Hollywood legend Bill Murray says he’s ready to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine (via Deadline), the often-unpredictable actor said he recently made a Marvel movie.
Bill Murray revealed the news when he was asked whether familiarity with a director plays a part in choosing his projects. The Ghostbusters star then alluded to working with Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. “I’m probably not allowed to tell you, but whatever,” he said.
Speaking about the Marvel project Bill Murray added, “Anyways, some people were pretty surprised why I decided on a project like this, of all things. But for me, the situation was completely clear. I got to know the director and really liked him. He was witty, humble, everything you want from a director. And with the cheerleader movie Bring It On, he had already made a film years ago which I think is damn good. So I agreed.”
If you do the math, Bring It On was directed by Peyton Reed, whose last three projects just happen to be Ant-Man, Ant-Man and The Wasp, and Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, which is set to hit the big screen in 2023. So it seems very possible that Bill Murray is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe via Quantumania.
But fans shouldn’t get too excited about it. Bill Murray said doing a Marvel movie was a one-time experience and he has no intention of reprising his role. This is mostly because he’s not really interested in huge comic book adaptations as an actor. “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,” he said. Various publications reached out to Marvel Studios and Disney for comment but did not hear back.
Besides the Bill Murray news, there isn’t a lot of information about Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Directed by Peyton Reed, the film will see Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily return as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne respectively. Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kathryn Newton also star. And Jonathan Majors is reprising his role as Kang the Conqueror, who first appeared as The One Who Remains in the Disney+ series Loki.
In the comics, Kang the Conqueror is a 31st-century time-traveling entity, who managed to weaponize time itself and found his way to the present. There he became one of the Avengers’ biggest threats, as he sought to usher in a new dynasty worthy of his name. The time-traveling Conqueror’s introduction to the movies could give us a glimpse of the future, allowing us to see alternate versions of the characters we know and love.
While his role remains undisclosed, Marvel is probably really happy to have Bill Murray join the fray of superheroes. The actor is famously hard to sign in Hollywood and doesn’t have an agent or a manager. He created a 1-800 number so people could call and pitch him things directly because he was tired of agents bothering him.
Meanwhile, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2023, as part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Filming for the Paul Rudd movie began in Turkey in early February. Production is expected to move to Atlanta next and will last until 2022.