Bill Murray Provides a Puzzling Update On His Ant-Man 3 Error
Bill Murray provides a mysterious update on his Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania gaffe, in which he revealed he had been cast in the film.
Bill Murray provides an enigmatic update on his Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania gaffe, in which he revealed he had been cast in the film. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily will reprise their roles as the titular heroes, alongside Michael Douglas as original Ant-Man and physicist Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as original Wasp Janet Van Dyne, in the third instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kathryn Newton will make her MCU debut as Scott’s daughter Cassie, who was previously played by Abby Ryder Forston in the first two Ant-Man films and Emma Fuhrmann in Avengers: Endgame, as well as Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, who made his pseudo debut in Loki.
The plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is being kept mostly under wraps, with the exception of the confirmation that Kang the Conqueror will serve as the main antagonist and will be the next MCU cross-movie villain as the franchise expands into the worlds of time travel and multiverse chaos. Peyton Reed returns to direct the film, which has a script written by Rick and Morty alum Jeff Loveness. While production is currently halted due to the pandemic affecting Pinewood Studios productions, the cast appears to have recently expanded with the addition of an iconic star, though he isn’t ready to discuss it just yet.
Murray was speaking with Jimmy Kimmel Live about his role in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch when the conversation turned to his recent revelation of being cast in a Marvel film, presumably Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Murray backed down from his previous statement, saying he couldn’t talk about the movie and instead listing the cast members, joking that he’d tell his foreign translators present in the interview that he’d spill all the beans to them later. Here’s what Murray had to say:
“I’m not supposed to, I’m not supposed to say — they’re making a movie. It has Paul Rudd, he plays Ant-Man, there’s Evangeline Lily playing the Wasp and Michael Douglas, I forget what his name is in the movie, and Michelle Pfeiffer, they’re all in the movie. But I am not at liberty to talk about it.”
Murray’s oath of silence on his rumoured Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania casting isn’t surprising, given Marvel Studios’ notorious secrecy, but it’s worth noting that the Oscar nominee doesn’t retract his previous comments. It’s also worth noting that Kimmel alluded to a possible casting hint from Reed earlier this year, when he mentioned Murray’s performance as the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch for a radio show prior to his time on Saturday Night Live. Though the post was timed to coincide with the release of Groundhog Day and Murray’s iconic film of the same name, it appears to be a foreshadowing of Murray’s casting.
Murray’s appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania would be a charming callback to Garrett Morris’ Saturday Night Live cameo in the first film, in which he played the Marvel hero in a sketch on the show. Murray’s character is unknown, owing to the fact that when he shot his footage was unknown, and the film’s multiple locations gave Murray a wide range of options. When Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theatres on July 28, 2023, only time will tell.