Marvel has announced the casting of Hobbit trilogy star Martin Freeman. The announcement doesn’t say what character Freeman will play, nor the extent of his role. Freeman joins a heavy ensemble that includes Captain America, IronMan, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlett Witch, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Crossbones, Baron Von Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), and the introductions of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man. The label Avengers 2.5 now seems appropriate.
This was a rather direct announcement in comparisons to typical casting rumors and speculation. However, Marvel has proven to attract big names like a Robert Redford and James Spader, with its unique story telling and compelling vision for characters.
Captain America: Civil War releases on May 6, 2016