It's getting increasingly difficult for people to avoid Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers right now, seeing as the Marvel Studios film has begun opening in non-U.S. markets just a week before its domestic theatrical release date. Reviews for Joss Whedon's superhero team-up sequel have started pouring in, while even the official Age of Ultron Wikipedia page has already been updated with key plot details about the movie. (So don't go there unless you've already see Age of Ultron!)
However, because of that, the Age of Ultron cast has started to talk more openly about whether or not they'll appear in the first Phase 3 film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Captain America: Civil War, a.k.a. Captain America 3. Hereon out, we shall be discussing who is, for certain, set to appear in Cap's (and Co.'s) next adventure - consider that your final warning!
SPOILERS for Avengers: Age of Ultron after the jump!
The latest Age of Ultron star to confirm they will appear in Civil War is Elizabeth Olsen, who costars as the super-powered Wanda Maximof a.k.a. Scarlett Witch in the Avengers sequel. Olsen, speaking during the Meet the Filmmakers event at London's Apple Store, said that she will in fact be part of the onscreen Civil War storyline - adding (via CBM) that "I guess I'm allowed to talk about that now," seeing as Age of Ultron is in the process of opening all over Europe.
To recount, the Civil War cast is now confirmed to include Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (naturally), as well as Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Scarlet Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, and Olsen as Wanda Maximoff. Chadwick Boseman will also make his debut playing T'Challa/Black Panther in the film (ahead of the Black Panther solo movie arriving in 2018), while Daniel Brühl (Rush) will play a currently under-wraps character - one rumored to be a villain, who may return for Doctor Strange later next year. (And, odds are, the new Spider-Man will debut in Civil War too.)
Civil War, as scripted by Captain America series writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, shall be based on the Civil War Marvel comic book limited series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. The cinematic Civil War will play out different from its comic predecessor, but is still going to involve government forces (maybe from across the globe) pushing for greater control over superheroes and super-powered individuals - with Steve and Tony serving as the leaders on opposite sides of the debate.
Both Age of Ultron and the ongoing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two (which has focused heavily on the existence of super-powered beings on Earth) have placed down the groundwork for Civil War to happen, while Scarlet Witch's change over the course of Age of Ultron sets her up to become part of the story too. Wanda was also revealed to be part of the new Avengers team in the Avengers NOW! comic book reboot last year, so for a while now there've been signs that pointed to her being a key player in the big screen version of the Marvel Universe too.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be directing from Markus and McFeely's Civil War script, before all four of them move on to work on the two-part Phase III finale: the Avengers: Infinity War movie event.
Perhaps, if Scarlet remains a proper full-time member of the Avengers team post-Age of Ultron, she will make an appearance in both Infinity War movies. Beyond that, well... MCU staple Johansson has admitted that her MCU role is constantly morphing, so as much might also hold true for someone like Olsen (and similar supporting players).
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters May 1, 2015; Ant-Man on July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot - July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018; Black Panther - July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel - November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 - May 3, 2019; Inhumans - July 12, 2019.
We'll be posting our own Avengers 2 review to coincide with the film's North America release. In the meantime: Have you already seen Avengers: Age of Ultron? Please refrain from spoiling the movie in the comments below - and head to our Avengers 2 spoilers discussion!
Source: Elizabeth Olsen [via CBM]
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