Earlier today, I posted the latest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp – the next Marvel Studios movie. If you’ve not checked out the trailer yet, then I’ve inserted here for your reference.

Of course, if you have watched the trailer and you’re reading this particular post then you’re probably asking yourself the question: Who is Laurence Fishburne playing in Ant-Man and the Wasp? Hopefully this post will fill you in.

To recap (for those who didn’t just re-watch the trailer): Towards the end of the trailer, actor Laurence Fishburne pops up to explain that he once worked with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas’ character) on a project called Goliath. As the scene plays out, Fishburne mentions that as part of the project he had previously grown in size, similar to how Ant-Man grew in size to become Giant-Man (as seen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War).

So who is Laurence Fishburne playing and what is project Goliath?

Bill Foster

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Laurence Fishburne is playing a character called Bill Foster – a former colleague of Hank Pym. In the comics, Bill Foster is better known as the size-altering super hero, Black Goliath.

Black Goliath’s powers include super strength and size manipulation – similar to Giant-Man’s attributes. In fact, Black Goliath and Giant-Man are very closely linked, not only through powers but also through Foster himself.

In the comics, as well as taking on the role of Black Goliath, Foster has previously adopted the guise of Giant-Man (the second Giant-Man, after Hank Pym). It gets a little complicated, but in total, Foster has taken on the role of Black Goliath, Giant-Man and Goliath and they all have pretty much the same attributes as each other – size manipulation.

What is Project Goliath?

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would appear that Hank Pym ran a project known as ‘Goliath’. As with his Ant-Man suit, Project Goliath is connected to size manipulation.

Project Goliath is presumably a nod to Foster’s comic book alter-ego, as well as a reference to all of the size-altering superheros that have been connected to Hank Pym. To date there have been five characters who have used the alias of Goliath, including Hank Pym, Bill Foster, Tom Foster, Erik Josten and Clint Barton – who is perhaps better known as Hawkeye.

It is unclear how Bill Foster will fit into the story of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but his history with Hank Pym suggests we will learn a little more about Pym’s past and the size-altering technology he has developed. For further clarification we’ll have to wait until the movie hits cinemas in August (July in the US).