Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania writer, Jeff Loveness, has revealed that Jennifer Coolidge was originally going to play ‘Linda’, the woman that is briefly mentioned by Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym during the movie. Linda is described as being somewhat of an ex-girlfriend of Hank Pym, a partner that he tried to be at some point during the many years that Janet van Dyne was stuck in the quantum realm, presumed dead by the world.
Loveness told The Hollywood Reporter (THR) in a recent interview “I don’t think it even made it into pages, but we wanted Jennifer Coolidge to be Linda for a brief moment.”, revealing that Coolidge was desired to play the role of Linda for the Ant-Man threequel, which would also have been Coolidge’s MCU debut.
It was also revealed by Loveness that Coolidge had actually been in contact with the team behind the movie about playing the role, as Loveness told THR “It never reached beyond a Zoom between ourselves, but I had some good ideas there”.
Another comment from the writer during the interview comedically suggested that Coolidge might be the MCU’s Doctor Doom, as Loveness told THR “We’ll save her for next time. I’m sure she’ll wind up in the MCU, sometime. She can be Doctor Doom.”
How Things Could Have Gone Down
It’s clear that Jeff Loveness and the team behind Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania had plenty more ideas on where to go with the whole “Linda” storyline, and if things with Coolidge went forward, fans may have been treated to some funny scenes between Michelle Pfeiffer and Coolidge, maybe even in the Quantum Realm?
The third Ant-Man film is spent primarily within the Quantum Realm, which was maybe where Coolidge could have appeared, which would have been hard to explain, but definitely something Coolidge could pull off. However, no scenes with the actress were officially filmed so this all just remains an idea from the writer’s room.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now playing in theatres, worldwide.