'Captain America: Civil War' Starts Shooting Any Minute; New Casting and Story Details

Monday, 23 March 2015 08:17 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Captain America: Civil War' Starts Shooting Any Minute; New Casting and Story Details

While the world surfs the Avengers: Age of Ultron hype-wave, Marvel Studios is waxing up its surfboard for next summer's superhero slugfest, Captain America: Civil War.

Filming on the sequel is set commence within the next two weeks, kicking off in Atlanta, Georgia by April 1st and marking the start of a production that will stop by Puerto Rico and Berlin.  As the filmmakers slide through the final stretch of pre-production, some fascinating details have emerged from the sequel.

This is a followup to last year's hugely successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it's set to be the biggest solo adventure the studio has attempted.  In fact, solo isn't really the right word, since Cap (Chris Evans) will be joined by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Hawkguy (Jeremy Renner), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Spider-Man (TBD), and the villainous Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).

Those are just the characters confirmed so far.  There are so many superheroes in Civil War, in fact, that the film has been referred to as Avengers 2.5 within Marvel, according to Devin at Badass Digest.  There are plenty of rumors claiming that even more Avengers like Thor and Hulk will also appear.  Take those with a grain of salt, though; this May's Avengers sequel is more likely to send Thor off to Asgard for 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, so don't expect any hammer-throwing.

As in the comic book event from it takes its title, Captain America: Civil War pits Earth's Mightiest Heroes against each other.  The first synopsis of the story, which went out with casting notices, sticks to the basics of the comic story but removes the secret identity aspect since heroes in the MCU don't have them, by and large.

The synopsis sounds like this: “Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.”

Speaking of casting, Tammy Smith Casting (by way of Comic Book Movie) has issued a call for extras.  The production is looking for "upscale men and women," "military men," "college students," and, most intriguingly, "African men and women."

Specifically, the Captain America: Civil War extra search specifies "Nigerian, Ethiopian, Kenyan, etc in casual clothes or ethnic wardrobe."  This implicitly confirms that Wakanda is a setting in Civil War, something everybody was already guessing based on the participation of Black Panther, the Wakandan prince T'Challa to be played by Boseman.  The advanced African nation is set to be introduced to the MCU in Avengers: Age of Ultron, so this news cements out impression that Civil War is as much an Avengers sequel as a Captain America followup.

That said, Robert Downey Jr. has made it clear that Cap 3 is still the Steve Rogers show, with Tony Stark playing a supporting role.

RDJ also commented on the fact that Iron Man's an antagonist in Captain America: Civil War, saying, "It’s natural to change your views. The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss [Whedon] brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?"

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