When the announcement was made that "Sherlock" star Martin Freeman had joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an undisclosed role in "Captain America: Civil War," theories began spinning around the Internet as fans did their level best detective work in an attempt to figure out who the actor was playing.
"He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes' power, I suppose. So you're not quite sure which side he's on. It looks a little bit like he's playing one game when actually he's playing another. It's the kind of character I like because it's ambiguous and because you don't know whether he's good or bad. I like that area that isn't black or white, I like the grays, because I think there's just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line."
Marvel, for its part, remains mum on how Freeman's character fits into the studio's plans, though the description Freeman offers does appear to narrow down the field of existing characters somewhat. Henry Gyrich is a Marvel character famous for making the Avengers' lives miserable throughout his career as the team's official government liaison, going so far as to attempt to shut the team down completely on several occasions. Another possibility is Everettt Ross, the American regent to Wakanda assigned to keep tabs on the Black Panther, another Marvel character making his movie debut in "Civil War."
One thing seem certain -- Feeeman's interview appears to do away with a rumor that surfaced earlier in the summer, theorizing that the actor's role was hinted at in some dialogue from "Avengers : Age of Ultron." The belief at the time was will play Edward Chase, the Prime Minister of England. He will reportedly get involved after a mission involving Captain America and British soldiers goes wrong and will be one of the key figures putting pressure on Iron Man and the government to pass the hero-controlling law that sparks the titular civil war. However, taking Freeman's recent description of his role as a man working for the U.S. government, that theory would appear to no longer sync up.