It is now confirmed that Ghostbusters actor Bill Murray is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio released the official trailer for the sequel of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania this Monday and revealed the return of lead stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.
The clip also unveiled the first look at Bill Murray’s character in the movie, who is currently trending on social media following his controversy. He was silent about his role when he appeared in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year.
Bill Murray Under Fire After Sexual Abuse Controversy
Murray is currently making headlines due to his alleged misconduct off-screen. On the set of Searchlight Picture’s Being Mortal back in April, a female crew filed a complaint against the actor for engaging in inappropriate behavior, claiming he kissed and straddled her on set. According to Deadline, Murray has reportedly paid a $100,000 settlement. The actor, in his defense, told CNBC’s Becky Quick, “I did something I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way.”
This is not the first complaint of sexual abuse against Murray. Actress and Academy Award winner Geena Davis recalled in her memoir, Dying of Politeness, that the actor allegedly screamed at her on the set of Quick Change (1990) after she refused to lie on the bed while he used a massage machine on her back. During their movie promotion in The Arsenio Hall Show, Murray also pulled down her dress strap.
Fans Raged After Murray’s Appearance In Ant-Man And The Wasp Sequel Trailer
Along with Murray’s successful career in the film industry are numbers of allegations that could ruin his name in a snap. His upcoming role in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has already been criticized by fans all across social media platforms. Check out what people have to say:
Worst possible time for Bill Murray to enter the MCU pic.twitter.com/AbSAu0HSEy
— Keyan Carlile (@KeyanCarlile) October 24, 2022
fucking insane they put bill murray in that ant-man 3 trailer after all the allegations
— jeremy. (@jeremylovesyall) October 24, 2022
That Ant-Man trailer looks really good until you remember that this is a trailer to an Ant-Man film & Bill Murray has been having a lot of recent sexual harassment allegations against him
— 🎃🎃🎃 Nick or Treat 🎃🎃🎃 (@NicholasJLevi) October 24, 2022
Really bold of Marvel to showcase Bill Murray in the Ant-Man trailer after the sexual harassment scandal he has had. But then again, white men don't face accountability anyways.
— Rohit Rajput (@Rohit_Rajput757) October 24, 2022
they revealed bill murray in that ant-man trailer like they expected us to applaud bro read the news
— Jacob Spooner (@jacobrspooner) October 24, 2022
Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Company may be called into question lest they keep Murray on the film. It seems that Disney won’t hesitate to make sudden but necessary changes when it comes to controversies that may affect the studio’s reputation. Fans could recall how Lucasfilm fired Gina Carano from the set of The Mandalorian after her controversial social media post.
Marvel Studios still has plenty of time to make any changes they deemed necessary. It may include recasting the Ghostbusters actor and reshooting scenes all over again. So far, there has been no confirmation about this.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will arrive in theaters this February 17, 2023.