Okay, so given that I'm off to see [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) this Thursday I've deci-
Wait. Let me emphasize that. I'M GOING TO SEE AGE OF ULTRON THIS FREAKING THURSDAY!!!
Phew. Sorry. I felt like I had to scream that in the internet's face, 'cos, yaknow, Age of freakin' Ultron.
Anyways, as I was saying, us UK fans are getting the very well anticipated sequel to [Marvel](channel:932254)'s biggest film so far a week ahead of the US, and naturally, this will obliterate my window of speculation much sooner - so I'm trying to get into the groove of writing about other Marvel stuff. Heck, I even tried DC the other day.
What I'm basically saying is I'm broadening my focus area, and what better way to do that than blog about the next big Marvel thingy? For those who a) didn't read the title and b) don't know much about Marvel, the aforementioned next big Marvel thingy is [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409). And hey, lucky for us bloggers, a bunch of spoilery stuff just leaked online. Yay.
Ahead of time, the info below comes from the guys over at Joblo, who say it comes from a trusted and reliable source. Seeing as Joblo have a track record of calling things correctly, I'm trusting them at this point. That, though, doesn't mean this is all truth and that maybe you should get that pinch of salt ready before taking in this stuff.
The first of the leaked details are the so-called "teams." We know, duh, that it's Cap against Stark, but actual info regarding their followers has been kept under lock and key for a while now. The confirmed cast list so far is as follows:
- Cap (Chris Evans)
- Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
- Falcon (Anthony Mackie)
- Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)
- Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)
- Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)
- The Vision (Paul Bettany)
- Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)
- Black Widow (Scarlet Johanssen)
- War Machine (Don Cheadle)
- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)
- Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl)
- Crossbones (Frank Grillo)
The sides themselves are said to shape up a little like this: Cap, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Falcon on one team, with Iron Man, The Vision, Ant-Man and War Machine on the other. Scarlet Witch and Black Panther are going to fall into the mix somewhere, and we know Mr Boseman's role has been confirmed as "pivotal." The two villains are of course Baron Zemo and Crossbones, and to be honest I've no clue what they'll be doing. Well, mostly.
and interestingly, the Scarlet Witch makes an appearance without her brother who is speculated to be killed during Age of Ultron... hmm...
JoBlo has also said Paul Rudd's [Ant-Man](movie:9048) is due to take on his "Giant-Man" alias during the battle sequences of Civil War, which would be absolutely awesome, and interestingly, the Scarlet Witch makes an appearance without her brother - who is speculated to be killed during Age of Ultron... hmm...
We all know already the web-slinging Spider-Man will be making appearances in this film too, but due to lack of casting he wasn't officially included in JoBlo's side list.
So it seems as though Marvel haven't utilized their whole roster of superheroes for this movie (so far) and to me, that's not surprising. They may have a pretty darn huge budget, but it ain't big enough to get the likes of Chris Hemsworth and RDJ on the same set again and again and again.
However, speaking of Mr Hemsworth, we do know Thor is set to disappear mid-Age of Ultron (in order to kickstart his third solo film [Thor: Ragnarok](movie:956858)) and given this he won't be back on Earth in time for Civil War. He will, however, return in time for Infinity War to show big ol' Thanos what a butt-kicking from a thunder god looks (and feels) like.
In the graphic novel, the storyline is set into action by a huge explosion caused by superheroes (essentially) that kills over 600 innocent people. Seeing as Marvel haven't really established enough of a base to set this mini-plot in action, they've supposedly referred to this guy:
Namely, a brutal assassin known in the Marvel Universe as Crossbones. We have, in fact, already been introduced to this fella back in Cap 2: The Winter Soldier...
Last we saw him, this villain was left burnt, broken, and generally in pretty bad shape at the end of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973). His employer was brought down and his ass indeed handed to him, so yeah, you could say he has a fairly sizeable vendetta against superheroes, especially good old Steve Rogers.
Since we last saw him, he has supposedly turned both to a life of mass terrorism and the Crossbones uniform. He'll be rocking the whole deal of the skull mask and crossbones chest armor in May 2016, in what has been labelled a graffiti-esque costume. Cool.
Taking that into account, he will alledgedly be the villain that causes the superheroes to cause an explosion, and his actions (mainly) will be the start of the implementation of the whole Superhero Registration Act. Damnit Crossbones.
Sadly, it is Crossbones who shall "kill" Captain Rogers at the end of the movie, after the super-soldier has been arrested and is on the way to his trial. However, for some strange reason (in the comics) the bullet doesn't kill him and instead phases him out of space-time, only for the stars-and-stripes superhero to return at a later date. Whether he will actually return in the films, who knows? Unfortunately, what we do know is Sebastian Stan (the Winter Soldier)'s character is due to take up Cap's outfit and mantle (like in the comics), and Mr Stan has signed a nine-film contract with Marvel. So far, he's only appeared in two - so it's unlikely Steve Rogers will actually make a comeback, and instead be replaced in his uniform by Bucky Barnes.
Well, there we have it guys. Another day, another bunch of (amazingly, not Age of Ultron) speculation. Leave your thoughts in the comments, and hey, don't forget to take the poll! Until next time...