Paul Rudd Responds To Rumors That Bill Murray Is In Ant-Man 3

Paul Rudd addressed the rumors that Bill Murray was in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Rudd is currently filming his third solo film in the Ant-Man series. He will be joined by his co-stars Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer and new cast members Kathryn Newton and Jonathan Majors. Peyton Reed, director of the film, will be returning with a script written by Jeff Loveness (Rick & Morty).

A rumor that Bill Murray was cast in Ant-Man 3 emerged recently, based on an interview with a German newspaper. Shortly after the story was reported on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Murray replied with a non-denial answer that continued to fuel speculation. Murray replied to the question with, “I am not at liberty talk about it.”

Rudd has now responded to the rumor while being questioned Entertainment Tonight during the premiere of Ghostbusters. Rudd, who was recently named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2021, responded to a question about Murray appearing in the film in his usual coy manner. He said he “heard this rumor” and compared it to people mistaking it for Murray’s appearance in Ghostbusters Afterlife. Although Rudd doesn’t deny the rumor’s existence in any way, his trademark playfulness is evident, which is, like Murray’s reply, neither confirmation nor denial. Below is his response.

It’s now well-known that Murray will appear in Ghostbusters. However, the mysterious actor is known for being very selective about which roles he accepts. Murray has been a regular cast member of director Wes Anderson’s films, appearing in large or small functions. Murray is also a guest star, or a bit part in small films. Anderson is currently filming Asteroid city. Murray is also rumored for a role in Peter Farrelly’s next movie, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, with Zac Efron, Russell Crowe.

It seems likely that Murray will be in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Quantumania. However, this role is expected to be a fun, small role that will add charm to the film. Murray may surprise many by having a more significant role in the movie. However, it’s not clear what that role might be on either side of the spectrum. Murray is one of Hollywood’s most loved comedians and actors. He joins many other seasoned actors who have tried their hand at the MCU, including Ant-Man star Michael Douglas, Robert Redford, and William Hurt. Murray, regardless of his role, is a good choice for his comic-book debut.

Marvel’s What If …? episode 5, which featured a zombie apocalypse, also had a perfect Ant-Man gag and a Paul Rudd joke. In attack, five zombies infiltrate into the MCU. Everything explodes after a zombie virus escapes the Quantum Realm. The Avengers make matters worse. A complete zombie takeover is possible after the heroes are infected. The Watcher by Jeffrey Wright says that “Once Earth’s Mightiest Heroes joined infected, nobody else stood a chance.” The episode ends with hope as the survivors go to Wakanda to spread a cure with the Mind Stone.

This episode featured a mix between returning and new stars. Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman(T’Challa), Paul Bettany/Vision, Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man) all returned. Not all MCU actors brought back their characters. Josh Keaton replaced Chris Evans’ role as Steve Rogers. Tom Holland didn’t voice Spider-Man, who plays a vital role in the episode. Instead, Hudson Thames assumed the role of Spidey.

The episode features a hilarious joke about Ant-Man. Rudd’s Scott Lang is among the first victims in the apocalypse. Hank Pym is infected by the virus in Quantum Realm and returns to the regular universe, attacking Lang immediately. Vision saves Lang, however, by using the Mind Stone. His disembodied head is all that remains. It’s a great joke to place Rudd’s head in a glass container, considering the many memes about Rudd not aging.

What if episode 5 continues the stream of memes online about Rudd being immortal. Rudd’s inexorable age is a joke that is often retold on social media. Online memes and photos of Rudd, 52 years old, are shared frequently, particularly around Rudd’s birthday. They show Rudd looking very similar to his younger self. Rudd even commented on the memes by saying that he’s secret “80 years old inside.” Given all the jokes and memes, it makes sense that Rudd will survive the apocalypse in his head in the jar. He would, of course. This is what immortals do.

Marvel is known for including inside jokes in their movies, so the Rudd gag seems to be a nod to these memes. Marvel has provided many references and in-jokes throughout the MCU. In Captain America Civil War, the stair car from Arrested development appears in the background. This is a nod back to the days that Anthony and Joe Russo helmed the show. In honor of Luke Skywalker’s favorite moment in The Empire Strikes Back, Phase 2 of MCU featured a joke where characters would lose their hands or arms. Loki even continued the Star Wars gag. The Ant-Man stunt by Paul Rudd and Marvel’s in-jokes once again hit the nail on the head.

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