In the upcoming Marvel movie Ant-Man and the Wasp, viewers will be introduced to Bill Foster played by Laurence Fishburne. Bill was a partner of Hank Pym‘s who worked on a secret project named Goliath. However this is not the first time that the name Goliath has been stated within the MCU.
In a blink and you’ll miss it scene in Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is desperately trying to search for a new element that will help him be cured of the poisoning he is receiving in his blood thanks to his arc-reactor, this is when Tony comes to realise that his father actually discovered a new element decades before. JARVIS wanted to run a test simulation however in typical Stark fashion, he is confident it will work without that. Tony then goes to take a shower and he asks JARVIS to pull up information on projects known as ‘Pegasus’, ‘Exodus’ and ‘Goliath’. So even back in 2010, it seems like Marvel were subtly planting seeds that would grow into something else later on down the road. Also as we saw in the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym knew Howard Stark so it is not implausible that Howard would know about some of Hank’s other projects.
If we then look at the ending of the second trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, we see Laurence Fishburne discussing the project known as Goliath with Scott and Hope, stating that when he was working with Hank, he was able to grow to 21ft. This leads to a pretty amusing joke about male genitals, but with all that aside it did confirm that Laurence Fishburne will be playing the infamous Marvel Comics character Bill Foster a.k.a: Goliath. As screenrant wrote in their article: it would make sense that Tony would want to look up Hank’s projects as he was looking for a new element and exploit it’s uses, this would likely involve the examination of particular particles, such as Pym Particles.
We can look back at the history of the MCU to uncover what really happened here. It is likely that Hank and Howard both worked together on the Goliath project without notifying SHIELD in order to keep things air tight. This would explain why there is information on the project in Tony’s ‘Oracle Grid’, which is why Tony was able to get JARVIS to pull up some information regarding it. We can also infer that there must have been a falling out at some stage as it would set up the conflict we see in the Ant-Man flashbacks where there is clearly some tension between Stark and Pym, with Hank refusing to interact with him and other higher ups at SHIELD. Maybe this was why Howard was able to start work on this new element and all he needed was the last little element, the Pym Particles, but Hank would not allow it.
You have got to love Marvel putting in all of these little subtle easter eggs and references within their films. They may not become anything anytime soon, but you know they will come to fruition at some point in the future. It is likely that this was simply a Marvel Comic’s easter egg that was thrown in for the fans, however the fact that Bill Foster now exists in the MCU, and all of the history between Hank and Howard has been established, it all lines up perfectly regardless. Either way we are very excited to see Laurence Fishburne enter the fray as Bill Foster when Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theatres July 6th.