This week's Movie Monday Post comes in as a guest post. This guest post was submitted by Allison James.
By now we have a pretty good idea of what Captain America: Civil War will look like. The government is going to introduce policies meant to regulate and control the actions of the superhero community, which will cause a rift between the top Avengers. Wary of government intervention because of his history with S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA, Captain America will lead the Avengers who wish to remain independent. Concerned over his own actions (spawning Ultron) under his own authority, Iron Man will lead those who wish to embrace regulation.
It's a pretty interesting plot and a nice direction for Marvel to take the Avengers in. But because this looks more like an ensemble movie than a Captain America sequel, a lot of the focus has been on the number of characters involved. We know now how they'll be split up on their respective "teams." But do we really know all of the characters that are going to appear in this film?
The answer to that is probably yes—at least in terms of major roles. But Marvel loves its easter eggs and surprise appearances, which means we definitely shouldn't rule out a few unexpected cameos or new character introductions. And the following heroes and villains could conceivably be among the surprises.
The Hulk is probably the most popular rumour out there as far as surprise appearances go. Mark Ruffalo has said that his Bruce Banner/Hulk character was originally in the script for Civil War but was later removed (and reportedly given a significant role in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok). However, a recent blurb in Vulture told a different story. Evidently, Anthony Mackie (who plays Falcon and will appear in Civil War) said in a BBC1 interview that fans will get to see a number of actors "do really, really good acting." And among the actors he mentioned was Ruffalo. So for now it does seem as if the Hulk, or at least Bruce Banner, could still drop in on Civil War.
It's been confirmed that Spider-Man is making a debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War, with up-and-coming actor Tom Holland cast in the role. Indeed, this has been one of the most exciting aspects of the build-up to this film, and the Internet was recently worked into a frenzy when Spider-Man made his first appearance in the new trailer. Actually it was likely a stunt man who filmed a scene before Holland was even on set, but we nevertheless got a glimpse of the new suit and some Holland voice over action. At any rate, what we don't know yet is whether or not Spider-Man will have his own personal villain to contend with. It would seem unlikely if not for the fact that the Agent Venom character—a sort of soldier version of Spidey's Venom nemesis—has recently surfaced in some Marvel video games. Most notably, he's been introduced in Marvel Heroes, an online MMO game that frequently features characters that are about to appear in new films. It could be a coincidence, or it could be a not-so-subtle hint that Agent Venom will appear in Civil War.
Finally, Wasp is another character to be on the lookout for in Civil War. Somehow the fact that Paul Rudd's Ant-Man character will be appearing in Civil War has gone somewhat under the radar. But he will indeed be present, and we already know that his next solo movie will be called Ant-Man And The Wasp, presumably dealing with the introduction of his female counterpart, Wasp. But considering the fact that Civil War will mark the introductions of characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man before they appear in any solo projects, it wouldn't be too surprising to see some early signs of Wasp this spring.
None of these characters have been confirmed for Civil War, and it could be that the film comes and goes without any being included. But never underestimate Marvel's capacity to surprise.
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