The Hulk is probably sad right now since he’s one of the only Avengers not in Captain America: Civil War. Production is now underway in Atlanta on the third Captain America film (out May 6, 2016), directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and the cast list is like an all-star team of Marvel movies thus far.
Among the notables announced Thursday by Marvel: Paul Rudd, star of the upcoming Ant-Man (in theaters July 17), gets his first appearance alongside Earth’s mightiest heroes as thief-turned-protagonist Scott Lang, and William Hurt reprises his Incredible Hulk role as Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) are among the A-list carryovers from Avengers: Age of Ultron with others such as Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Vision (Paul Bettany), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon).
Civil War begins with the new team of Avengers introduced at the end of Age of Ultron being involved in another international incident with lots of collateral damage. There is political pressure to institute a way to keep superheroes accountable and a governing agency to determine when the Avengers should be called into duty. Not everyone takes so well to the news, as it divides the good guys at an inopportune time and just as a new villain hits the international scene.
Mackie is a holdover from last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier along with Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter) and Frank Grillo (Crossbones). And quite a few actors are making their Marvel debuts in Civil War including Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Daniel Bruhl (Baron Zemo) and Martin Freeman, whose character hasn’t been revealed. In addition to Atlanta, the movie — the 13th in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe — will film in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.