With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
In the aftermath of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks very different than it looked as recently as last week. Certain heroes remain friends, some are missing in action, and at least one is dead and gone.
Although the gang won't officially unite again until the two-part "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018 and 2019, Marvel is sneaking a secret "Avengers" movie onto the schedule in the form of "Captain America: Civil War." Yeah, yeah, it's technically a "Captain America" movie — but it's a "Captain America" movie starring
Let's look at the roster: Chris Evans is obviously in it, given that he's, you know, Captain America. We also know Robert Downey Jr. is flying into the picture as Tony Stark, ready to cause all kinds of problems for Cap. Also along for the ride: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye… and these are just the people we know about! Heck, that's not even all the people we know!
So, yes, it's called "Captain America: Civil War," but it's an "Avengers" movie. Even the "Age of Ultron" cast is ready to admit that "Civil War" is going to be one of Earth's mightiest movie events, or at least one of its most star-studded.
"There are a lot of people in 'Cap 3,'" said Evans when he spoke with MTV's Josh Horowitz about the upcoming movie. "It's to help jump off into the next 'Avengers: Infinity War.' 'Cap 3' will be the set up for the real battle."
In other words, "Civil War" pushes the ball further down the field between the band-breaking "Age of Ultron" and the reunion tour of "Infinity War," when the team needs to come together to stop Thanos from Infinity Gauntlet-ing our planet into submission... assuming we still have a team to assemble when "Civil War" is all said and done.
As for which side of the battlefield you can expect to see everyone on? Don't even bother asking. For their part, Johansson and Renner both know exactly where we'll see Widow and Hawkeye land on the issues dividing Cap and Iron Man, but they're contractually obligated to keep that info under lock and key. These guys aren't super-spies for nothing!
Still, some Avengers don't even have a dog in this fight — like Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, for instance. Both heroes are uninvolved in "Civil War," at least as of now. Russo brothers, it's never too late to call in the Jade Giant. Just saying.
"Captain America: Civil War" hits theaters on May 6, 2016.