Paul Rudd's Ant-Man and William Hurt's General Ross Confirmed For CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Production has officially begun on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, and earlier this morning, we wrote about how Emily VanCamp would be returning as Agent 13 in the clash between superheroes. But she's not the only actor who will be added to the mix: Paul Rudd's Ant-Man and William Hurt's General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross will appear in the film as well. Rudd got his own little paragraph in the press release:
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.”
And casually mixed in with the rest of the cast is William Hurt, who hasn't appeared on screen in the Marvel universe since 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Marvel has distanced itself from that film by not including many references to it in the MCU movies since its debut, and for good reason: it's one of the MCU's most forgettable entries. When Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton as The Hulk in The Avengers, I assumed that Kevin Feige and the people at Marvel were just going to move forward without ever bringing any of those actors back until The Hulk got another solo film, but it looks like things are heating up enough in the MCU that it's time to call in the big guns. Ross' appearance makes sense, considering the Civil War comics centered around a superhero registration act, so there needs to be a government presence involved.
This is also the first time I've seen this official synopsis for the movie, which may or may not be new:
“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.
This film is already very crowded, but I suppose it will be good practice for The Russo Brothers since they will have the even-more-crowded Avengers: Infinity War to look forward to. Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6th, 2016.