays plays a female Ghost in the new Marvel film, Ant-Man And The Wasp. Antman And The Wasp is playing in theaters NOW!
Hannah John-Kamen plays Ghost, traditionally a male villain in the comics, in the new Marvel film Antman And The Wasp. When I first heard about a female playing the Ghost role, I was all like “Go Girl Power!” After screening the movie and witnessing the phenomenal job Hannah did with the character, I could not wait to interview her. She took Ghost and made her a villain you root for, a villain is could totally be redeemable.
Hannah John-Kamen walked into the interview room for the Antman And The Wasp press junket with a huge smile on her face! it was apparent she was extremely excited to be a part of the film, so it was only fitting the interview began with asking her how she felt joining the “Marvel family”?
“Oh, my goodness, it’s amazing. I was so excited to join the Marvel Universe, but it was also daunting. It’s overwhelming. It’s a huge responsibility to take this amazing character off the comic book page and be the first person to introduce it into an incredible movie with incredible cast members. They are legends.“
Hannah was not aware Ghost in the comic books was a male villain, she did not find out until she Googled the character.
“I remember my agents then telling me, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s a man and they’re going a whole different way.’ And I was like great! To have a male character and be the first person to lift it off the page and give her life and, and make her a strong, badass woman is so important and progressive. And also like with the character in the comic books, Ghost didn’t have a whole lot of backstory either. That was really great, because we really have the freedom to create this character and find out who she is.“
Like I said earlier, Hannah John-Kamen is incredible in her role as Ghost. She brings humanity to the villain Ghost and really has you rooting for her to choose good but at the same time you can see the pain and rage inside her. How does Hannah channel that rage?
“It’s the words. It’s the scene; my scene partner. The whole situation. The stakes are so high. And I think that’s what Peyton has done an amazing job of. He guides you so well. And with this film, you’ve got that balance between, romance, fatherhood, parenthood, action, high-octane drama. He taps your funny bone. It’s hilarious. But then also it’s heartbreaking. As an audience member, you’re kind of jumping between the two. And it’s amazing. To channel that absolute serious objective that my character has in the movie was a continuity from beginning to end.”
And while I keep bringing up the subject of her character being redeemable, because it was pretty much left unanswered in the film, we wanted to get Hannahs thoughts on the subject.
“I think everyone’s redeemable. I really do. I think Marvel does that genius job with the villainous characters to really not make it black and white. They make it gray. They make it like you kinda feel sorry for them. You’re kind of on their side. You kind of confuse yourself as an audience member and go, hold on a minute. Why am I rooting for this person? I approached the character as if she’s the good guy and through my eyes, she’s the good guy. Through the protagonist side, yes she’s the bad guy. But in my mind, she’s got her objective. The stakes are really high. But in the Marvel Universe anything’s possible.“
With Antman And The Wasp having the first female title character in a Marvel film and a female villain, Hannah John-Kamen is very aware of the importance of this and the importance this will be for young female fans.
“I want them [young girls] to come away and just basically go, ‘Yeah!’, with me and Evangeline, I want young girls to go, ‘Yeah,we can be badass!’ And I want them to have our action figurines and actually play with them and go ‘Do you know what? I can be strong just like they are.’“