‘Captain America: Civil War’: Notes on Spider-Man, Hulk, and More

By December 5, 2015
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Ever since the kickass Captain America: Civil War trailer debuted last week, excitement for the film has been at a fever pitch. Granted, there’s always a certain level of excitement that comes with these Marvel films, but this one in particular has especially piqued everyone’s interest. While the trailer showed us a lot of really cool stuff (BLACK PANTHER FTW!), there are still a lot of questions unanswered. The biggest of these: How will Spider-man fit into all of this?

While it was confirmed that Spidey would be taking part in Civil War pretty much the second Tom Holland was cast in the role, we still don’t know what he’ll be doing. The character played a very substantial part in the comic book story, but that was a Spider-man that had been around for years. This will be our first look at this version of the character, and it stands to reason his involvement will differ from that of his comic counterpart. But there is one bit of good news, courtesy of this article from Entertainment Weekly. The magazine paid a visit to the set and got a pretty good glimpse of Spider-man in action.

…there was a particularly large battle going on involving many different characters from the film. Most of them, you know about already. But one, standing off to the side, was a stuntman wearing a very familiar red and blue suit that covered him from head to toe…during the very same battle sequence, just hanging around off-camera, Robert Downey Jr. comes strolling by. He’s laughing and talking with his arm slung over the shoulder of a young man who…is doing some pinpoint Tom Holland cosplay – and wearing a full Spider-Man suit, except for the mask.

Spider-man acting chummy with Iron Man? Hmmm…perhaps his story in the film isn’t so different after all? It certainly does sound like Tony Stark is excited to have Peter Parker (among others) onboard:

“[Don] Cheadle and I are just going, ‘Wow, dude, look at this.’ We’re now like the old guard, and our storyline carries real weight just because of our history in the [canon]. But we’re also looking around like, ‘Who thought that Falcon and Black Panther and Ant-Man and now Spider-Man…?’ I mean it’s like wow, this thing is just crazy.”

Like wow, indeed.

The Russo brothers, who are handling directing duties on this film, were quite complimentary about Tom Holland’s work as the newest webslinger:

He’s fantastic. Amazing…Rarely do you see a kid carry a movie like that…He’s also a dancer and a gymnast. He fits the part like you can’t believe.

Well I certainly hope so.

EW’s article had a few non-Spidey tidbits, too. First off, Hulk is definitely NOT in Civil War. Barring an appearance in one of those famed post-credit scenes, we won’t be seeing Bruce Banner or his angry green alter ego until Thor: Ragnarok. Screenwriter Christopher Markus explains why:

“You put those guys in a fight, it’s over quickly. It’s like, ‘Well, we have the Hulk on our side.’ Oh, fine, then,” 

Good point.

Secondly, as if battling the government and his fellow Avengers wasn’t enough, Captain America will also have to deal with the threat of Baron Zemo, played by Daniel Bruhl. Again, we aren’t exactly sure how Zemo will fit into the action, but Marvel Emperor For Life Kevin Feige at least gave a vague hint as to what version of Zemo we will see:

“I will say that his character is very much a product of the Cinematic Universe and all that has occurred within that universe up to this point.”

All new Zemo? I approve.

Finally, what about Martin Freeman? So far all we know is he’s playing some sort of government-type guy (that’s his official job title, I think) and that’s it. Mr. Feige? Care to enlighten us?

“He’s under the cloak of secrecy,” Feige says. “There are a lot of amazing actors in this movie.  Some of them play larger roles than others.  And in some cases there are some you will meet ever so briefly in this film and then will be expanded upon in future films. He falls into that latter category.”

Well that’s…not very helpful. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see the movie, huh? What a concept.

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

Joe Ruggirello
Joe is a writer, retired comedian, and giant nerd. He's particularly fond of comic books, pro wrestling, and Godzilla. Oh, and that Star Wars thing. You can yell at him on Twitter @JoeRu23.
  • Arnold T. Blumberg

    Spider-Man. Capital M.

    • Gabriella Creighton

      This a grammar comment or some comment about the age?

  • Alexanderbromm

    what would be interesting is if they found a way for Martin Freema to play a variation of Wong, Dr Strange’s Sidekick/manservant

    • PaintedFlags

      Yeah, let’s whitewash every Asian character out of the MCU. Isn’t it enough that the Ancient One has been cast by Toni Collette? What’s next? Shang-chi cast with Ryan Reynolds?

      • Johnathan Jingley Jones

        Silly person. Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. He can’t play some nobody chinaman.

      • keyserSOZE

        Gonna go ahead and guess it was a tongue in cheek joke so that we could have Dr. Watson alongside Sherlock yet again, and not actually anything to do with whitewashing.

        • Alexanderbromm

          it was, but some people seem to take things way too seriously. in all seriousness, I would probabl cast Jackie Chan or Donnie Yen… actually Donnie Yen would be about perfect for the role… almost too good to be true

  • Mr. Sawyer

    Martin Freeman as Mr Sinister(possibly)/Spider UK(doubt it) both kinda have future movies as they could put Spider UK in the Spidey reboot
    and yes I cheated and looked up british marvel characters

    • Peter Jackson

      I’m hoping for Mephisto. That would be absolutely perfect leading up to Infinity War to have him set up. I don’t know if Martin Freeman looks the part for Mephisto or anything, I just want that character :P

    • raven825

      Mr.sinister is mostly an X-men villain isn’t he?

  • Rusty Hays

    My guess for Martin Freeman is Henry Gyrich.

    • raven825

      thats a good guess

  • http://asatra.deviantart.com Ashley Anderson

    Personally I thought Andrew Garfield was the best Spider-man but I’ll bite haha (no pun intended xD)

  • Jacques Gauthier

    The Hulk was not in the Civil War story, he was shipped off to an alien world by the Illuminati at the time. When he returned, it began the world war Hulk story.