Empire has generously shared some juicy new details and awesome images from the magazine’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War feature article. This includes the best look anyone’s had at Crossbones (Frank Grillo) since Disney’s D23 EXPO last August. I’m still thinking about the fight scene between Crossbones and Captain America (Chris Evans) that Marvel Studios showed off during that presentation. As cool as it is, the Crossbones image is not Empire’s most revealing detail about the film.
With all the superhero fisticuffs going on in the trailer and “Big Game” spot, it’s easy to forget that Martin Freeman will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. As we are reminded of his impending presence, we now learn (officially) that Freeman is playing Everett Ross. He will be part of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, likely the agency in pursuit of Cap and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) when the two go on the run.
The trailers make it pretty clear that Bucky, based on his past as The Winter Soldier, is blamed for a major and likely murderous international incident. Cap, with Bucky till the end of the line, will be trying to protect his pal from the likes of Ross and his soldiers. Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) is shown next to Ross in the above image. She was probably assigned to the JCTC by the Central Intelligence Agency, her post-S.H.I.E.L.D. employer, as shown in the closing moments of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She’s a sure bet to break rank and join Team Cap.
Ross and Carter are flanked by a German SWAT team. Cap has a lot of World War II history in Germany, where some principal photography actually took place, and director Joe Russo told Empire that his return will bring things “full circle” for the First Avenger.
Beyond Captain America: Civil War, the confirmation that Freeman is playing Ross sets the actor up for more MCU appearances. In the comics, Ross is an American citizen and a Regent of Wakanda. Essentially, he is the U.S. government’s expert on the fictional nation first mentioned in last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Wakanda, in addition to being the world’s leading/only source of vibranium (the stuff Cap’s shield is made of), is also the home of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Ross is probably the character who gets Black Panther involved in the fight between Cap and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), since we can see that Black Panther is part of Team Tony for at least part of the film. Ross’ Wakanda connection could mean we will see him again in the solo film, Black Panther, due February 2018.
Empire shared additional images including Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), a Cap and Tony face-off, and the very cool subscribers-only cover to this week’s issue.