New ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer, Meet Spider-Man

Let’s face it, Captain America: Civil War is just kicking Batman v. Superman’s ass when it comes to marketing itself.

A few criticisms of the BvS development and marketing include (1) They are cramming too many characters into one movie and (2) They seem to have told us the entire story in their trailers. Civil War is also cramming a lot of heroes into one film, at least 12 actually, but we are more than pumped about it because we’ve gotten to know these characters onscreen for a decade’s worth of canon. BvS is attempting to pull it all off in a one film.

Joining the mix, which we’ve been anticipating for months, is the new Peter Parker played by Tom Holland (Wolf Hall, In the Heart of the Sea). From what we see in Spider-Man’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, he seems to be aligned with #TeamStark. If I heard it right, Tony refers to Spidey as “Underoos” (ha, because he’s a kid. Do kids still wear those?). Spider-Man will be web-slinging into theaters with his own MCU reboot July 7th, 2017.

There are also a number of cool and conflicting things going on in the trailer.

  • Bucky seemingly taking out James Rhoades/War Machine.
  • Black Widow giving Stark the business.
  • Bucky vs. Black Panther – and bullets raining from a chopper.
  • Scarlett Witch putting Vision in a mystical submission hold.
  • CROSSBONES!
  • Ant-Man getting a lift from Hawkeye’s arrows.

It’s a good bit of fun.

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Martin Freeman’s Character Revealed and First Look at ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Villain

Say what you will about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the talent in their films is second to none. You have The Avengers, as well as Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, and eventually Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnorak. Then there’s the award winning Sherlock tandem of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

We knew already that Cumberbatch will be starring as Doctor Strange in his upcoming standalone film, November 4th, 2016, but now we have actual clarity on Freeman’s role.

Empire Magazine has confirmed that Freeman will play Everett Ross, the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre official that will help introduce Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) to the MCU. With SHIELD in recovery mode after the HYDRA breach, the JCTC is filling in as the new government entity/liaison to superheroes, like Captain America and Iron Man. Ross’s relationship with Black Panther may be why we see the “Prince of Wakanda” aligned with Tony Stark in Civil War trailers.

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Also making Civil War news today is Frank Grillo (The Purge 2, Warrior) and his first look for the film. Remember how Grillo’s Brock Brumblow turned on Captain America and SHIELD as a Hydra sleeper-cell? Well he survived a massive Helicarrier crashing down on him in Winter Soldier, assumed the identity as “Crossbones”, and is ready to exact his revenge on Steve Rogers and company.

Underneath the mask and armor, Brumlow should be ugly as hell with all his scars and burns. So far, Crossbones is the only actual villain we know about in the film, despite all the epic heroes turning on each other. He’ll have HYDRA backing him up for sure, but we’ll see who else might be working with Crossbones before Civil War’s release May 6th, 2016.

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Kurt Russell Confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

One of the big mysteries from Marvel’s 2014 breakout hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, was the question of who Peter Quill’s father is.

Wednesday morning, director James Gunn took to Facebook to announce the addition of one of his favorite actors, Kurt Russell, to the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Gunn also addressed rumors that Russell would play Quill aka Star-Lord’s father in the film on Twitter.

However, Variety reported that Gunn and Marvel studios have confirmed Russell will indeed play the father of the Star-Lord.

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If you go back to the Variety article, the “UPDATE” has been edited to say Russell has only joined the cast but the headline is still the same.

Also joining the cast are Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest) and Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop). Gunn has confirmed via Twitter that Klementieff will play Mantis is the film.

In the comics, Mantis has been a member of The Avengers. Her background is half-Vietnamese, half-German, and apparently Kree as well. She also seems to come with some conflict, so that’s fun.

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All returning for Guardians Vol. 2 are Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin.

Guardians Vol. 2 is set hit theaters May 5th, 2017. Coming sooner will be Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4th, 2016. Guardians will then lead into Spider-Man on July 7th, 2017 and Thor: Ragnorak on November 3rd, 2017.

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