February is almost over, and you know what that means—the “summer” movie season is about to begin. Indeed, blockbusters are arriving earlier than ever in 2016, as we’ve already seen with the massive success of Deadpool in February, and March brings us one of the biggest movies of the year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But Marvel Studios is sticking with what works, as their first superhero movie of 2016 will be released when the summer movie season traditionally begins: the first weekend of May. That doesn’t mean that marketing can’t kick into gear early, though, and today a couple of revealing new images from Captain America: Civil War have been released online.
Most notable of these images is our first look at the villain Crossbones, played by Frank Grillo. He first popped up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a regular ol’ Hydra agent, but his fight with Cap in that film has left him transformed, and the character now gets a comics-accurate costume in the sequel. We don’t know exactly how he figures into the follow-up, but seeing as how this cast is absolutely stacked and the central conflict involves Steve (Chris Evans), Tony (Robert Downey Jr.), and Bucky (Sebastian Stan), I wouldn’t be surprised if Crossbones only pops up in a minor role, perhaps as part of the film’s opening set piece?
Additionally, we’ve got another look at Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, who takes the side of Cap, Bucky, Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in the titular civil war, pitting her against Tony, Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). And a third new image previews a staring contest between Cap and Iron Man.
Check out the new photos below along with a new cover, all via Empire, and brace yourself for Phase Two of Marvel’s marketing campaign, which appears to be ramping up right now. Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6th.
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