In Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, it appears that Kathryn Newton, a recent hire at Marvel Studios, may have had a little impact on Bill Murray’s choice to join the MCU.
Murray will portray Lord Krylar, the “governor of Axia,” in the forthcoming third instalment, marking his debut role in the franchise. The legendary comedian is not the only MCU rookie in the movie, though. Emma Fuhrmann’s role as Cassie Lang will be taken over by Kathryn Newton, who will also be making her Marvel Studios debut. Prior to their roles in Ant-Man 3, Newton and Murray really played golf together frequently; Murray even takes his love of the game seriously years after his role in the 1980 golf-themed comedy Caddyshack. And it’s possible that Murray’s interest in the franchise was sparked by this friendship on the fairway.
Actress Kathryn Newton claims that she is responsible for securing Bill Murray’s participation in the third MCU instalment, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.
The Cassie Lang actress recalled Murray contacting her and stating “[he wanted] to join the Marvel Universe,” in reality asking her “whether it was acceptable if he were to join Ant-Man:” when appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
“My mother says to me, “Kathryn, I have Bill Murray for you,” a few months later. What, what, what? William Murray? She responds, “Yeah, um, here.” And he says, “Kathryn, I’ve been thinking, I think I want to join the Marvel Universe, and I was just going to ask you if it was alright if I joined “Ant-Man”.””
Yes, Bill, that’s alright with me, but maybe there’s someone else to talk to, said Newton in response. She called to see whether Murray and she were “going to play golf together” while shooting, something the two never got to do, but she felt Murray already had an offer on the table:
“But I believe he was calling to inquire as to whether or not we would play golf together after receiving some sort of offer. Michael Douglas also plays the game. However, because of the rainy weather in London and the fact that Marvel movies are intense, we were unable to play golf.”
The Marvel Connection to Newton-Murray
It’s quite wonderful to see that Murray would get in touch with a young actress like Newton and sincerely inquire about her opinion of his joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Newton is 47 years younger than Murray, yet the young actress exudes the same regard for one of Hollywood’s greatest comedy giants.
As “a figure from Janet Van Dyne’s past,” Murray’s Lord Krylar will undoubtedly interact with the other members of Team Ant-Man, including Newton’s Cassie Lang. It will be intriguing to see whether any of that on-the-course chemistry with any prospective encounters between Newton and Murray’s characters shows up in the finished movie. Fans have been pleading for Murray to join the Marvel Studios cast, especially after the actor hinted that he was “interested” in the world of superheroes. And it now appears that Kathryn Newton is to blame for making it happen at all.
On February 17, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania will hit cinemas.