~Matt Key

EW.com has some nice new tidbits for us to chew on regarding Marvel’s upcoming threequel, Captain America: Civil War. More specifically, Hulk, Thor, Baron Zemo’s role and just who Martin Freeman is playing.

First of all, Hulk and Thor.

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 We’ve known for some time that they are not in the film, but screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have a very good reason why they will not be around. And that reason is mostly because — it’s Hulk and Thor. As Markus says, “You put those guys in a fight, it’s over quickly. It’s like, ‘Well, we have the Hulk on our side.’”

He then added, “You’ve got to kind of choose your roster depending on what kind of fight you want to have.”

So, let’s all stop those Hulk and Thor rumors right now. They’re both in Thor: Ragnarok, so let’s start speculating about that. Cool?

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But, Baron Zemo, as played by Daniel Bruhl, that’s a character we know is in Civil War, but we have no real idea why. The main conflict, up until now, has been Iron Man and Captain America fighting over the so-called Sokovia Accords, but he’s the villain dancing around somewhere in the background doing… what, exactly?

The article reports that he “goes by more than one name. Baron Zemo is just one of them.”

So here’s the question — does EW know something we don’t know, or are they referencing the fact that Baron Zemo has been two separate characters: Heinrich Zemo, a brilliant Nazi scientist, and his son Helmut Zemo. Helmut then went on to form two teams, the aptly named “Masters of Evil” and the heroic “Thunderbolts” team where he took on the mantle of Citizen V.

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Kevin Feige then went on to say of Baron Zemo, “I will say that his character is very much a product of the Cinematic Universe and all that has occurred within that universe up to this point.”

What does that even mean!?

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And then there’s Martin Freeman. We have no clue who his character is, only that he works for the government in some way. Beige offers up this new bit of information saying, “He’s under the cloak of secrecy. There are a lot of amazing actors in this movie. Some of them play larger roles than others. And in some cases there are some you will meet ever so briefly in this film and then will be expanded upon in future films. He falls into that latter category.”

A lot of people have speculated that he’s the liaison between the Avengers and U.S. government, Henry Gyrich. However, with this quote from Kevin Feige, saying that he’ll be introduced and then utilized more later on sounds like he could be Everett Ross, a character introduced in The Black Panther series and acting as the government liaison between the U.S. and Wakanda.

Of course, Feige could also simply mean that he’ll be Gyrich and that for all of Phase Three the Avengers will be under his scrutiny in some way.

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