The sheer number of reveals MCU fans were treated to at San Diego Comic-Con this year still boggles the mind. From announcements of future projects years away, to new trailers and exclusive first looks, there’ll be plenty to keep fans talking for a long time (or at least until September’s D23 Expo). Some tracks were only kept for the participants, and one of them was a preview of 2023 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
This is standard practice for Comic-Con appearances by companies of all persuasions, and it’s up to word of mouth boots on the ground at the convention to let the rest of the world know what they’re up to. could see. Sometimes these trailers give an open eye to new characters and locations, like the Secret Invasion trailer did for Emilia Clarke’s character. The Quantumania A special look gave audiences their first look at Kang the Conqueror, who surely had those in attendance eager to make the multiversal warlord’s full debut in the film.
However, Kang wasn’t the only new character to be watched by fans. Beloved actor Bill Murray also appeared, confirming for the first time that he’s also starring in the Ant-Man sequel. For those who couldn’t make it to the convention, here’s what was missed.
Bill Murray makes his MCU debut in Quantumania
The first look at Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was shown exclusively to San Diego Comic-Con attendees at Marvel’s Hall H mega panel. Several outlets had representatives in the room when the panel took place, and from them there’s a glimpse of Bill Murray’s character in the upcoming film.
Yahoo Entertainment describes the trailer as seeing the Ant-Man family being sucked into the Quantum Realm, but not before Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang retrieves his daughter Cassie from prison. The full gang is there: Scott, Cassie, and the Van Dynes (Hank, Janet, and Hope) all return, and Janet reassures everyone that she knows what to do, given her extended stay in the Kingdom. This leads to a door opening to reveal Murray’s appearance in a role that has yet to be revealed.
Murray is presented with a classic movie opening line: “Janet Van Dyne, I thought you were dead,” according to Collider.
As noted by The Wrap, the trailer spotlights entire societies that live in the Quantum Realm, and Bill Murray’s character is one of those inhabitants. Joblo recounts that Murray watches over Janet somehow while she’s there.
The location of it all is confirmed by Gamesradar to be a weird-looking town in the Quantum Realm, and it looks like Bill Murray is the man in charge.
The Ant family’s vacation in exotic Chronopolis?
With all of that in mind, perhaps what stands out the most is the mention of a city in the Quantum Realm. Fans with keen memories and sharper eyes will likely notice that a city in a dome was seen in the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Waspand many have speculated that this city would be Chronopolis, the seat of Kang himself.
Janet has almost certainly stayed in this town for at least part of her time in the Kingdom, so she’s likely to consider it a safe haven. It would appear that she has interacted with Murray’s character in the past and that they know each other at least relatively well, but the exact details of their relationship remain unclear.
Eyewitness accounts from the trailer indicate that Murray’s character is either the ruler of the town or a figure of some sort of authority within it. Maybe Kang hasn’t taken over the city yet outside of when the gang arrives, or Murray’s character may just be a lapdog to the temporal warlord. If he works for Kang, it’s probably safe to assume that Janet doesn’t know about it.
If Murray isn’t working for him, this could be when (or outside of) the Conqueror first appears to claim his base of operations. An attack on this town would provide an easy way to unite the Ant family against the villain, though they might be a bit out of league against a figure of such power.
Ultimately, Murray’s role remains undisclosed, and it’s just as likely that his character is a screen invention rather than a comedic role. Marvel has touched on Kang’s henchmen in the past, though, as Judge Renslayer of Loki is a classic compatriot (and romantic interest) of the villain.
Fans will have to see for themselves when they return to the Quantum Realm with Scott and the crew.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania debuts in theaters on February 17, 2023.