Since his casting, we haven't learned much about Martin Freeman's character in Marvel's upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) other than that he's some sort of government official or private sector spokesperson.
But at the Giffoni Film Festival over the weekend, he opened up about his role, confirming a few things while adding fuel to the speculation fire in others.
I've done a few days shooting on the Civil War film. I have 2 more days to go, so it's a relatively small part. Within the framework of the film, he is ambiguous. I like that you can't tell if he is a goodie or a baddie. But he works for the government and a part of his job, is to keep the superheroes and powers in check. Unless they fire me, it's a role that will carry on. (via Sherlocked-Avatar/Tumblr)
And in an interview with BadTaste.it, Freeman goes into even more detail about the ambiguous nature of his character:
He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes power I suppose. So you’re not quite sure which side he’s on. It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when actually he’s playing another. It’s the kind of character I like because it’s ambiguous and because you don’t know whether he’s good or bad. I like that area that isn’t black or white, I like the grays, because I think there’s just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line. (via ComingSoon.net)
So what he's saying is that he's merely playing a small role as a government agent that has the potential to grow into something more permanent and integral, with a profound impact on multiple superheroes and Inhumans.
Definitely not something we're at all familiar with.
But from the way Freeman phrases it, he's not quite the fundamentally white knight good guy that Agent Coulson is, but someone with decidedly darker motivations and possibly questionable morals.
I shall call him...Reverse Coulson.
Even though it's looking more and more like fan speculation is true and Freeman will actually be playing Everett Ross, the American Regent of Wakanda, or at least that character's live-action proxy.
What do you think? Is he playing Everett Ross, or will his character be someone completely new to the Marvel universe? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments.