'Captain America: Civil War' Bonanza! Scarlett Johansson! Agent Carter! Winter Soldier Connections!

Thursday, 15 January 2015 15:19 Written by  iamrogue
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'Captain America: Civil War' Bonanza! Scarlett Johansson! Agent Carter! Winter Soldier Connections!

Captain America: Civil War is shaping up to be the most crowded Marvel movie outside of the Avengers franchise.

Cap and Iron Man are going toe to toe in a knock-down, drag out, and there are plenty of heroes who fall into one camp or the other, from Black Panther to Falcon, Winter Soldier, Spider-Man and, as it turns out, Black Widow.  Maybe even Peggy Carter, too.

Returning Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed Natasha Romanoff's return in Beijing, telling Sina (by way of Comic Book Movie), "Scarlett Johansson will be back."

The directors also confirm Winter Soldier's involvement.  We've all been assuming Sebastian Stan would return as Bucky Barnes, but the amnesiac assassin's participation wasn't official until now. 

If rumors are to be believed, Black Panther may show up even sooner, but Chadwick Boseman is definitely playing T'Challa in Civil War.  Boseman's casting was one of many topics addressed by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, the duo who wrote both Winter Soldier and The First Avenger, during the TCA press tour.

“I’ll keep that one close to the vest,” McFeely said of Black Panther's role in the super-slugfest, “but I’m very gratified that they went with Chadwick and that he said yes because he’s a good get.”

Markus and McFeely are both writers and executive producers of the ABC series Agent Carter, which delves into the relationship between Peggy and Howard Stark, Tony's pop.  So does Tony Stark know the S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder and Cap's old ladyfriend?

“As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question [of who Peggy was to Tony Stark] has been in and out all over the place so who knows,” McFeely told IGN. “So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But we saw [Peggy] in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around."

Captain America: Civil War takes the part of its title to the right of the colon from a big crossover event in Marvel Comics almost a decade ago, but that doesn't mean it's a straight adaptation of the storyline.

“It’s been on and off the table for a while, let’s put it that way,” McFeely explained of the Civil War idea. “And it’s a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we’ve established, and everyone’s established in the MCU are serviced and sound correct, right? Because there’s a difference between the characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007. The MCU doesn’t exist [when it was written]. There isn’t a Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans who has helped create the character so we need to make sure that that template gets adjusted and what have you in order to make sure it services these characters and not just sort of rip off their parts and make them look like them."

Cap's second solo adventure was a big surprise last year, showing that Steve Rogers isn't second fiddle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stacking up as an action movie, to boot.

McFeely provided assurances that Captain America: Civil War is very much in the style of its predecessor.  "Every Captain America movie has a genre and Civil War is the musical," he joked. "I think part of the reason for bringing back us and bringing back the [Russo] brothers is because Marvel is very pleased with Winter Soldier aesthetically. I think it’s a really adult movie. It’s very well made and that’s partly the texture of the movie. You can argue it’s the most realistic of the Marvel movies, whatever that is to you. I think it’s fair to say that a Russo brothers movie will stay in that vein.”

Production kicks off this April, hopscotching from Atlanta to Puerto Rico to Berlin, according to Anthony Mackie, who is back as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon.  Daniel Bruhl, meanwhile is joining the sequel as a mysterious villain who might also appear in Doctor Strange.

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016.  Earth's Mightiest Heroes reunite before then, though, since Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives this May.

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