Marvel can’t even let Avengers get two weeks in, much less let Ant-Man have its moment in the sun. No, it’s time to start building the hype around Phase III of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

It’s time for some Captain America: Civil War hype. If you look at the casting, there’s a serious argument this is doubling as an Avengers movie too.

What We Know

Captain America: Civil War Cast

Established Marvel Characters

You may want to take a seat for this. The film has started shooting and is adding cast members like mad.

Of course, Chris Evans is back as the titular Captain America. Robert Downey Jr. is joining him as Iron Man. The premise of Civil War is the friction between the two as they lead factions for (Iron Man) and against (Cap) a government superhero registration act.

Here’s Marvel’s official synopsis of the film:

“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.”

Other Marvel characters you have seen that will appear in Captain America? Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, and the new Avengers team teased at the end of Age of Ultron.

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The team Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Paul Bettany’s Vision, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.

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Emily VanCamp will be back as Agent 13.  Will we get her comic book backstory? I hope so.

Sebastian Stan will be back as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier. His role could be critical if the Russo brothers stick close to the Civil War comic book storyline.

Remember Brock Rumlow / Crossbones?  Frank Grillo is back as the corrupt SHIELD operative who was badly wounded in the final scenes of Captain America 2.

New Characters in Captain America 3

I know, this is already sounding absurd. So who is new in Captain America: Civil War? Well, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) will be in the movie. You’ll know his character by the end of summer 2015 thanks to the standalone movie, but for now? We don’t know his character.

Remember the random side trip to Wakanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron? It comes into play for Civil War. Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther will be caught in the middle as the leader of Wakanda. His movie comes later in Phase III.

William Hurt will reprise his role as General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross. Technically not a newcomer, because he starred in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Still, this will feel new to people, and unfortunately for Marvel, reminds people Edward Norton used to play Bruce Banner. Not Mark Ruffalo.

It wouldn’t be a Marvel movie without a villain. Daniel Bruh will be Baron Zemo, the leader of HYDRA for the film. In the comics, he also created the Masters of Evil (think the anti-Avengers).

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What we don’t know

Yeah, the cast list is insane. But, there’s additional members we don’t have specifics on. Martin Freeman was cast in the film, but his character is unknown.

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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury? We know he’s been in damn near every Marvel movie, but what about Captain America: Civil War? While not announced, the end of Age of Ultron leads me to believe he will be in the film.

Spider-Man. He’s the elephant in the room. Marvel fought like hell to get the rights back from Sony. He plays a pivotal role in the Civil War storyline. But, there’s no announcement. Will we see him? My gut says a teaser trailer will feature him.

So that’s the casting news. Now, what else don’t we know?

For one, how the hell are the Russo Brothers going to manage this? You thought Age of Ultron was packed with characters? The cast announcements take it to another level.

At the end of the day, this is a Captain America story. The additional characters should be on the periphery, or this will turn into a mess in a hurry. The Russo brothers kept the second film incredibly focused, so I’m leaning towards them doing this story justice.

How close to the comic books? If you don’t know how the comic storyline ends, stay away from the Marvel wikis.

Finally, Phase III. This film kicks it off and has one hell of a storyline to grab from. Will it be a continual setup leading to the two-part Avengers: Infinity War? If so, the team has to be knocked down so they can rise to the occasion against Thanos.

Mark your calendars for May 6, 2016 when Captain America: Civil War lands in theaters.

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