Bill Murray Reveals He’s in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”
If Bill Murray gets to play a wacky villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, all will be right in the world. Okay, not all, but you have to love this revelation. While speaking to the German language Faz about Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, Bill Murray casually revealed he’s in Peyton Reed’s upcoming Marvel film. This is the type of news we can use.
Thanks to a translation from Variety, we know that Murray told Faz that while he’s “not interested in these huge comic book adaptations,” he felt differently about the upcoming Ant-Man film because of director Peyton Reed. “I got to know the director — and really liked him very much. He was funny, humble, everything you want from a director.” Murray then added: “The director is a good guy, and now I’ve at least tried out what it’s like to shoot a Marvel movie. But I don’t think I need that experience a second time.”
So who might Murray be playing? There’s a reason to think he could be an old colleague, ally, friend, frenemy, or competitor of Michael Douglas’s Hank Pym. One fun bit of speculation is that Murray could be playing the villain Egghead, the father of Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), the misunderstood villain from Ant-Man and the Wasp. Granted, Egghead is supposedly dead, but, perhaps it’s a flashback, or, Egghead turns out to be alive after all. Considering Murray’s colossal comedic chops, he could be any number of the weirdo villains from the “Ant-Man” comics, such as Porcupine, who created a battle armor based on the porcupine and, well, just imagine Murray in a suit studded with giant quills.
Whoever Murray is playing, it doesn’t take much to imagine how fun it would be to see him sparring with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. The cast for Quantumania includes the franchise’s major stars—Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne. We know the film’s major villain is Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, first introduced in Marvel’s Disney+ series Loki.
Whoever Murray ends up playing, his involvement in Quantumania is the best news since Dune 2 was greenlit.
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