Ant-Man And The Wasp May Have Snuck In A Classic Marvel Villain

Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a crazy place, and with Avengers: Infinity War still fresh in a lot of people's minds, the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp might seem tame by comparison. Nevertheless, Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne will have a lot on their plate in the upcoming sequel, which will include battling villains like Ghost and Sonny Burch. However, with just two weeks left to go until Ant-Man and the Wasp's release, it's being reported that another villain from the comics has been snuck into the movie: Elihas Starr, better known as Egghead (not to be confused with the same-named villain played by Vincent Price on the Batman TV series).

Take this information with a grain of salt for now, but the folks over at Stitch Kingdom have posted an Ant-Man and the Wasp cast list, and in it, Fringe actor Michael Cerveris is listed as playing Elihas Starr. Introduced in 1962's Tales to Astonish #38 (only three issues after Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, debuted), Elihas Starr was originally an atomic scientist with a head shaped like, you guessed it, an egg. After being fired for espionage, he turned to a life of crime, only to be defeated time and time again by Ant-Man. He also killed the brother of Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, and in the end, the archer was responsible for Egghead's death, albeit by accident. In addition to playing The Observer, a.k.a. September, on Fringe, Cerveris' other notable roles include Marvin Frey on Treme, James Castro on The Good Wife, Ramses IV on The Tick and Professor Pyg on Gotham.

Egghead from comics and Michael Cerveris

Even though Egghead is one of Ant-Man's oldest opponents, it's possible Ant-Man and the Wasp, if he is indeed appearing, he won't be serving in a villainous capacity. There's a chance he might end up being a minion for either Ghost or Sonny Burch, but I suspect he was thrown in as one of the movie's minor players. Well, that and double as an Easter egg, as you can bet there will be some longtime Marvel Comics fans who will perk up upon hearing the name Elihas Starr. Given his scientific background, I wouldn't be surprised if he's working alongside either Hank Pym or Bill Foster. It's also worth mentioning that NCIS: New Orleans actress Riann Steele is listed as playing Catherine Starr. She's not from the comics, but presumably she's Elihas' wife.

Ant-Man and the Wasp buzzes into theaters on July 6, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates about the movie. In the meantime, don't forget to look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else is in development for the MCU, as well as our 2018 release schedule to learn what movies are coming out later this year.

Adam Holmes
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