~Matt Key

PRODUCTION HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED ON CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR!

They’re in Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios for now before embarking on any number of other locations including “Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.” But, we all knew that they’d have to start filming the movie eventually, so the fact that they’re filming isn’t really such big news. What is big news is the press release that announced the inclusion of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and William Hurt reprising his role as Thunderbolt Ross. Remember him, from the oft-forgotten Ed Norton-starring movie The Incredible Hulk, from 2008? Remember that film?

Interestingly, Thunderbolt Ross, one of the Hulk’s biggest bad guys, turns into the Red Hulk in later incarnations so, is it possible that with Bruce in hiding, Marvel is bringing in some sweet, sweet Red Hulk action?

And Ant-Man being included in the mix? Is he on Stark’s side? On Cap’s side? What happens in the up-coming Ant-Man film that propels him into the Civil War film? It’s exciting to think about seeing him next to the Avengers for the first time. Well… most of the Avengers at the very least.

The Press Release also mentions Martin Freeman and Daniel Bruhl as members of the cast, though their roles are still not fully disclosed. It’s been rumored that Bruhl is playing long-time Captain America nemesis Baron Zemo, but we still don’t have official confirmation of that. The press release also further confirms that Chadwick Boseman will be making his first appearance as T’Challa, The Black Panther, in this film.

Here’s the rest of the cast, which we already knew about, more or less:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man,

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow,

Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier,

Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon,

Paul Bettany as The Vision,

Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye,

Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13,

Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones.

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“‘Captain America: Civil War’ picks up where ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.”

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