Bill Foster Coming to the MCU
Updated: Jul 7, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp is almost here, and it's going to bring some brand new characters to the MCU. But there's one that I want to focus on, and that's Laurence Fishburne's Bill Foster.
Dr. Bill Foster was Hank Pym's brilliant lab assistant long before he became a superhero; but once he suited up, he went by many names (Goliath, Black Goliath, Giant-Man). Other than his intellect, his physical superpower was similar to Ant-Man's in that he had the ability to manipulate size and mass.
He's best known to comic fans as Goliath. In the recent Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer, we hear The Goliath Project referenced. This tells me that we may not see Laurence Fishburne actually suit up as any of his superhero aliases. Given his age, I have a feeling his super-powered days are behind him, much like Pym's are.
Of course, I'd love to see Goliath in action. He'd be a perfect fit in the Ant-Man movie franchise. Maybe some flashbacks of Pym, Janet van Dyne and Foster in their younger days? Who doesn't want to see that?
My biggest memory of Foster from the comics is his death in Civil War. It was a driving force that brought some heroes previously on the fence over to the anti-registration resistance. I'm hoping his death isn't brought in anytime soon; the MCU could stand to benefit from such a character and talent.
Laurence Fishburne is a great actor and I'm excited that he's joining the MCU, especially in bringing such a wonderful, under-exposed character and one of Marvel's first black heroes to the screen. He already plays Perry White in the DCEU, but he'll now have the distinction of taking part in both the MCU and the DCEU. What's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing.