When the official cast for Captain America: Civil War was announced, it was pretty awesome to see all those talented names stacked up on top of each other. While we were expecting most of them, one caught the attention of fans more than the rest, Martin Freeman. The actor best known for his work in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy as Bilbo Baggins and BBC’s Sherlock as Dr. Watson (alongside Marvel’s new Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch), there’s no doubt that seeing him join the film raised a ton of eyebrows. What kind of role could he be playing and how much of an impact would it have? Well, we now know as Empire Magazine has revealed the answer in a preview of their upcoming issue that centers on everything Civil War.
In a new image released by Empire earlier this morning, we get our first official look at Freeman (as well as Emily VanCamp as Agent 13) in Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic, where he’ll be playing Marvel character Everett Ross. In the comic books, Ross is a U.S. Government official traditionally involved in the world of Black Panther and his home of Wakanda. With Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) being introduced in Civil War leading into his own standalone movie, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see Freeman’s Ross follow him. The article also reveals that Ross is part of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre (JCTC), who “will be trying to keep a tight rein on the like of Cap and Bucky.” With S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the picture (for now) and Nick Fury into the wind following Avengers: Age of Ultron, it makes sense that another governing-type organization would step in and oversee the actions of the Avengers. Now the question becomes, which side are they really on?
Alongside the new image above, Empire has also released three other exclusive stills, two of which feature solid looks at Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Frank Grillo’s villain Crossbones. With the new issue hitting shelves here pretty soon, look out for more juicy new details and looks at the film in the coming weeks. Until then, I dare ask the question, which side are you on? #TeamCap. Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6th, 2016.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.