Marvel Studios has announced the start of production on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, GA. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR returns Chris Evans in the title role along with Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. There are many more interesting names in the film’s massive cast, some of which we already knew and others we did not.

The previously announced or at least assumed players are Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), The Vision (Paul Bettany), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Jim Rhodes/War Marchine (Don Cheadle), and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), all of whom can be seen in Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, now in theaters. Additional returning players from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER include Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) and Brock Rumlow/Crossbones (Frank Grillo).

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR will also mark the previously announced Marvel Cinematic Universe debuts of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, along with Daniel Brühl and Martin Freeman. The announcement does not include character names for the latter two actors, but Brühl has already spilled the beans that he will play Baron Zemo.

All names mentioned in the announcement are noteworthy, but a couple standout as very nice surprises. Paul Rudd, who is about introduce audiences to Scott Lang/Ant-Man in Marvel’s ANT-MAN, will reprise the role in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Perhaps he’ll be joining the ranks of The Avengers before too long.

The other surprise is a rather significant return. William Hurt will be back as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, a character we’ve not seen since 2008’s THE INCREDIBLE HULK, Marvel Studios’ second film. Other than Bruce Banner, characters from that movie have not had much of a presence in the MCU, but “Thunderbolt” Ross is a perfect addition to the political powder keg that will have certain Avengers at odds with one another.

Marvel has also included a brief synopsis to give us a better idea of what issues tune up the war drums.

“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.

The cinematic spin on the Superhero Registration Act that incited Marvel Comics’ CIVIL WAR is to essentially make The Avengers an on-call super hero service and likely prohibit any action from the team without authorization from this governing body. That’s obviously not going to sit well with those who feel they ought to help as soon as the need arises and not just when bureaucrats provide approval.

So long as Brühl hasn’t been pulling everyone’s leg, he must be the “new and nefarious villain,” Baron Zemo. A long-time and even multi-generational villain in Captain America and Marvel Comics, Baron Zemo is a formidable foe for The Avengers on their best day. The challenge he presents will grow exponentially when he attacks them on their worst.

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, will be released on May 6, 2016.

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON
MARVEL’S “CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR”

Principal Photography Begins in Atlanta
For May 6, 2016 Release

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (May 7, 2015) – Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on “Captain America: Civil War,” the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.

Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”). The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as The Vision, Jeremy Renner (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Godzilla”) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

After his debut in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man,” ”Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in “Captain America: Civil War.”

The film also includes outstanding additional cast, including Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Get on Up”) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Revenge”) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Bourne Ultimatum”), Frank Grillo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Warrior”) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt (“A History of Violence,” Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk”) as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”).

“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.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Elysium”), production designer Owen Paterson (“Godzilla,” “Matrix”), and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1941, “Captain America: Civil War ”continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” on November 4, 2016, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” onMay 5, 2017, and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” on November 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios most recently continued its unprecedented success with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015. The film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has been released.