Bill Murray casually dropped a headline during a “French Dispatch” interview on Tuesday with the German outlet FAZ in which he seemingly let slip he’s part of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”
“You know, recently I made a Marvel movie,” Murray said, before immediately seeming to regret the disclosure. “I probably won’t tell you, but never mind,” he added.
“I got to know the director — and really liked him very much. He was funny, humble, everything you want from a director,” Murray later added, even though he’s “not interested in these huge comic book adaptations.”
The disclosure is actually the second time this month the actor dropped a bombshell during an interview. Just a couple of weeks ago, Murray swung by the BFI London Film Festival and nonchalantly revealed the title of Wes Anderson’s next film: “Asteroid City.”
It must be comforting for director Peyton Reed to know that he’s got someone of Murray’s stature in his corner. However, despite the overall positive experience, the acclaimed actor doubts he’ll return for another ride on the Marvel merry-go-round.
“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,” Murray said.
News about the next installment of the Ant-Man franchise has been dropping at a frenetic pace despite the film currently being in production and its release not expected until Summer 2023. On Tuesday, production dropped a photo from the set of the latest logo–in which Quantumania is entirely illegible–leading Metaflix to run the headline, “What On Earth Is ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuoobouoooO’?
As for the character Murray may be playing, that’s anyone’s guess. He is indeed listed on the film’s recently updated IMDb page, however no role is specified. There’s speculation he could be playing another former partner of the original Ant-Man like Erik Josten’s Atlas, or a former villain involved with Hank Pym, or even an elder version of some forgotten and weird Ant-Man villain, such as Porcupine.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” will be hitting theaters on July 28, 2023.