Here’s some news that fits nicely in the “Holy $#!%” file. For the last several months we’ve been getting dribs and drabs in terms of Captain America: Civil War news. We knew that Chris Evans would return, of course, as the titular hero. His Winter Soldier sidekicks Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Anthony Mackie as Falcon were both highly expected and confirmed to return as well. The coup de grâce though was the announcement that Robert Downey Jr. would be joining the cast as Tony Stark, along with Chadwick Boseman making his Marvel Universe debut as the Black Panther. Along the way, and with every new casting notice, the joke persisted that Civil War was shapping up to be Avengers 2.5, and if you look at the now official cast list, it looks like they were right.
Marvel Studios officially launched the hype for Civil War today with a press release announcing the start of production of the third Captain America movie. Pretty much everyone announced so far as part of the cast is included, but there are still a couple of surprises including the next Marvel hero and a forgotten face that goes back to The Incredible Hulk. Shall we look at the cast list?
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
Paul Bettany as The Vision
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13
Daniel Brühl as ?
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
Martin Freeman as ?
Wow, and you thought Avengers: Age of Ultron was packed. This does answer a point of curiosity I’ve had since seeing Age of Ultron and taking into account that Cap would be joined by new Avengers teammates Black Widow and Falcon in Civil War. So yup, the whole new Avengers team will be in the show, along with former Avengers Iron Man and Hawkeye, and potential members like Ant-Man and Black Panther. “Thunderbolt” Ross? That’s an intriguing development that was teased at when William Hurt was spotted on the streest of Atlanta. Of course, Spider-Man remains uncast (and unmentioned apparently).
And then there’s the mystery roles. It’s long been assumed that Daniel Brühl will be playing Baron Zemo, and there’s nothing said here that doesn’t confirm or deny that. There’s also nothing that confirms, or even hints at, who Martin Freeman is playing either. Perhaps they constiture the new threat mentioned below.
Plot synopsis? You got it!
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
Captain America: Civil War has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta and will shoot scenes in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland along the way. The movie will be in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016. We’ll keep you posted with all the latest