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05.07.2015

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has just started filming over at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia and if you're an avid reader of JoBlo then some of this may not be news to you. We now have confirmation from Marvel about a few things we reported on last month. Namely, that Paul Rudd's Ant-Man will be making an appearance in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. If you want to know which side he'll be fighting on, as well as a few other tidbits, you can check out the original scoop HERE. Also confirmed is that William Hurt's character from THE INCREDIBLE HULK, General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross, will be involved in the mix.

WINTER SOLDIER directors Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to direct Cap's third installment from a script by WINTER SOLDIER writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. The roster of characters includes (but is not limited to) Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Elizabeth Olsen Scarlet Witch, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, William Hurt as General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross, Martin Freeman in an undisclosed role, and as of now, an unknown actor as Spider-Man. Whew! Now that's a hell of a line-up!

The synopsis is as follows:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR picks up where AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

For those who didn't get enough comic book hero goodness with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, CIVIL WAR is certainly shaping up to placate that need and then some! At the very least, it looks to tie over fans until INFINITY WARS arrives in 2018, as the next three Marvel films after CIVIL WAR (DOCTOR STRANGE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 and THOR: RAGNAROK) will probably not show us too many of the classic core characters. Then again, it's Mah-vel, baby!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

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6:50PM on 05/08/2015

BOOOO

They should've had Sam Elliot come back as Thunderbolt Ross. He is a better choice.
They should've had Sam Elliot come back as Thunderbolt Ross. He is a better choice.
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2:24PM on 05/08/2015
Friggin awesome that William Hurt went MIA in in the MCU until now, and yet he's back. I only hope they don't play up this level of spectacle and all these characters in it, then only have each of them be in it for 2 minutes. One thing Age of Ultron did really well was throw in plenty of supporting characters, but still give them ample time (War Machine being the perfect example).
Friggin awesome that William Hurt went MIA in in the MCU until now, and yet he's back. I only hope they don't play up this level of spectacle and all these characters in it, then only have each of them be in it for 2 minutes. One thing Age of Ultron did really well was throw in plenty of supporting characters, but still give them ample time (War Machine being the perfect example).
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10:08PM on 05/07/2015

Too many mutants/characters!!!

Oh wait. Those comments are only reserved for NON-Marvel films. Whatever happens, I hope the focus does not come off Cap, since it is his film. I don't need another Avengers until Infinity Wars comes out, thank you.
Oh wait. Those comments are only reserved for NON-Marvel films. Whatever happens, I hope the focus does not come off Cap, since it is his film. I don't need another Avengers until Infinity Wars comes out, thank you.
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11:45PM on 05/07/2015
This movie will absolutely be focused on Cap. By the end he is going to be assassinated and its Bucky's turn for a bit...
This movie will absolutely be focused on Cap. By the end he is going to be assassinated and its Bucky's turn for a bit...
4:44AM on 05/08/2015
Yes, those comments are reserved for non-Marvel movies that are rushing all their characters out without pre-planning, patience and character development.
Yes, those comments are reserved for non-Marvel movies that are rushing all their characters out without pre-planning, patience and character development.
9:37PM on 05/07/2015
If this directly follows Ant Man then Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly should be in it. Also, Iron Man's team will probably end up being called the Thunderbolts.
If this directly follows Ant Man then Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly should be in it. Also, Iron Man's team will probably end up being called the Thunderbolts.
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6:43PM on 05/07/2015
Daniel Bruhl will be playing the villain as Baron Zemo.
Daniel Bruhl will be playing the villain as Baron Zemo.
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5:49PM on 05/07/2015
Kind of a short shooting schedule for a superhero film ain't it?
Kind of a short shooting schedule for a superhero film ain't it?
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5:28PM on 05/07/2015

Awesome cast!

No matter if you like the films or not, Marvel always goes bigger in scope with each film. This is shaping up to be one heck of a movie. also love that the Russo bros. are directing. Wondering who Martin Freeman is playing though!
No matter if you like the films or not, Marvel always goes bigger in scope with each film. This is shaping up to be one heck of a movie. also love that the Russo bros. are directing. Wondering who Martin Freeman is playing though!
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5:03PM on 05/07/2015

The scope of this is insane.

I seriously don't understand how they plan to do this story justice in less than two movies? With the total bro-down that was the end of AoU you're looking at the introduction, acting out, and conclusion of this entire kitchen sink story in less than three hours. With all of these characters there's no way that many of them get more than a glorified cameo. If the Civil War comic series were a movie it would be 16 days long. This might be Marvel's biggest gamble yet.
I seriously don't understand how they plan to do this story justice in less than two movies? With the total bro-down that was the end of AoU you're looking at the introduction, acting out, and conclusion of this entire kitchen sink story in less than three hours. With all of these characters there's no way that many of them get more than a glorified cameo. If the Civil War comic series were a movie it would be 16 days long. This might be Marvel's biggest gamble yet.
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8:56PM on 05/07/2015
Agreed. Seems like the real complaints about AoU was that there was so much going on that a lot of stories didn't get enough explanation (Thor's whole hot tub thing in particular). Seems like their setting up a lot with this one (return of winter soldier, Tony v. Cap, crossbones, zemo, intro to spiderman, introducing the registration act which I think will have more of an impact on future solo flicks than we realize, and more). Unless this is 3 hours long I'm afraid it's going to get bogged
Agreed. Seems like the real complaints about AoU was that there was so much going on that a lot of stories didn't get enough explanation (Thor's whole hot tub thing in particular). Seems like their setting up a lot with this one (return of winter soldier, Tony v. Cap, crossbones, zemo, intro to spiderman, introducing the registration act which I think will have more of an impact on future solo flicks than we realize, and more). Unless this is 3 hours long I'm afraid it's going to get bogged down.
4:51PM on 05/07/2015

Spiderman?????

Is this confirmation of no Spidey in Cap 3 or is he just the one role that hasn't been cast yet? It would be kind of a waste if they finally got the rights to Spiderman and didn't even use him in a storyline where he played a significant part.
Is this confirmation of no Spidey in Cap 3 or is he just the one role that hasn't been cast yet? It would be kind of a waste if they finally got the rights to Spiderman and didn't even use him in a storyline where he played a significant part.
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4:57PM on 05/07/2015
Spider-Man will make an appearance, marvel just hasn't announced it yet or maybe they haven't found their perfect actor for it, also maybe they want it to be a surprise everything else is pretty much out in the open maybe they want to keep just 1 thing a secret ?
Spider-Man will make an appearance, marvel just hasn't announced it yet or maybe they haven't found their perfect actor for it, also maybe they want it to be a surprise everything else is pretty much out in the open maybe they want to keep just 1 thing a secret ?
11:48PM on 05/07/2015
Well we know whos side Spidey will be on. I wonder if they will give him the Iron Spider Armour eventually.
Well we know whos side Spidey will be on. I wonder if they will give him the Iron Spider Armour eventually.
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4:45PM on 05/07/2015
William Hurt! Yes! Christ I fucking love me some Marvel.
William Hurt! Yes! Christ I fucking love me some Marvel.
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4:45PM on 05/07/2015

I'm really starting to believe Martin Freeman will be the villain.

This NEW villain that everyone is trying to fight, while fighting eachother must be important.

This movie sounds like it will be as big a movie as Avengers 2.
This NEW villain that everyone is trying to fight, while fighting eachother must be important.

This movie sounds like it will be as big a movie as Avengers 2.
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4:55PM on 05/07/2015
I don't think I'm alone but I can't see freeman as a villian. Bruhel on the other hand yes I can. Maybe freeman will be an authority figure of some sort? advocating for only the creators know and we will all soon find out and yes, this is shaping up to be bigger then Ultron it's only gonna get bigger and bigger pal!
I don't think I'm alone but I can't see freeman as a villian. Bruhel on the other hand yes I can. Maybe freeman will be an authority figure of some sort? advocating for only the creators know and we will all soon find out and yes, this is shaping up to be bigger then Ultron it's only gonna get bigger and bigger pal!
5:08PM on 05/07/2015
He will probably be somehow similar to Simon Pegg in Mission Impossible, a bumbling bureaucratic type. I would love to have him as an unexpected villain though.
He will probably be somehow similar to Simon Pegg in Mission Impossible, a bumbling bureaucratic type. I would love to have him as an unexpected villain though.
4:30PM on 05/07/2015

Anyone else....

I don't think I'm alone and I'm surprised it hasn't really came up, but can the Vision have its his own film? I know for me he was one of the highlights in Ultron so id love to see a solo outing with Vision I mean I don't see why not! everyone loved the vision tell me I'm wrong!
I don't think I'm alone and I'm surprised it hasn't really came up, but can the Vision have its his own film? I know for me he was one of the highlights in Ultron so id love to see a solo outing with Vision I mean I don't see why not! everyone loved the vision tell me I'm wrong!
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4:29PM on 05/07/2015
Holy shit that is one awesome cast.I'm very glad to see Hurt back as Thunderbolt Ross. This can be a great opportunity to get to know more of the characters from the last films.
Holy shit that is one awesome cast.I'm very glad to see Hurt back as Thunderbolt Ross. This can be a great opportunity to get to know more of the characters from the last films.
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4:26PM on 05/07/2015
So while some people were sharpening their knives for Joss as the Widow/Banner story was unfolding ...there was me thinking... WTF...Banner...you love Betty...which then got me thinking about why no Incredible Hulk characters have shown up or been referenced (other than the Blonsky one in AoS) anywhere in the MCU since that movie. I'm really glad someone else is finally going to show up particularly as Incredible Hulk was my favourite MCU movie at one point. Shame Betty has effectively been
So while some people were sharpening their knives for Joss as the Widow/Banner story was unfolding ...there was me thinking... WTF...Banner...you love Betty...which then got me thinking about why no Incredible Hulk characters have shown up or been referenced (other than the Blonsky one in AoS) anywhere in the MCU since that movie. I'm really glad someone else is finally going to show up particularly as Incredible Hulk was my favourite MCU movie at one point. Shame Betty has effectively been written out of this universe now or so it would seem.

Also, first time I've think I've read the synopsis for Civil War but I don't like that it seems to suggest the Avengers bring about the need for the registration act when their identities are already known to the authorities - surely it would have made sense for the direct or indirect actions of various other heroes not part of the system to get the ball rolling - I don't know...something involving the new kid on the block who likes to climb walls being involved in a fight that had serious collateral damage - events from Ant Man, the Netflix shows and Aos all adding to the need to get these super powered people registered. Also, still perplexed as to why both Avengers' movies have had great serious exchanges between Stark and Rodgers only for them to makeup completely by movie's ends - why not let the un-meeting of minds fester?
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4:35PM on 05/07/2015
Maybe at this the end film the teams will come together and let bigons be bigons, and Evans did say that civil war will lead directly into Infinity wars, so eventually they'll have to be a team again, I think the friction between iron man and cap is fun to imo
Maybe at this the end film the teams will come together and let bigons be bigons, and Evans did say that civil war will lead directly into Infinity wars, so eventually they'll have to be a team again, I think the friction between iron man and cap is fun to imo
4:25PM on 05/07/2015

Civil War, VS batman & supes

We all thought 2015 was a huge year for movies but 2016 is looking to be as huge as well, I wonder who will come out on top CW, or BM & SM DOJ. civil war is shaping up to be even bigger then Ultron!
We all thought 2015 was a huge year for movies but 2016 is looking to be as huge as well, I wonder who will come out on top CW, or BM & SM DOJ. civil war is shaping up to be even bigger then Ultron!
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3:37PM on 05/07/2015

I have a question

Love this news! But I was wondering how others would feel if Marvel went back to Incredible Hulk and replaced that CGI Hulk with the current one and released it on Blu-ray? I know I'd buy it!
Love this news! But I was wondering how others would feel if Marvel went back to Incredible Hulk and replaced that CGI Hulk with the current one and released it on Blu-ray? I know I'd buy it!
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3:48PM on 05/07/2015
Even though there's nothing you could do about Edward Norton being in the film, I feel like this would make this movie feel a little more like it was part of the Marvel universe. I'd love to see the current Hulk square off with Abomination.
Even though there's nothing you could do about Edward Norton being in the film, I feel like this would make this movie feel a little more like it was part of the Marvel universe. I'd love to see the current Hulk square off with Abomination.
3:12PM on 05/07/2015
Quite the scale on this, love it. And thats not even accounting for Spider-Man and Martin Freeman's appearances.
Quite the scale on this, love it. And thats not even accounting for Spider-Man and Martin Freeman's appearances.
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2:54PM on 05/07/2015
That's quite a big list. I wouldn't be surprised if they add on to it. I'm guessing Daniel Brulh is the villain? I'm sure this movie will be awesome, but it seems wrong to have it marketed as a captain America film when it has more characters than the avengers.
That's quite a big list. I wouldn't be surprised if they add on to it. I'm guessing Daniel Brulh is the villain? I'm sure this movie will be awesome, but it seems wrong to have it marketed as a captain America film when it has more characters than the avengers.
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3:02PM on 05/07/2015
Crossbones is the villain in this.
Crossbones is the villain in this.
3:21PM on 05/07/2015
Sorry Soloist, Crossbones isnt the villain in this. Daniel Bruhls Baron Zemo is. Crossbones IS a villain in this but he is not the main villain.
Sorry Soloist, Crossbones isnt the villain in this. Daniel Bruhls Baron Zemo is. Crossbones IS a villain in this but he is not the main villain.
3:22PM on 05/07/2015
Bruhl is in also. Crossbones is more of a henchman isn't he?
Bruhl is in also. Crossbones is more of a henchman isn't he?
3:59PM on 05/07/2015
Crossbones is the "catalyst" villain, but not the main villain.
Crossbones is the "catalyst" villain, but not the main villain.
4:22PM on 05/07/2015
Wait. I thought Tony Stark would be a "villain" in this. Isn't he?
Wait. I thought Tony Stark would be a "villain" in this. Isn't he?
6:15PM on 05/07/2015
Stark vs. Rogers is the crux of this with the big bad playing more in the background. This won't be a conventional good vs. bad superhero flick, though.
Stark vs. Rogers is the crux of this with the big bad playing more in the background. This won't be a conventional good vs. bad superhero flick, though.
8:25PM on 05/07/2015
Shirey, that is the interesting part. The Russos started a refreshing cold war-intrigue style thing that got a bit hijacked by that big set-piece happening at the end. Hope this one goes more into the dramatic aspect and the smaller more street-level conflicts. Having Daredevil in it should help.
Shirey, that is the interesting part. The Russos started a refreshing cold war-intrigue style thing that got a bit hijacked by that big set-piece happening at the end. Hope this one goes more into the dramatic aspect and the smaller more street-level conflicts. Having Daredevil in it should help.
2:51PM on 05/07/2015

Holy crap

That's a huge line up, this movie is gonna be bigger than Age of Ultron. Glad to see Ross is back, I was wondering if he was ever gonna reappear. I was expecting to see a news segment with him after the hulk/hulkbuster fight. Good to hear Ant-man making an Avenger appearance sooner rather than later, I was hoping him and Spider-man would have been recruited at the end of Age of Ultron.
That's a huge line up, this movie is gonna be bigger than Age of Ultron. Glad to see Ross is back, I was wondering if he was ever gonna reappear. I was expecting to see a news segment with him after the hulk/hulkbuster fight. Good to hear Ant-man making an Avenger appearance sooner rather than later, I was hoping him and Spider-man would have been recruited at the end of Age of Ultron.
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2:46PM on 05/07/2015
Finally some acknowledgment that the Incredible Hulk still exists in this universe.
Finally some acknowledgment that the Incredible Hulk still exists in this universe.
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2:34PM on 05/07/2015
Very happy to see William Hurt will be returning as General Ross. I wonder if we'll see Red Hulk sometime down the road. And, excited to see Rudd will be appearing as well.
Very happy to see William Hurt will be returning as General Ross. I wonder if we'll see Red Hulk sometime down the road. And, excited to see Rudd will be appearing as well.
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2:32PM on 05/07/2015
Glad to see that Paul Rudd will be making an appearance in this, which gives me more confidence that Ant Man will be a good film and much better than we thought it would initially be once Wright left the movie.

And I'm glad that FINALLY SOMEONE will be in this film from Banner's side of the MCU. I've been waiting awhile to see when Betty and General Ross would be referenced and/or show up again in the MCU and the fact that William Hurt is reprising the role makes it even better for
Glad to see that Paul Rudd will be making an appearance in this, which gives me more confidence that Ant Man will be a good film and much better than we thought it would initially be once Wright left the movie.

And I'm glad that FINALLY SOMEONE will be in this film from Banner's side of the MCU. I've been waiting awhile to see when Betty and General Ross would be referenced and/or show up again in the MCU and the fact that William Hurt is reprising the role makes it even better for continuity purposes.

Still hoping that Daredevil makes an appearance in this as well.
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4:27PM on 05/07/2015
Banner likes black widow now not Betty Ross lol
Banner likes black widow now not Betty Ross lol
2:29PM on 05/07/2015

Having "Thunderbolt" Ross in the mix is...

damned interesting!
Must be some sort of present or future Hulk connection and kudos to them for getting William Hurt and not someone else. Continuity is job one!
damned interesting!
Must be some sort of present or future Hulk connection and kudos to them for getting William Hurt and not someone else. Continuity is job one!
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2:35PM on 05/07/2015
He's probably one of the main characters who suggests or gets the ball rolling with the whole registration act.

He obviously still wants to catch Banner after what happened in Incredible Hulk.
He's probably one of the main characters who suggests or gets the ball rolling with the whole registration act.

He obviously still wants to catch Banner after what happened in Incredible Hulk.
2:56PM on 05/07/2015
Love the fact that he's coming back. In the comic one of the big events leadign up to it was Hulk destroyign Las Vegas, resulting in him being sent into space. I don't know, but it's possible they could rework that story into the film as a big deal to the registration argument, which would then make sense for Ross to come back.
Love the fact that he's coming back. In the comic one of the big events leadign up to it was Hulk destroyign Las Vegas, resulting in him being sent into space. I don't know, but it's possible they could rework that story into the film as a big deal to the registration argument, which would then make sense for Ross to come back.
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