Marvel is adding another star to Captain America: Civil War. Martin Freeman, best known to American audiences as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, has joined the cast.
Now, the speculation begins on his role. What we know of Captain America: Civil War is the film is adapted from the 2006 comic book storyline that has Avenger against Avenger.
Government forces, having seen what superheroes can do, want them to register. Steve Rogers (Captain America) opposes the registration act. Tony Stark (Iron Man) supports it and both lead factions against each other.
Both Black Widow (Johansson) and Hawkeye (Renner) will appear in the film. Civil War will also be the first film for Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. The side trip to Wakanda in Age of Ultron was to set up his character’s reveal in Captain America and the Black Panther standalone in 2018.
Yes, Age of Ultron felt like one big set up piece for Phase III of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Martin Freeman in Captain America
The best speculation on his role in the film would be as a government official involved in the registration act. Sure, Spider-Man is available to Marvel – and in the comics, was caught in the middle before revealing his identity.
I’m not envisioning Martin Freeman suiting up as Spider-Man, so the government role is sound speculation for now. Then again, could the role be a play to set the next Spider-Man film up? An Osborn maybe? His role could get interesting…
Currently, the film is shooting in Georgia, Puerto Rico and Germany. It is the third Marvel movie headlined by Chris Evans. Will it follow the comic book storyline? That would give the MCU a nice shake up as it heads towards the Infinity War.
We will have to wait until May 6, 2016 when the film releases. Let’s see if the Russo brothers can work their magic again on Captain America.