This post is part of the Marvel's Phase 3 series.

Age of Ultron has been and gone, you’ve seen Ant-Man, and let’s face it, Marvel’s Phase 2 was awesome, but what’s next? In this series we’re going to take a look at what we currently know about each of the films in Marvel’s Phase 3, discussing what we know from the comics, the already existing films, and of course a bit of speculation. So let’s get right into it, discussing everything we know about Captain America: Civil War.

All About Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

Overview

Set to come out in late April / early May (Marvel’s favourite release date), Civil War is kicking off Phase 3. It’s the first solo Captain America film since The Winter Soldier, a fanboy and general audience favourite, and it’s once again being directed by the Russo brothers, who received a lot of credit for their handling of the character Captain America (and everything else) in The Winter Soldier.

All About Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

In the comics

Civil War was a series that ran for seven issues from 2006 – 2007, and was written by Mark Millar, and illustrated by Steve McNiven, two of Marvel’s most trusted talents. After innocent people die in an incident involving low-level super heroes and villains, the American Government and S.H.I.E.L.D try to introduce superhero registration. This would mean the only way heroes are allowed to fight crime would be if they gave their secret identities over to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Unsurprisingly, this splits the Marvel Universe down the middle, with some heroes, led by Tony Stark’s Iron Man, happy to comply, and the rest of the heroes, lead by Steve Roger’s Captain America, believing they should still be free to fight in secret. The comic run split readers about as much as it split the heroes, and it featured the deaths of multiple big characters.

The main selling point of the series was that readers would pick a side they believed was right, and we can expect the film to do the same.

All About Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

Who’s in it?

Ok, deep breath… The film features many returning Avengers, including Chris Evans as Captain America (obviously), Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Don Cheadle as War Machine.

We’ll also see many other characters return, including Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13, William Hurt as General Thaddeus Ross and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. There will more than likely be more than this (perhaps Peggy Carter or Bruce Banner), but they make up the bulk of the returning cast.

If this wasn’t enough, there also is going to be some newcomers. This will be the first time we’ll be seeing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man, Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo, and Martin Freeman in a currently unnamed role. As I’ve already said, there will more than likely be more characters than this, but that should be enough to go on for now.

All About Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

What to expect

This is basically Avengers 2.5. Outside of any film with the word ‘Avengers‘ actually in the title, this is the most heroes we will see on-screen together… probably. There will likely be lots of hero-on-hero-punch-face action, as well as plenty of political drama. Hopefully both point of view will be fairly and equally presented, allowing people who watch Civil War the chance to pick their side, just like people who read the comic.

Which upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film are you most looking forward to? And don’t forget to check out the rest of our series on Marvel’s Phase 3.

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