There will be more Avengers in Captain America Civil War, than in Avengers: Age of Ultron
If you’ve been following any of the news about Captain America: Civil War, you know that there are going to be a whole lot of Marvel characters in the film. A whole lot.
We already knew that, but a freshly released synopsis and cast list for the film confirms that there are even more characters in the movie than we thought. Far more so even than in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Given that this article is about the characters appearing in Civil War, it should go without saying that there are minor spoilers for that film. Nothing major, and God help you if you are a Marvel fan and hope to remain completely unspoiled for this film, but consider this fair warning.
There are also a few bits of info that some may consider very minor Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers in the official Civil War synopsis. It is so minor you may miss it, especially if you have seen the plethora of ads and trailers, but again, if you have made it this far without spoiling anything turn back now and go see Age of Ultron before reading this.
Besides, it’s a good film. You should see it regardless.
Ok, on to the casting news.
Captain America: Civil War already has a huge cast. Before this recent casting news, the cast of Marvel characters heroes included: Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
On the villain side, the film will feature headliners Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) and Crossbones (Frank Grillo). Possibly others as well, but those two are confirmed (technically Marvel has not confirmed that Bruhl will play Baron Zemo, although others connected to the film have).
And those are just the heroes and villains. Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) will return, and Martin Freeman will appear in an unnamed role.
If this were an infomercial, this is the part where the host would scream “but wait, there’s more!”
Along with all those listed above, the recently released cast list also confirms the following characters: The Vision (Paul Bettany) War Machine (Don Cheadle), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
At this point it is barely even a Captain America movie. The only major Marvel film heroes not appearing are Thor, Hulk, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. And given that this will be the first appearance of William Hurt as General Ross since The Incredible Hulk, there is a chance we will see Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo).
Many of the characters may appear in what is essentially a glorified cameo, but that is still a lot of Avengers in a non-Avengers movie.
If you are keeping track at home, the list of confirmed past and future Avengers that will appear in Civil War is at 11 – 12 if you count Spider-Man. Avengers: Age of Ultron only had eight.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
There is so much stuffed into this movie, it’s surprising that it is all one film and not split into two. Along with pitting Marvel heroes against each other, it will serve as the launching pad for two of Marvel’s biggest heroes, Spider-Man and Black Panther. It may even set the stage for a possible Thunderbolts team.
In the comics, the Thunderbolts are a team of villains, similar to DC’s Suicide Squad in many ways. The team has had several incarnations, but General Ross, Crossbones, and Baron Zemo have all been associated at one point or another. Hawkeye was also briefly a member, and the team has interacted with several others. If Marvel is looking far ahead, a Thunderbolts movie would be definite possibility down the road – especially if Warner Bros. Suicide Squad does well.
It looks more and more like Civil War is less of a Captain America sequel, and more of a “Marvel Presents” type movie, just with a proven name in the front. Some have taken to calling it Avengers 2.5, but that isn’t really accurate. It goes way beyond that.
That is an awful lot for one movie. It doesn’t have a lot of time to get everything together either. Filming just began, giving it almost exactly one year to film everything and add all the effects.
Can Marvel throw all of that into one movie and still pull out a winner? We’ll find out when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2015.