Will Laurence Fishburne Become Black Goliath In ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’?

Laurence Fishburne is playing a major ‘Ant-Man’ supporting character, Bill Foster, in the sequel ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’.  In the comics, Foster was one of Hank Pym’s fellow scientists who replicated Pym’s size-changing powers to become the superhero Black Goliath.  We do know that Fishburne’s Foster worked at something called Project: Goliath and that resulted in him gaining growing powers, although not as drastic as those displayed by Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in the movies.

But the timeline of the movies is much different than that in the comics.  Essentially, our Ant-Man is Scott Lang, while our Wasp is Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). We know that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) operated as a prototypical version as the duo in the past, but those days are behind them.  And considering that Fishburne is 56 years-old, it would be natural to assume that whatever exploits he had with Project: Goliath, are probably also in the past.  Or are they?

Executive producer Stephen Broussard discussed Fishburne’s role in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, saying:

“He’s Dr. Bill Foster, the classic guy from the books and this version of him in the MCU is a colleague of Hank’s that they used to work together and perhaps had a falling out, but in a time of need, in this movie, he’s gotta go — Hank has to return to him and ask him for help.”

Of course, Broussard wasn’t completely forthcoming when asked if viewers would see Fishburne in his own Goliath suit:

“Maybe. The idea would be that perhaps they had worked together in the past on a lot of projects including some of the shrinking and growing tech. How that plays into this story, I think we’d rather leave unsaid for the moment.”

Obviously, Broussard can’t divulge too much, but honestly, let’s just take that as a really wordy “no.”  Despite Fishburne’s action hero past (‘The Matrix’ trilogy), he is probably not looking to take on such a physical role as a mainstream Marvel hero and if Marvel wanted a Black Goliath (or just plain Goliath or Giant-Man), they’d have sought out a younger actor that they could reuse in at least three or four movies.  But with Rudd’s Ant-Man and now The Wasp, in play, there’s really no need for another size-changing hero.

Maybe a few years down the line, after Rudd is ready to walk away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Goliath/Goliath/Giant-Man’s time will come.

Directed by Peyton Reed, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hannah John-Kamen, David Dastmalchian, Laurence Fishburne, Abby Ryder Fortson, Walton Goggins, Judy Greer, Joshua Mikel, Randall Park, Michael Peña and T.I. with Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer, and opens on July 6, 2018.

Source: Screen Rant

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.