Last year, a small mention of a Bill Murray photo double being part of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania set the Marvel rumor mill rolling as to whether the Ghostbusters legend did actually have a role in the movie and it didn’t take long for the actor himself to let slip that he had been signed up to appear in 2023 third solo outing for Scott Lang. Murray has now probably put himself on Kevin Feige’s volatile list after revealing in a new interview on The Eli Manning Show that he will be playing “a bad guy” in the movie, stoking a whole new conversation about who exactly that character could be.
While Marvel is always keen to keep their future projects hidden behind a veil of secrecy, there are many avid fans of the cinematic narrative that will hunt down crew lists and casting calls for the smallest hint as to what is coming next for Marvel’s heroes. One such piece of information came in October when someone noticed that something called Dust Bunny, which is the production name of the Ant-Man threequel, had cast English actor John Townsend as photo double for Murray.
The role required someone to “resemble an actor as closely as possible in height, build, hair color, and complexion. They often need to look like they could be the actor’s twin. A photo double can be used when a principal actor is in a scene but is not the focus and is essentially functioning as a Background Actor. Since the photo double looks like the actor from a distance, they can film in the actor’s place while they prepare for other scenes.”
Shortly afterward, Murray confirmed his casting in the movie when speaking to German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, when he said, “You know, recently I made a Marvel movie. I probably won’t tell you, but never mind. In any case, some people were quite surprised why I decided on such a project. But for me the thing was quite clear: I got to know the director – and really liked him very much. He was funny, humble, everything you want from a director. And with the cheerleader story Bring It On he made a movie years ago, which I think is damn good. So I agreed, although I’m not interested in these huge comic book adaptations as an actor otherwise.”
Jonathan Majors Role as Kang the Conqueror Means a Secondary Villain Role for Bill Murray
It has been known for some time now that Kang The Conqueror will not only be the main antagonist of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, with Jonathan Majors bringing the villain to life in his full glory in the movie after making his first appearance in the finale of Loki as He Who Remains. With Kang being described as one of the “Big Bads” of the Marvel universe it is unlikely that Murray’s role would be bigger than Kang but considering Marvel is deep into the multiverse and we have already seen one version of Kang, it could be that Murray is playing an older variant of the main villain.
While all of this remains speculation until there is any official confirmation by Marvel themselves, simply having Murray’s name attached to the movie is a massive coup for the studio. Despite being a solid fan favorite, Murray has been known to be notorious when it comes to choosing which movies he appears in. For years the Groundhog Day star simply refused to consider returning for a third time in the Ghostbusters franchise until he was finally coaxed back for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and having noted himself that he doesn’t go in for comic book movies, it is even more impressive to have persuaded him to join the MCU. With Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania not arriving until July 28th, 2023, it is unlikely we will see any official footage from the movie until next year.