UPDATED: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Gets Many Old and New Faces from the MCU

By May 7, 2015

UPDATED 11am PST: In addition to Emily VanCamp’s return as Agent 13, Captain America: Civil War will also be getting a lot of both returning familiar and new faces to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to a new Variety report, in addition to Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Agent 13, and Hawkeye, the film is even more filled to the brim with major Marvel characters making both their debut and return to the MCU in this film. Returning from this month’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the previously confirmed Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, and it’s now confirmed that she’ll be joined by Paul Bettany as Vision, and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine. Also returning from this July’s Ant-Man will be Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, who will make his first appearance in the MCU outside of his own established series.

Perhaps even more surprising is that the report says that William Hurt will be reprising his role as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which will make Hurt the first cast member from the second MCU film to appear in any subsequent films in the universe. While Ross didn’t play a significant role in the original Civil War comic book series, the character’s absence from subsequent films has been noticeable, and it would be very easy to work him into the framework of the overall story.

Captain America: Civil War is shaping up to be a major Marvel event film, which is definitely saying something after coming off of the behemoth that was Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Original Story: The already loaded cast to Marvel’s 2016 sequel focusing on the Star-Spangled Avenger has gotten a little bigger, this time with a returning face.

According to Deadline, actress Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Sharon/Agent 13 in Captain America: Civil War, returning from last year’s Winter Soldier to the part of the capable and effective former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. VanCamp, who had a starring role on NBC’s TV drama “Revenge,” will apparently be able to make time for the Marvel role due to a recent announcement that the NBC series would be ending its run on the network next month, with the fourth season ender now acting as the series finale.

At the end of The Winter Soldier, it was revealed that Sharon had joined the CIA after S.H.I.E.L.D. fell upon the revelation that it had been heavily infiltrated by Hydra. In the comics, Sharon is the great-niece of Peggy Carter, and has become the partner and love interest of Captain America. While the films have yet to establish Sharon’s relationship with Peggy — if that’s something they plan on bringing over — The Winter Soldier still solidified her presence as a solid and reliable operative, willing to defend the principles of S.H.I.E.L.D. at its best, and those of Captain America himself. During the events of Civil War in the comics, Sharon worked within S.H.I.E.L.D. while Captain America went underground. When tasked with leading a strike force that sought to have Cap arrested, Sharon instead diverted them to the wrong location, refusing to betray Steve.

VanCamp joins new and returning cast members, including Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier, Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo, and Martin Freeman in an unspecified role. Captain America: Civil War will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and will be released on May 6th, 2016. For more on the sequel as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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