Right as Avengers: Age of Ultron enters hype overdrive ahead of its release on May 1st, another Marvel film dealing with the fallout of that titular team’s impending adventure is ready for its close-up. Captain America: Civil War is pretty much ready to get in front of the cameras. Casting notices for extras (with many ethnicities being sought) have gone out in Atlanta with a shooting date of April 1st pinned down, though filming could commence even earlier than that (whether or not these notices are for first or second unit is unconfirmed). Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who also helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will return to direct. That film, along with Guardians of the Galaxy, was a high-water mark for quality in the Marvel movies, so it makes sense to be reasonably optimistic that Captain America: Civil War could turn out as well or even better than that entry.
We recently learned that Daniel Brühl would be playing Baron Zemo in the film and that a lot of bad shit will go down in Age of Ultron to get to this point. Robert Downey Jr. recently hinted at that conflict:
“It’s natural to change your views…The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”
Here’s the synopsis that went out with casting notices:
Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
Captain America: Civil War also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner. It hits theaters on May 6, 2016.