As the title may suggest, Captain America: Civil War will be an adaptation of the Marvel comic book story arc of the same name that pits its title character against Iron Man, a friend and ally, over differing ideals of how The Avengers should be governed. Such an event would require more than just the amount of characters you would see in these solo films. This is an ensemble event, and as such you would need to bring major characters from previous films to go into battle amongst one another.
But you’ll also have to introduce some new characters, and Civil War does just that by adding Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Helmut Zemo (Daniel BrÃ¼hl), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and a mysterious character to be played by Martin Freeman. There were a few rumors surrounding Freeman’s character, one of the most notable ones being that he is a U.S. representative for the fictional African nation of Wakanda, where T’Challa aka Black Panther hails from. This has been confirmed in a brand new report. There are also a few new images to look at which feature Frank Grillo in full-on heavy Crossbones gear, Iron Man and Captain America looking into each other’s eyes, and Scarlet Witch conjuring some chaos magic. Check it out in the image gallery here below.
Empire was the first to break the news and release the images. They reveal that Freeman will be playing Everett Ross, a U.S. government liaison for Wakanda. At the time of his casting, the actor wasn’t able to reveal who he was playing, but he did provide some details about his character:
He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroesâ€™ power, I suppose. So youâ€™re not quite sure which side heâ€™s on. It looks a little bit like heâ€™s playing one game when actually heâ€™s playing another. Itâ€™s the kind of character I like because itâ€™s ambiguous and because you donâ€™t know whether heâ€™s good or bad. I like that area that isnâ€™t black or white, I like the grays, because I think thereâ€™s just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line.
We also have a couple of new looks at the film in the form of three images. We’ve already seen Iron Man and Cap do their staring contest, but there are two new images of Crossbones and Scarlet Witch.
Disney will drop Captain America: Civil War into theaters on May 6, 2016.
Marvelâ€™s â€œCaptain America: Civil Warâ€ finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two campsâ€”one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Starkâ€™s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.