Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming up on its second weekend and will probably maintain the #1 spot at the box-office for a second week in a row. That's no surprise.
What is a surprise is the awesome plethora of information we've been getting regarding Marvel Studios' next BIG film, Captain America: Civil War, which is due out in 2016 (Ant-Man is technically Marvel Studios' next LITTLE film, get it?).
Well, everything so far has been hear-say or just little details. But now, Marvel has released the official plot synopsis as well as some interesting casting announcements, check it out:
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, “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.”
It specifically mentioned Ant-Man in the casting so I think the rumors of Giant-Man making an appearance may have just been that: rumors. But you never know, Marvel does like surprises (which end up getting spoiled months before the film's release anyways).
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...
Could we be getting a first look at the Red Hulk since Mark Ruffalo isn't listed as one of the returning cast members for this film? Who knows?
and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”).
“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.
So, what do you guys think of the news? The returning cast members? The new cast members? And the overall plot of the film? Not much is a surprise to me honestly except for a few mentions of cast members I didn't think we'd see again like William Hurt; where'd that one come from?
It is worth noting that this will be the first Avengers-esque film without Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Thor or Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Bruce Banner/Hulk.
Another note-worthy thing is that Benedict Cumberbatch, although getting to star in his own Marvel Studios film later that year as Doctor Strange, wasn't listed in the casting above. Do the events of Civil War not affect him? Or is he in another plane of existence during? Either way, I am crossing my fingers for an after-credits scene with him.
One other thing that is slightly disappointing is that we still don't get any confirmation on who is playing Spider-Man, but that's a nit-pick, I'm sure an announcement will be made soon. I wouldn't even be surprised if they waited till SDCC since it's just around the corner.
Be sure to fill me in on all your guys' thoughts and very strong (positive/negative) opinions in the comments section below!