Captain America: Civil War has finally begun production - with filming taking place in Atlanta before moving to locations shoots in places like Berlin, Germany (Baron Zemo, anyone?), Iceland and Puerto Rico. With filming actually starting, there have been some very interesting press releases for Captain America 3 - revealing some big casting news, possible plot details and leading to all sorts of speculation about where things will be heading for Cap and Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Civil War storyline.
Thunderbolts & Hobbits
A while back there was an official plot synopsis released for Captain America: Civil War that clued us in on the movie taking a more global approach to the Superhuman Registration Act - something that was very much reinforced by the global scope of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now there's even more detail on Captain America 3, with an updated synopsis which was probably being saved for after Avengers 2's release.
“'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."
This new global scope to the MCU is being represented by a number of new characters being introduced, or re-introduced, in the expanded cast list for Captain America 3. There is of course the previously announced Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, or Wakanda's Black Panther, and the outside threat of Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo (which was strangely missing from this most recent press release. But we aslo have the return of the long absent General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt) and a mystery character being played by Martin Freeman.
It's good to see Hurt back in the role of Gen. Ross and to see Marvel not completely disown the second movie in their Phase 1, The Incredible Hulk. After all, this is the guy that Robert Downey, Jr's Tony Stark went to visit and talk about the Avengers Initiative with at the end of that movie. It's expected that Captain America: Civil War will see the military playing a big role in adding pressure to the Avengers and trying to get the team to toe the line. Of course less is known about exactly what role Martin Freeman will play - but there are already two great guesses going 'round the internet.
Everett K Ross or Henry Peter Gyrich?
Both of these guesses tie into this international scope of Captain America 3 on top of being roles that one could easily picture Martin Freeman in. The first name to pop up was Everett K Ross, the US State Department attache in Wakanda. With Black Panther being introduced, it makes sense that we might see the character with an ambassador for the US government being attached to him.
Would that role be big enough for Martin Freeman, though? While he might not be a household name yet, the actor did just front three big Hobbit movies and co-stars in Sherlock, one of the biggest BBC shows with an enormous American viewership. It would probably secure him a spot in the solo Black Panther movie - but I think there may be more possibility in the second guess to arrive on the internet recently: Henry Peter Gyrich.
This character has much bigger implications for The Avengers as well as the future of the MCU. Hat tip to Newsarama for putting together a great case on why this could be the best guess as to who Martin Freeman could be playing in Captain America 3. Not only is Gyrich the government appointed watchdog on The Avengers but the character, combined with the presence of Gen Ross, could mean that we might see the timely emergence of The Thunderbolts as well in Captain America: Civil War.
Ant-Man Joins The Avengers!
Or, as the press release puts it, the character "will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in 'Captain America: Civil War'." It doesn't necessarily confirm that Ant-Man is joining The Avengers but it certainly sounds like it. Combine this with the information that JoBlo was reporting last month - all of which appears to be tracking so far - and it definitely looks like we're getting more than just a cameo and we should expect to see Ant-Man making a Giant-Man sized impact on the story.
That scoop also put Ant-Man on the side of Iron Man and that does sound about right considering the rehabilitated nature of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. Ant-Man has a pretty long history in the comics of falling on the side of Tony Stark as well - but it will be very interesting to see how the character will enter this story. There have been some rumors of the Ant-Man movie doing some last minute additional shooting and this could very well see Ant-Man giving us a more direct lead-in to Captain America 3.
What do you think? Do the additions to the massive [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) movie continue to get you more excited for the movie? Are there too many superheroes? Not enough? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!