[Potential SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War ahead.]
With currently only three months until the release of Captain America: Civil War in May, it seems fair to assume that we know just about how many Marvel Studios film characters are actually going to appear in the movie. Civil War will be perhaps the most crowded Marvel Studios movie to date, but as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow and Phase 3 gets underway, the size and scope of each film is (as a result) going to have to get bigger and bigger too.
Some may see Civil War as being more like "Avengers 2.5" than Captain America 3, what with all the superheroes expected to show up for the showdown between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) in the film. Furthermore, there's more and more evidence to suggest that will see a new side of certain Marvel superheroes - Scott Lang's Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), to be exact.
As revealed through Toy Ark, a Civil War Ant-Man action figure features a new costume that wasn't featured in the character's 2015 solo movie. While the costume features the same red and black color scheme as before, it looks like Ant-Man added new red shin guards and knee pads, along with black shoulder pads. He also has a new helmet that boasts larger "wings," instead of the smaller antennas featured in the Ant-Man movie. There has led to increased speculation that Ant-Man's new costume will allow him to appear as Giant-Man in Civil War, too.
If you're not familiar with the character, Giant-Man is Dr. Hank Pym's superhero persona when he grows larger in size, as opposed to smaller as Ant-Man. The difference is that Scott Lang never took on the persona of Giant-Man in the comic books, but there's a strong chance that he could grow bigger in size for the third Captain America movie.
There are a number of Civil War movie tie-ins that feature Giant-Man, such as a new Funko Pop figure and LEGO action set, so there appears to be a reasonable chance that Giant-Man will, in fact, make an appearance in Civil War. One could easily see that revelation or surprise during the movie's third act even. However, there won't be too much time to devoting how Ant-Man upgraded his suit to become Giant-Man, what with everything else going on in Civil War - including, the debut of the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), among other things.
Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Anthony Mackie on BBC Radio 1, the actor name-dropped Mark Ruffalo's name when he was talking about the amazing acting in Captain America: Civil War. The comment led many to believe that Ruffalo's Bruce Banner and/or The Hulk would be appearing in Civil War after all (despite denials in the past). Here's Mackie's original quote:
"It's Marvel's best movie so far... It’s really, really good. It’s because it’s more of an acting movie than an action movie. I feel like the story is very concise and interesting, and you get to see Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson and Mark Ruffalo and everybody just do really, really good acting."
While on Late Night with Seth Meyers a few days later, Mackie clarified what he said and admitted that Mark Ruffalo would NOT appear in the new movie. Mackie explained:
"I was giving respect to my fellow actors. I said Marvel movies are so great because they have great actors. Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. (Applause) love that guy. People take that to mean that this is what the movie is about, and this is in the movie."
Civil War already features plenty of characters going by the official cast roster alone, so even if Ruffalo were to appear it would have to be in a limited capacity anyway. Besides, we know now he's going to costar in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth (back as Thor himself), so that should mark Hulk's next appearance in the MCU - in addition to being the movie that will explain what the Big Guy been up to, post-Age of Ultron, and how he's found his way into another realm, far from Earth.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.