Captain America: Civil War — Primer

9 Feb

What is it about?

Captain America: Civil War, a loose adaptation of Mark Millar’s storyline of the same name, follows Captain America as he leads the new team of Avengers in their mission to safeguard humanity. However, another international incident that results in massive collateral damage causes the world’s governments to install a system of accountability. The new status quo divides the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers, who doesn’t want to see civil liberties jeopardized and doesn’t want to see interference from governments who’ve dealt in shades of gray, and the other led by Tony Stark, whose arc has gone full circle from lone rebel to a person who believes in government oversight and accountability.

Synopsis: Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

What do we know?

Release Date: 

Captain America: Civil War will be starting off the summer movie season with its May 6, 2016 release date.


The Russo Brothers (Joe and Anthony) signed on to direct Captain America 3 after Marvel execs saw their work during production and after the impressive test screenings for The Winter Soldier. The Russos were apparently hellbent on adapting Civil War and adding Spider-Man into the mix, even though Sony and Marvel, despite being cordial with each other, didn’t have a deal to add the neighborhood friendly superhero into the film. Luckily, they were so far along into pre-production with the screenplay that they basically forced the studios into making the Spider-Man deal.

The Russo’s have said that this entry will take a darker, but different direction; a psychological thriller instead of another political thriller (even though there are plenty of political presences in the film). That being said, the duo said this film will be funnier than The Winter Soldier since not all characters, like Spider-Man and Ant-Man, are as invested in the main conflict compared to others.

Cast & Characters:


  • Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers / Captain America, our favorite star-spangled hero and leader of the Avengers, who’s still searching for his longtime best friend, Bucky Barnes.
  • Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark / Iron Man, currently retired from the Avengers but still bankrolling the team and facility.
  • Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Nastasha Romanoff / Black Widow, co-leader of the Avengers, dealing with the disappearance of Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk at the end of Age of Ultron.
  • Sebastian Stan reprises his role as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, Steve’s longtime best friend who turned into a brainwashed assassin but eventually rediscovered his identity at the Smithsonian during the post-credits scene in The Winter Soldier. His whereabouts seems to the center of the entangled web between all these characters.
  • Anthony Mackie reprises his role as Sam Wilson / Falcon, last seen joining the Avengers and helping Steve with his search for Bucky. He’s accompanied with a robotic drone named Redwing during missions.
  • Emily VanCamp reprises her role as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, last seen joining the CIA after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Don Cheadle reprises his role as Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine, last Bseen joining the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron.
  • Jeremy Renner reprises his role as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, who retired from the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron.
  • Chadwick Boseman makes his cinematic debut as T’Challa / Black Panther, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who’s on the hunt for Bucky.
  • Paul Bettany reprises his role as Vision, the A.I. formerly known as J.A.R.V.I.S. who turned into the android Avenger and is currently in possession of the Mind Stone.
  • Elizabeth Olsen reprises her role as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, the telekinetic Avenger who joins the team after losing her brother from Ultron in Age of Ultron.
  • Paul Rudd reprises his role as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, last seen being recruited by Falcon at the end of Ant-Man.
  • Frank Grillo reprises his role as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, leader of the S.T.R.I.K.E. team and agent of Hydra who survives the destruction of the Triskelion in The Winter Soldier.
  • Tom Holland makes his cinematic debut as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, the teenage superhero living in New York City who apparently catches the attention of Tony Stark.
  • William Hurt reprises his role as Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross for the first time in eight years, now the Secretary of State who’s shepherding the Sokovia Accords and is trying to use his influence to control the Avengers.
  • Daniel Brühl makes his cinematic debut as Baron Helmut Zemo, who’ll be loosely based off the comics and will have multiple names throughout the film. He won’t wear his iconic purple mask in the film, but that doesn’t he’ll never don it, since he’s expected to show up in future films.


  • Martin Freeman makes his cinematic debut as Everett K. Ross, a member of the Joint Counter Terrorist Center and potential U.S. government liaison to Wakanda. Freeman is expected to reprise his role in Black Panther‘s solo film in 2018.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow‘s 3-year hiatus from the MCU is over as she marks her return to the universe as Pepper Potts, the CEO of Stark Industries and Stark’s girlfriend.
  • Cobie Smulderis expected to reprise her role as Maria Hill, Stark Industries and Avengers employee, although it hasn’t been made official yet.*
  • Samuel L. Jackson should be reprising his role as Nick Fury, the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D.*
  • Marisa Tomei is expected to make her cinematic debut as May Parker aka Aunt May. It pretty logical given Peter Parker‘s presence in the film.
  • Mark Ruffalo is shockingly expected to make his presence in the film as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk, although it hasn’t been confirmed and we don’t know how he’ll factor into the film.



The teams for Captain America and Iron Man were leaked before the trailer came out, with the former being confirmed in the first trailer and the latter’s confirmation in the Super Bowl TV Spot.

Captain America obviously has his buddies, Winter Soldier and Falcon, on his side. Then there’s Scarlet Witch, who connected with Steve during Age of UltronHawkeye, coming out of retirement; and Ant-Man, who Sam was looking for at the end of Ant-Man. Finally, there’s Agent 13 aka Sharon Carter, who might be getting romantically involved with Steve Rogers, given the set photos of a certain person’s funeral.

Iron Man will have the people most associated with him, so count War Machine and Vision as allies. Black Panther, being the third point of view and not having much say in the Avengers’ conflict, joins Tony’s pro-government side due to his personal manhunt for BuckyBlack Widow, in a surprise twist given her close platonic relationship with Steve and Clint, joins Tony. The biggest wildcard in the comics, Spider-Man, will apparently join the team and is apparently a part of the airport battle that’s teased in the first trailer.

What have we heard?


  • Wait, Martin Freeman is in this already-packed cast?! Latino-Review has heard that he’ll be playing an original character named Edward Chase, the Prime Minister of England in this universe. According to the site, he was already name-dropped by Ulysses Klaue in Age of Ultron during Klaue’s introduction before Ultron intervenes on him. However, my gut (always reliable), Black Panther‘s presence, Freeman’s ability to play an affable character and his expected future presence makes me believe that he’ll be playing Everett K. Ross, U.S. State Department employee whose job is to escort foreign diplomats around American soil. The latter character CONFIRMED!
  • According to Heroic Hollywood, Marisa Tomei will make her debut appearance as Aunt May in this film. It does make sense since Peter Parker / Spider-Man will also be debuting here.
  • One name that was surprisingly missing in the press release was Cobie Smulders, who plays ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and current Stark Industries/Avengers liason, Maria Hill. However, the MCU Exchange says that she’s in the film and plays a small, but pivotal role in the ideological battle between Steve and Tony. The site says that she originally sides with Stark, but eventually betrays him and sabotages his suit during a key battle.
  • In the comics, Civil War begins when the New Warriors, a young superhero group, fail to prevent Nitro from self-combusting and results in the deaths of hundreds. We won’t be getting that introduction in the film, but Heroic Hollywood says that Crossbones will be the catalyst for the Sokovia Accords. The film starts off with Captain America leading the Avengers in apprehending Crossbones, who’s wearing a suicide vest packed with explosives. In order to prevent the death of civilians, Captain America orders Scarlet Witch to levitate Crossbones and is successful, but fails to prevent the massive explosion.
  • This rumor is probably the one that I’ll completely dismiss, but We Are Wakanda reports that William Hurt’s Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross will indeed hulking out into the Red Hulk. I highly doubt this.
  • According to El Mayimbe’s Heroic Hollywood, Black Panther is on the hunt for the Winter Soldier for unspecified reasons. It could be a frame-job by Baron Zemo since the first trailer teased an explosion at the United Nations facility in Wakanda.
  • The Russos have filmed three death scenes, according to The Hashtag Show, with some expected to be misdirection to avoid leaks but has one of those three characters to be seriously injured. The first trailer pretty much confirmed Don Cheadle’s War Machine getting severely hurt and that Falcon will survive to play a big role in Infinity War, but the show suggests that Scarlet Witch will be “fridged” and result in having Vision head off to space.
  • Fans have wondered if Civil War will adapt the end of the storyline, which climaxes with Captain America‘s assassination. According to and The Hashtag Show, three actors have shot the same scene where their respective character picks up the shield. They are Winter Soldier, which would mirror the comics; Falcon, the current Captain America in the new All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch; and surprisingly, Sharon Carter / Agent 13, who’s expected to have a bigger presence in this film. If Steve Rogers does indeed bite the bullet in this, then I would place my money on Bucky Barnes taking up the Captain America mantle. Plus, Sebastian Stan has a 9-film contract with Marvel and has only fulfilled two films so far.

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