Judy Greer Is The Latest Actor To Have An Entirely New Marvel Role
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Judy Greer voices the cybernetic villain War Pig.
James Gunn puts so many Easter eggs in his movies the director’s nickname should be “The Easter Bunny.” One of Gunn’s favorite things to do is hide a famous celebrity under tons of rubber and makeup or, in the case of Judy Greer in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, a CGI pig. That’s right, as MovieWeb reports, the High Evolutionary’s cyber-punk-looking warthog henchman was none other than Ant-Man’s ex-wife.
Gunn’s inclusion of Judy Greer in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 makes her one of the few actors to play multiple roles in the MCU. Greer previously played Maggie Lang, the estranged wife of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang in Ant-Man and its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. Maggie was noticeably absent from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania leading many fans to wonder about the character’s status in the MCU.
Whatever may or may not have happened to Maggie Lang in between Ant-Man movies, it can’t be worse than the fate that befell Judy Greer’s character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. War Pig, who can best be described as a cyborg version of Bebop from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is only on screen for a short amount of time before newcomer Adam Warlock ruthlessly decapitates her. So much for that War Pig spin-off movie.
All joking aside, Judy Greer is just one of many cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy 3—all former colleagues of James Gunn. Gunn is known for shoving actors he considers his friends into any role he can scrounge up for them. In Guardians 3, that means Nathan Fillion in a gross flesh suit, Pete Davidson as another one of the High Evolutionary’s goons named Phlektik, and of course, Seth Green reprising his role as Howard the Duck.
Gunn also made sure to include his lovely wife, Jennifer Holland, as a receptionist for the fictional Orgocorp and even put himself in the movie as animal experiment Lambshank. It’s Judy Greer’s cameo that’s getting the most attention, however, since she’s the only actor in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 that already plays a different Marvel character.
Playing two Marvel characters, in general, isn’t that rare. Chris Evans famously played The Human Torch in Tim Story’s Fantastic Four duology from the early ’00s before becoming Captain America in Disney’s interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe. Likewise, Josh played Cable in Fox’s Deadpool 2 part of their X-Men series, in between his various appearances as Thanos in the MCU.
What makes Judy Greer’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3 cameo different is that she’s playing two characters in the same universe. Both Evans’ Fantastic Four movies and Deadpool 2 exist in different continuities than the MCU. Meanwhile, Greer’s Warpig was presumably causing havoc for the Guardians at the same time Maggie Lang was chilling on Earth doing suburban mom stuff.
Sadly, Gunn’s much-publicized departure from Disney means that fans can expect fewer Easter eggs and cameos in the MCU going forward. There will still be cameos, obviously, but they’re bound to be more like Iron Man 2‘s Elon Musk cameo than Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman. Gunn put the Toxic Avenger director in both Guardians 1&3 as a way to honor his indie horror roots.
As for the talented Judy Greer, hopefully, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won’t be the last we see of her in the MCU. Fingers crossed that when the inevitable Ant-Man 4 becomes a reality, Greer will be back as Maggie Lang.