Production of Captain America: Civil War officially started in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday. Marvel Studios released the official plot summary along with a cast list that might as well make this an Avengers film. However, there’s one certain friendly neighborhood Spider-Man that is missing.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo return with Captain America: Civil War, and it appears to very much be a warm-up for their taking over the helm of the Avengers movies. In addition to the return of Captain America and Iron Man, the film features the entire new squad of heroes from the end of Age of Ultron plus Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther and Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang/Ant-Man.
There are also heroes and villains returning from Captain America: Winter Soldier for Civil War. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier will be in the film along with Sharon Carter/Agent 13 and Sam Wilson/Falcon. Meanwhile, Frank Grillo returns as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones.
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Captain America: Civil War is bringing back some older features while adding news ones as well. William Hurt’s General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross from The Incredible Hulk crops up while The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman is confirmed for an unannounced role.
So what could this wealth of Marvel characters possibly be doing in Captain America: Civil War? Here’s the official synopsis for the film.
“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.”
Missing in all of this though is Spider-Man. Marvel recently reached a deal with Sony to bring the wall-crawler into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character played a key role in the comic book version of Civil War, so it was expected that the film would try to work him in with the deal done. It’s entirely possible that Spider-Man is just not announced yet because the role has not been cast and Marvel wants to save his inclusion for a special announcement later.
Captain America: Civil War will be released on May 6, 2016. Here is the full cast list Marvel announced today.
“Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”). The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as The Vision, Jeremy Renner (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Godzilla”) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
After his debut in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in “Captain America: Civil War.”
The film also includes outstanding additional cast, including Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Get on Up”) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Revenge”) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Bourne Ultimatum”), Frank Grillo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Warrior”) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt (“A History of Violence,” Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk”) as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”).
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