Can’t wait until 2018 for your next fix of the Avengers in action? Well, next year’s Captain America: Civil War should satiate your hunger pangs. An Avengers movie in all but name, it’s the most star-studded and character-packed Marvel movie without a Joss Whedon directing credit.
The movie finds the Avengers divided after the extensive collateral damage after Ultron’s attack prompts politicians to pass an act regulating superhuman activity. So, who’s in and who’s out of the much-anticipated sequel to the acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier…?
1) Captain America (Chris Evans)
In the movie, Captain America finds himself going head to head with Iron Man, with Tony Stark in favour of the new superhero bill and Cap, somewhat surprisingly, rebelling against the establishment. "Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody," says Evans, “and Cap, who's always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn't trust anymore. Given what happened in The Winter Soldier, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own."
2) Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr)
Originally intended to have a less significant role in Civil War, Iron Man’s part has been beefed up so much, he’s virtually the movie’s co-lead. Of Stark’s uncharacteristic stance on the whole superhero regulation bill malarky, Downey Jr says, "It’s natural to change your views. The main thing to me is... what sort of incident could occur and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues are in [Avengers: Age of Ultron] about where we might find him next.”
3) Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)
It’s understood that Black Widow has allied herself with Iron Man in Civil War, pitting her against her one-time colleague, Captain America. “She's trying to move forward,” says Johansson, “she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. I think we'll see parts of that in Cap 3 when we find her.”
4) Anthony Mackie (The Falcon)
Allied, of course, with his old mate Cap, "With Falcon and Cap, what's so great is there's a mutual respect. There's a soldier respect. What's great about [Civil War] is you get to see their relationship grow."
5) Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)
Jeremy Renner returns as Clint Barton, AKA master archer Hawkeye, after his meaty role in Age of Ultron. He's on Team Cap.
6) Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
Civil War is when we see the screen debut of Black Panther, a superhero destined for his own solo movie outing in 2018. Played by Get on Up’s Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther sides with Iron Man in the movie and, according to Marvel President, Kevin Feige, is being introduced in Civil War because, “we needed a third party. We needed fresh eyes who wasn’t embedded with the Avengers and who has a very different point of view than either Tony or Steve. We said, ‘We need somebody like Black Panther… why don’t we just use Black Panther?’"
7) Paul Bettany (Vision)
Vision was, for many, one of the highlights of Age of Ultron, so it’s good to see Paul Bettany back as the flesh and blood version of Tony Stark’s A.I. butler, JARVIS. “He’s dangerous,” says Bettany of Vision. “You don’t know if he’s going to go one way or another. I’m continuing that theme in Captain America 3.”
8) Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch)
Now a full-time member of the Avengers, Scarlet Witch is back, but, according to Elizabeth Olsen, is still finding her way in the world. “She’s confused, she’s conflicted, says the actress. “She’s found some people she thinks she connects with, but she’s doing alright. They released images of Team Cap and Team Iron Man. She wasn’t there. She’s always the wild card.”
9) Paul Rudd (Ant-Man)
Much of the success of Ant-Man was down to the ever-likeable Paul Rudd’s funny and warm performance, and it’ll be interesting to see how he slots in the wider Marvel universe when he pops up in Civil War. We do know he’s on Cap’s side, but, according to Anthony Mackie, that doesn’t mean things have cooled between Ant-Man and Falcon since their scrap in Ant-Man. "Yeah, our relationship is… yeah," says Mackie. "It grows in Civil War… But that’s Paul Rudd, man. Paul Rudd and I just make fun of each other all the time, so it just carries over into the movie.”
10) Tom Holland (Spider-Man)
Spider-Man finally joins the official Marvel movie universe in Civil War with a newly cast Tom Holland as the teenage webslinger. Apparently, Spidey is undecided in Civil War as to which side he’s on. How big a role he has in the movie is currently unknown, but we do know that young Brit Holland makes his first bow proper in Sony/Marvel’s rebooted Spider-Man movie in 2017.
11) William Hurt (Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross)
Hurt makes his second MCU appearance here as the grizzled US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, whom we first met when he was a US army general in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk.
12) Don Cheadle (War Machine)
Tony Stark’s old US Air Force pal, who took on the mantle of War Machine in Iron Man 2, is, of course on Team Iron Man.
13) Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier)
Returning after his turns in both Captain America movies is Cap’s WWII buddy-turned-ageless assassin Bucky Barnes, AKA The Winter Soldier.
14) Daniel Brühl (Helmut Zemo)
A popular villain from the Marvel comic book universe, the evil, Nazi-sympathising scientist will be brought to life in Civil War by Rush’s Daniel Brühl, who, it appears, won’t be wearing the character’s distinctive scarlet mask. Boo.
Captain America: Civil War comes to Cineworld on 29th April 2016.