With principal shooting starting at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Marvel Studios have released the cast list – and synopsis – for their upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie.
The film, to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, sees Chris Evans return as Steve Rogers/Captain America alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The cast will also include Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (Jim Rhodes/War Machine) and Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch).
Most excitingly, it has also been confirmed that Paul Rudd will appear as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, along with the Marvel Studios debut of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther.
Other notable additions to the cast include Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13), Daniel Brühl (Baron Helmut Zemo), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones), William Hurt (General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross) and Martin Freeman in a role yet to be confirmed.
The official synopsis for the movie also confirms the story we were expecting;
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.
So, what do we think of this announcement, folks? It’s great to see Marvel pushing so hard to make this feel like an ‘event’ movie, and the massive cast of characters – including the still-to-be-confirmed Marvel Studios debut of a certain friendly neighbourhood web-slinger – should definitely help with that.
Captain America: Civil War is set for release on May 6, 2016.