We all expected Captain America: Civil War to be huge, especially given the nature of its story, but with recent cast announcements the film is shaping up to be an Avengers movie in everything but title.Things got off to a good start with the announcement that the same creative team behind the excellent Captain America: Winter Soldier (directors Anthony Russo & Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely) would be responsible for the sequel. Then came the bombshell of the actual storyline - a war between Iron Man on one side and Captain America on the other. If that wasn't enough, Marvel and Sony agreed to include a newly cast Spider-man in the film before starring him in his own movie in 2017. This necessitated a change in Marvel's release plans for Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe, with the upcoming Ant-Man finishing the second phase and Captain America: Civil War kicking off the third.
The recent Avengers: Age of Ultron felt like a sequel to Captain America: Winter Soldier, so it isn't really a surprise that the third Captain America movie is essentially a sequel to the second Avengers outing. It will undoubtedly set the stage for the next few Marvel movies, leading up to Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2. This connection was cemented when the Russos, Markus and McFeely were all confirmed as writers and directors of Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2 and the epic scope of these films was emphasised when the Russos announced that they would shoot parts of Captain America: Civil War with the latest IMAX cameras and all of Avengers: Infinity War films.
However it's the casting news that's really got us excited. Along with Captain America, Iron Man and Spidey (who has yet to be cast), we also get the return of Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Sharon Carter, Crossbones and the Winter Soldier. New to the mix will be Paul Rudd's Ant-Man and Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, who will get his own film in 2018; along with Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo and Martin Freeman in an as yet unannounced role. That's a hell of a lot of characters to cram into one film and the talented Joss Whedon had enough trouble juggling all the characters in his Avengers movies. We certainly hope the creative team are up to the task and suspect that they are but we'll find out for sure in May next year.
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