The big change Marvel made for the new ‘Ant-Man’ villain

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In 2015’s “Ant-Man” the shrinking superhero (played by Paul Rudd) took down the shrinking bad guy, Yellow jacket. But as the hero returns for the sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in theaters Friday, he’s up against a foe less obviously connected to the world of insects. After director Peyton Reed who also helmed the first movie waded through what he calls “gigantic tomes of all the Marvel characters” searching for a new antagonist, he and his team decided on a character named Ghost.

Here, Reed breaks down everything you need to know about the Marvel franchise’s new villain.

The big change

Early on, Reed knew the baddie would be significantly different from what was depicted in the comic books, where Ghost first appeared in an “Iron Man” issue in 1987. For the first time, the character would be female. “There was no compelling reason why this character had to be a man,” Reed tells The Post. Making Ghost a woman also tied into the movie’s theme. “Both the original ‘Ant-Man’ and this movie [are] really about fathers and daughters,” the director says, citing Ant-Man alter ego Scott Lang’s bond with the young Cassie, as well as mentor Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) relationship with Hope (Evangeline Lilly). A father figure for Ghost plays an important part in the film.

The actress

To add to Ghost’s enigmatic nature, Reed sought an actress who wouldn’t be instantly recognizable to audiences. The filmmakers landed on British import Hannah John-Kamen, who stars on the SyFy series “Killjoys” and has appeared on “Black Mirror” and on the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” as Ornela. “You can’t quite pin Hannah down in terms of where she’s from,” says Reed. “She had these amazing eyes and just had a very striking look that felt mysterious.”

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