Martin Freeman is officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that makes us a super happy bunch. We Sherlockians are even more excited because now both our Sherlock men are part of the Marvel universe (remember Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange!).
Freeman will make his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War, and while his character hasn’t been officially revealed, we know he is not playing a superhero.
There are some theories and rumours floating around, like the one that says he will be playing a sort of “interrogator”, appearing also in Black Panther, but the latest rumour not only makes perfect sense but also connects with Age of Ultron.
Warning, potential spoilers ahead. While it’s still a rumour, it has the potential to be a spoiler. Read under your own risk.
Latino Review shares that Freeman is playing a character named Edward Chase, who happens to be the Prime Minister of England. Civil War will open with Captain America and the New Avengers on a mission where they will have an altercation with the British military. This unpleasant incident will prop the Minister to push for a global superhuman registration act to regulate the intervention of superheroes.
What makes this rumour truly exciting, is that we might have gotten a hint at him already, and we didn’t know. Let’s go back to Age of Ultron for a moment.
When we met Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis), we saw him talking on the phone with a mystery person. Right before Ultron crashes and creates even more trouble, Klaw delivers the following line:
“Now, Minister, where were we?”
Said Minister could be Freeman’s character, Edward Chase. This makes us think that Chase could be looking to get his hands on some pieces of Vibranium, setting a direct link to Black Panther.
While this could make Chase an instant villain, I highly doubt they will add yet another baddie to the mix; we already have Baron Zemo and Crossbones, plus whoever might turn to the dark side during the battle. My theory is that Civil War will help set everything for Edward Chase, and then we will see him in full villain mode in Black Panther.
That, of course, if this rumour turns out to be true! Sounds good, to be honest.
Captain America: Civil War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, is currently filming and will be out for our viewing pleasure on May 6, 2016.
What do you think of this rumour?
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