Captain America: Civil War - Official Synopsis & Cast Announced

Posted by The Daily Zombies Friday, May 8, 2015

With Black Panther making his cinematic debut, the likely first appearance of an All-New, All-Different Spider-Man, and the live-action adaptation of one of the most beloved comic book storylines in Marvel Comics history, how big can Captain America: Civil War get? You have no idea. Until now. 



With Avengers: Age of Ultron in our rear view mirror as we head towards July's Ant-Man, the de facto conclusion of Marvel Studios' box-office stomping Phase Two, we already knew that Phase Three is going to kick off with one hell of a bang. Apart from being the live-action adaptation of one of the most beloved comic book story arcs on recent history, the popular storyline will be depicting the all-out war between two groups of superheroes led respectively by fan-favorite Avengers (both cinematically and in the comic books),  Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark AKA Iron Man versus Chris Evans' Steve Rogers AKA Captain America. If that doesn't raise your enthusiasm in any ways, you probably shouldn't be here in the first place. And with Chadwick Boseman making his big screen debut as Black Panther, as well as the fact that we are pretty dead certain that the All-New, All-Different Marvel Studios/Sony-friendly Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man will be making his first-ever appearance in the film, there is simply no way that Captain America: Civil War can be even bigger than that. Until yesterday when Disney release an official press release announcing the beginning of principal photography for the third instalment of Captain America film series along with a most massive cast roll call.

Indeed, we can almost call the cast the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe on display with the obvious absence of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Chris Hemworth's Thor. Before we look at the official press release, let's just look at the incredibly massive roll call itself:

  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
  • Paul Bettany as The Vision
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  • Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  • Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13
  • Daniel Brühl (who accordingly revealed that he will be playing the role of Baron Helmut Zemo)
  • Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
  • William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
  • Martin Freeman (much-rumored to be playing Everett K. Ross)
Indeed, this is even more characters than Age of Ultron. Whoever has been calling this Avengers 2.5 is certainly not exaggerating the state of play here. We can certainly feel that Marvel Studios is giving Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a run of their money. 

While it is somewhat surprising that  Paul Rudd's Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man will be making his first collaborative appearance in the greater universe, it is William Hurt's appearance as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross that is the big surprise here since this is officially the first time Marvel Studios actually confirms the existence of their somewhat illegitimate child in 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Also of note is the continued radio silence on the role of Daniel Brühl as the antagonist role of Baron Zemo. And of course, the official inclusion of Martin Freeman in the cast (thereby creating the fan fantasy of BBC's Sherlock meeting John when Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange meet whoever Freeman is playing) but not indicating his role. 

With no further ado, here's the official press release in its entirety:


MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON
MARVEL’S “CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR”
Principal Photography Begins in Atlanta
For May 6, 2016 Release

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (May 7, 2015) – Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on “Captain America: Civil War,” the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.

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.”

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 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.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Elysium”), production designer Owen Paterson (“Godzilla,” “Matrix”), and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1941, “Captain America: Civil War ” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” on November 4, 2016, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on May 5, 2017, and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” on November 3, 2017.


Marvel Studios most recently continued its unprecedented success with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015. The film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has been released.

Here's the newly-released official synopsis of the film:

“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.

Captain America: Civil War is currently scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016 in 3D and IMAX.

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