Marvel has wasted no time when it comes to getting fans excited for next summer’s “Captain America: Civil War.” With “Avengers: Age of Ultron” not even a week old, the studio unveiled the official synopsis and cast list for 2016’s massive Marvel event. The announcement confirmed a few things we already knew: Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will head up the film, with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) rounding out the cast. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) will also make his debut in the film and Paul Rudd will return, making the film his second outing as Ant-Man following the character’s solo movie this July. Daniel Bruhl and Martin Freeman will also appear in unspecified roles and, as if that wasn’t enough, “Civil War” will also feature appearances by new Avengers Vision (Paul Bettany) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) as well as William Hurt’s General “Thunderbolt” Ross — a character we haven’t seen since 2008’s “Incredible Hulk.”
So, that’s a lot of actors. This cast has basically as many superheroes in it as “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which has led many to just call “Civil War” “Avengers 2.5.” But even with sixteen actors announced for the film, there are still some characters missing from the lengthy lineup that we really want to see in the film. Here are five more characters that need to appear in “Captain America: Civil War.”
Just looking at her three big screen appearances, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill is the character we’d vote Most Deserving Of More Everything. In the comics, Maria Hill is a take-no-crap go-getter with the guts to stand up to every superhero around, from Tony Stark to Cyclops. You can definitely see this intensity in Smulders’ performance, but her character rarely gets the screentime to cut loose; she always has Nick Fury to answer to. Yes, Hill got a hand-to-hand combat scene in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, but this is a character that deserves more, and she deserves to kick ass in IMAX. We want Maria Hill in “Civil War,” and we’d really love to see her give Tony Stark a piece of her mind.
Considering how overwhelmingly positive the reaction has been to Marvel’s first Netflix series, “Daredevil,” it would make sense for the studio to include the Man Without Fear in this film. So far we’ve seen a handful of big screen characters make appearances on TV (Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Sif), but eventually that trajectory is gonna have to be reversed. Matt Murdock, played with restraint and charm by Charlie Cox, should be the TV hero to graduate to feature film. Tossing in Daredevil, one of the few true vigilantes in the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, for a quick scene would quickly expand the scope of “Civil War.” Plus, if “Daredevil” Season Two drops in April, it could act as a great buildup to the May movie.
First, very mild spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “Age of Ultron” yet. While her role in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have been comparatively small, Dr. Helen Cho made a big impact on the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe when her technological knowhow helped bring the Vision to life. Her feature film debut even leaves her poised to return, as she’s working as part of the Avengers’ New York support staff along with Erik Selvig and Maria Hill. There’s definitely room for Cho in “Civil War,” specifically since Captain America’s team is lacking a big brain to combat whatever Iron Man cooks up. We also want to see Cho return because Marvel’s movies are noticeably lacking women of color; Cho is the first prominent WOC and Claudia Kim is only the second actress of color — after “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Zoe Saldana — to appear in a Marvel Studios movie. She should not disappear so quickly.
How can you have a movie this big and not include Nick Fury? This is the guy that brought the Marvel Cinematic Universe together, so he should really be around when it threatens to fall apart. Plus, even though he’s appeared in seven Marvel movies, fans really only got to spend considerable time with him in last year’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” That movie gave us our first full-on Fury-filled action scene (the Washington D.C. car chase) — and we’re eagerly awaiting another one. With seven appearances on his resume, it’s likely that Samuel L. Jackson’s contract is about to run out, so every one of his appearances needs to count. Considering how massive “Civil War” seems to be, this movie might make for a great eighth appearance.
You knew this was coming. Heck, at this point it’s basically a given — albeit an unconfirmed one — that Peter Parker will be making an appearance in “Civil War.” Rumors are flying that Marvel has narrowed down their ideal web-slinger to two actors and they’re prepping him to start shooting his first MCU film at some point this summer. Here’s the thing: Spider-Man was a big part of the “Civil War” comic. The hero joined Iron Man’s team and even unmasked in front of the whole world — something he had fought against doing for decades. Now, of course Marvel’s movie Spider-Man can’t unmask in his very first feature film, and we’d be surprised if the movie “Civil War” adapts any part of the comic story literally, or even at all. But if Marvel wants to introduce Spider-Man, a movie that questions the rights of heroes to act like vigilantes seems like the perfect place to do it. Just one request, Marvel: consider keeping the actor you hire a secret until the character takes off his mask for the first time in “Civil War.” Please?
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