No doubt the dedicated members of the House of Ideas are still hungry for Marvel’s next chapter following the Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron. Well now they can rest easy for all of 24 hours after being thrown a huge star-studded bone last night, revealing not only a full synopsis of what is in store for Captain America: Civil War, but a surprising list of cast members that will be joining him.
After appearing with the studios big schedule showcase, we already knew that Robert Downey Jr. would be reprising his role as Tony Stark, along with newcomer to the superhero gig, Chadwick Boseman who is down to play Black Panther. In addition to those, there’s what seems like an army of new faces thrown in along with a kitchen sink (probably).
Joining Boseman, Evans, and HRH RDJ, the film will comprise of the newly appointed Avengers seen at the end of Age of Ultron (Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bethany), as well as two original members, Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Stepping out of the shadows he’s been hiding in will be Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Bucky/The Winter Soldier, who will hopefully get more screen time than the film where he was the titular villain.
Here though, is where things get interesting. As well as all this lot, Marvel have revealed that Paul Rudd will be ‘making his first appearance alongside the Avengers’ following his debut as Scott Pym in Ant-Man. Which side will an ex-thief find himself on when Cap come to blows? This is surely no place for a super-shrinking man when bullets are flying and the military comes piling in. Speaking of, it seems they’ve got just the military man for the job to yell those orders, with news that William Hurt will be reprising his Incredible Hulk role as General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross. Welcome back, sir. Do we salute now, or…?
Filling up the final spots are Frank Grillo returning as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, and to put the evil icing on the cake (probably tastes of sprouts or something) is Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo. There’s still no word on the role the recently revealed Martin Freeman will be playing, and the studio made no mention of Nick Fury (they do know he’s still alive, right?).
Undoubtedly a film that seems even bigger than Age of Ultron, if that is even possible. This is starting to sound very much like Avengers 2.5. Of course, the difference here being is that not everyone will be assembling on the same side. For those that don’t know Captain America: Civil War will see the man out of time out on the lamb (again) after the government install a Superhero Registration Act. The story was based on a long run in the comics by Mark Millar (Kingsman, Kick-Ass), and saw a line drawn down the middle of the Marvel Universe with Spider-Man somehow stuck in the middle of it all.
Ah yes, the infamous wall-crawler, where is he in all this? Well, if you’re wondering why your spidey-senses weren’t tingling, that’s because he’s still not been named from the small list of suspect potentials to be picking up the mask, but expect that to change in the coming months.
The site reveals that production is officially underway, guided by the directorial double act of The Russo Brothers. You can see how they handle the super-sized squabble when Captain America: Civil War hits cinemas April 29, 2016 in U.K. cinemas before it hits U.S. screens May 6.