Captain America: Civil War has such a big cast that we could easily change the title to Civil War: Marvel family reunion. While I don’t think it’s a bad thing having all these heroes in one movie (especially because the Civil War comic is a crossover), what worries me is that all these faces will take away the importance of the Bucky/HYDRA issue. After everything that happened in Captain America: the Winter Soldier, it’s fair to say that what we are looking forward to the most is how the search for Bucky is going.
But exactly how many characters will be back for the Captain America vs Iron Man battle? Are they relevant to the MCU?
Answers: a lot and yes, yes they are!
Here’s the complete list, as announced by Marvel, and a bit about their characters to refresh your memory.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man:
By now everyone knows what the deal is between these two, and now that we have a new team Avengers led by Captain America, it’s just a matter of imagining how these two leaders will clash.
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow:
Natasha is part of the new Avengers roster. Does this mean she will take Cap’s side during the battle? We will have to wait and see.
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye:
At the end of Age of Ultron we saw Clint going back to his family. I’m curious to see what (or who) will convince him to get back in action.
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier:
Oh yes. That sound you just heard was a bunch of fangirl hearts racing. The last time we saw him was in the post-credits scene of Captain America: the Winter Soldier, visiting the Smithsonian exhibit on Captain America and The Howling Commandos. There he was, standing in front of his own memorial. The big questions are: where is he and has he regained his memory?
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon:
Our beloved Falcon is now part of the Avengers, and we couldn’t be happier. It seems pretty obvious that he will take Cap’s side but anything can happen. Also, he is the one who has been looking for Bucky while Cap attends some Avengers’ matters.
Paul Bettany as The Vision:
Yes, yes, yes! We will see more of The Vision in Civil War! This android half created by Ultron and half by the Science Bros will join either Cap’s team or Iron Man’s. Or, maybe, he will remain neutral. After all, and let’s be honest, he is probably the only Avenger that makes good decisions (and he is also worthy of lifting the Mjölnir). I am especially excited to see what he will do in this movie.
Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine:
Another member of the new Avengers. It doesn’t really matter that he is Tony Stark’s best friend, he could very well take Cap’s side on this conflict. If that happens, you can be sure you will have a heavy case of feels.
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch:
The other female member of the new Avengers. After the death of her twin brother Pietro, aka Quicksilver, I bet she will kick extra ass against whoever wants to mess with her and her new team. The Avengers sequel also gave us some hints at the relationship that might develop between her and The Vision (which, by the way, is 100% canon).
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man:
Yeah, it’s happening. Ant-Man’s first appearance outside his solo movie will be in Civil War and… well, I really don’t know what to say about this. We’ll have to watch Ant-Man before we can make any theories or assumptions. By the way, Ant-Man comes out on July 17.
Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13:
Peggy’s niece will be back in action. In comicverse, Sharon was Steve Roger’s sentimental partner. She was also the one who, along with Crossbones and hypnotised by Dr. Faustus, killed Cap after the War ended. Yeah, feels ahead, be ready.
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
Honestly, I can’t wait to see Grillo in full Crossbones mode. We know he will as the last time we saw Rumlow he was severely burned, and because Grillo has teased his transformation into Crossbones on his social media. As previously mentioned, he took part in Cap’s death after the War, so yes: he is a key character.
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther:
One of the best things about Civil War is that we won’t have to wait until 2017 to meet Black Panther. I’m hoping he will have an epic entrance, like the Vision’s in Age of Ultron but with a bit more badassery. Also, we already met his nemesis, Ulysses Klaw, in Age of Ultron, so we will see if there’s some connection or name dropping here.
Daniel Brühl (as Baron Zemo)
Marvel’s statement doesn’t list Brühl as Baron Zemo but it’s a widely known “secret”. Oh, friends, I could talk about Zemo for hours, but in short, he was a Nazi scientist whose buzzbomb ended the war for Cap and Bucky, seemingly killing both. When Cap came back, so did he, as he was hiding in South America. He formed a villainous counterpart to the Avengers called Masters of Evil. Later, his son (Baron Helmut Zemo) took his place under the identity of Citizen V and led a team of undercover villains called Thunderbolts. Whether he will play the father or son is unknown, but considering the timeline in the MCU and other factors, it all points to Baron Helmut Zemo.
William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross:
Oh yes. Looks like the MCU is not ignoring that The Incredible Hulk happened. Ross is the father of Banner’s love interest, Betty, and the man who has been trying to capture the Hulk for years. It’s important to note that it was thanks to Ross’ experimentation that Banner was exposed to gamma radiation and well, you know what happened next. Having him as part of Civil War will be quite interesting as the Hulk is currently missing. We’ll see if he can find him.
Oh, and he was later transformed into the Red Hulk in order to combat the Green Goliath, and was part of Zemo’s Thunderbolts at some point. Yes, there are so many things happening already!
Martin Freeman as… um, well. Not a superhero:
Civil War will be Martin Freeman’s warm welcome to the MCU. My Sherlock men are officially part of the MCU and that makes me happy, but… who is he playing?! Mark Millar (writer of the Civil War comic) has stated that Freeman is not playing a superhero or supervillain. The on-going theory is that he will play a “sort of interrogator” that will come back in Black Panther.
And that, my friends, is the cast of Captain America: Civil War.
Yes, they are a lot and there’s a lot going on already, but I have all the faith in the world in Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who also wrote the other two Cap films) and, of course, in the Russo brothers. Also, let us not forget that it will set everything for Avengers: Infinity War.
It’s going to be huge, epic and will most definitely makes us cry. It will be a good idea to start mentally and emotionally preparing for it.
Who are you most excited to see? Whose side are you taking?
Captain America: Civil War will be released on May 6, 2016.
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