With exactly one month to go until the film’s theatrical release, two new last minute cast additions to Captain America: Civil War may have just revealed a very interesting crossover possibility in the Marvel universe, as the film has added Jim Rash (Community, The Way Way Back) and Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives, True Blood) to the film’s cast. Now, there’s no word on who Rash could be playing in the film, but for you Marvel fans out there that have been paying attention – Woodard’s casting comes as some very, very exciting news.
Especially since Woodard is already set to play a large role in the upcoming Luke Cage series on Netflix, which means that her character from the show will be appearing at some point in the new film, though the magnitude and size of it is unknown. Similar to how Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy’s small roles in Avengers: Age of Ultron were kept secret until close to the film’s release as well though, it’s possible and likely that Woodard and Rash’s roles will be minimal to supporting at best.
The actress will be playing Mariah Dillon in the Luke Cage series as well, which just had its first teaser trailer revealed and premiere date confirmed, a local Harlem politician looking to bring about a new era of change into the city streets she grew up on. Dillon is faced with new challenges though after the arrival of Luke Cage and his heroic actions, in addition to the mysterious, villainous behavior of her cousin, Mahershala Ali’s Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes.
I find it incredibly unlikely that Woodard would be appearing in the film as anyone other than her upcoming Netflix character, since we know how closely Marvel pays attention to their continuity and canon, which means this could be the first time we get an actual appearance from one of the Netflix characters in the films or vice-versa. As for Rash, something tells me his role won’t be much more than a passing cameo, since directors Anthony and Joe Russo were primarily known for their work on Community before The Winter Soldier, and even went on to cast one of the show’s stars, Danny Pudi, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it guard role in their previous MCU film.
Nonetheless, the addition of Woodard’s character to the film is a nice bit of interesting news, and could help to pave the way for some more future Marvel Studios and Netflix crossovers moving forward. Especially since many fans believe the Defenders (Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist) will factor into the story of Avengers: Infinity War at some point as well.
Captain America: Civil War will hit theatres on May 6th.
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