One of the most important Phase 5 films Marvel has coming up next year is Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania. While we know it’ll be a proper introduction to Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, another character that will have a key part is one played by Bill Murray. Seen briefly in the trailer, the actual identity of this character remains a mystery, although suspected to be a villain.
Director Peyton Reed didn’t reveal much when he spoke to EW, but he did have some small details to offer about Murray’s character and his ties to Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet van Dyne…
“Bill Murray plays a character from Janet van Dyne’s past. It’s a crucial role. A big theme in this movie is the things that parents and kids don’t say to each other, the secrets that they keep in families. In the last movie, when Hank and Hope rescue Janet, Evangeline Lilly’s character had this idea of: Oh, I’m going to be reunited with my mom, this is going to be great, we’re going to talk about everything. But what happens if the other person, in this case Janet, puts up a wall and maybe is not comfortable talking about certain things and doesn’t reveal certain things about her past?
“As we know from great stories, you can put the past behind you, but the past will always find a way to show up again. Bill’s character represents that in this movie,” Reed concluded.
Whoever Murray turns out to be, expect the actor to be a scene-stealer because that’s what he does. Especially in smaller roles, it’s like Murray really throws himself into it because he wants to make an impact with the audience.
Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania opens February 17th 2023.