Bill Murray Still in New ‘Ant-Man’ Trailer, Doesn’t Appear to Dangle Anyone Over a Garbage Can
Bill Murray’s “quiet cancellation” has thus far been contained to this universe, as the star of the most recent slew of allegations and complaints to dominate Entertainment Twitter can be seen in the trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 31st film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Disney released the trailer this morning to a massive fan response and rampant speculation about which villains will be featured in the third installment of the Ant-Man arc within Marvel’s sprawling megaverse. The film looks like it will dive deeper into the “quantum realm,” which is apparently where Murray has been hiding since it was reported that the comedy icon paid a female staffer from the production of Aziz Ansari’s Being Mortal more than $100,000 to settle a complaint filed against Murray over alleged “inappropriate behavior.” Hopefully the child actors of the quantum realm know not to steal Murray’s seat.
Murray first revealed his MCU debut back in 2021 while he was on a press tour for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. In an interview with the German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Murray let it slip that he had recently wrapped a role on the set of the third Ant-Man movie, explaining that the past work of its director, Peyton Reed, piqued his interest in the project. He specified that he was a fan of Reed’s 2000 cheerleader film Bring It On, calling the cult classic a “damn good film.”
“So I agreed, although I’m not interested in these huge comic book adaptations as an actor otherwise,” explained Murray.
Disney has yet to reveal which specific Marvel character Murray will play in the new MCU project, though he has indicated that he will be playing a “bad guy,” a role which Seth Green and others who have worked with the cantankerous comedy legend will find to be very fitting. It’s rumored that Murray will play Krylar, an obscure villain from The Incredible Hulk comic series who is featured in only a scant few panels.
Whatever Murray’s character, his presence in the film will clearly be significant considering that the footage he shot remains in both the trailer and the film itself following the backlash over his alleged misbehavior that has tarnished the star’s reputation in recent weeks. Disney has made no public comment on the recent reports of inappropriate behavior on behalf of their guest star — it’s possible that the megacorporation believes that the outrage over his misdeeds that currently clouds his public image will blow over by the time the film is released in February 2023.
Or maybe the quantum realm just doesn’t have Twitter.