Some new spoilers for Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange have begun to emerge. But before I go on, please remember that what you’ll read below is very spoilery, m’kay?
The spoilery stuff comes from the people over at JoBlo, who have a good track record as a dependable source of information. They say the intel they received is from a "reliable and proven source," and to tell you the truth, what they have to say on the upcoming Marvel movies sounds very good to my geeky ears. Still, since it's not yet official, I cannot stress enough that you have to take all this with a grain of salt.
Let’s start this up with Captain America: Civil War.
The characters set to be in the upcoming Marvel movie are Cap (Chris Evans), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). JoBlo also report that The Vision (Paul Bettany), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) will also appear, as will Scarlet Witch (Elisabeth Olsen). The currently-known-to-be-appearing villains will be Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) and Crossbones (Frank Grillo).
Spider-Man will, of course, appear in Civil War, but so far we’re not certain how Marvel will have it all play out. As for who will be facing whom, this is what the roster looks like so far: It’ll be Cap, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Falcon on the one side, with Iron Man, War Machine, The Vision and Ant-Man on the other. Scarlet Witch and Black Panther will be somewhere in the mix, but we don’t know who they will side with yet. However, rest assured that T’Challa’s role will be significant, and that he’ll have an agenda. JoBlo also claims that Ant-Man will take on his big bad Giant-Man form in battle.
The report also claims that Falcon will get a costume upgrade which’ll basically be a modified version of what he wore in Winter Soldier, but with gray and red colors, as in the comics. Cap’s outfit will also get a bit of an upgrade from what he'll be rocking in Avengers: Age of Ultron, while Steve Rogers' BFF Bucky, aka Winter Soldier, will pretty much look the same, i.e. with the long hair. But the most interesting report is what Brock Rumlow, also known as Crossbones, will look like. His outfit is described as "messier," and he'll sport the skull imagery on his new costume, which is described as "graffiti-esque." He will also wear the famous skull mask (the one that covers his entire face), which is some sort of hybrid mask/helmet.
Whereas in the Mark Millar Civil War comic-book storyline the "Civil War" was set off by the New Warriors, who destroyed a good many city blocks and killed more than 600 people in NYC -- thus prompting the implementation of the infamous Superhero Registration Act -- in the movie it'll be Crossbones doing the attack causing the massive deaths and destruction that will follow.
And finally, a key focus in the movie is the Winter Soldier himself. His existence leaves a big question mark as Bucky Barnes has the ability to be a hero. But he was also a villain. THIS HERE is apparently what causes the main rift between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. But the main thrust is the same as in the comics: "If there is a threat -- should The Avengers show up, is it their place to do so, and what gives them the authority to do so?"
Got all that? OK then. Now, on to Doctor Strange.
It would appear that our beloved Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), will indeed wearing the traditional comics outfit -- including the blue suit and red cape, but with a much smaller collar (praise the Marvel powers-that-be). But fear not, because the costume will also fit with the overall look of the MCU superhero duds. The main villains of the movie will be Dormammu and Baron Mordo. We may even get the Mindless Ones, since Dormammu will be leading an army of zealots. They are described as looking humanoid, but made of stone and cut into tiny layers. There will be plenty of use of astral projections and levitation, which are trademarks of the Doctor Strange Marvel comics, and JoBlo says that a lot of the movie’s action will take place "between dimensions" with a whole lotta crazy "Inception-like visuals."
The site also has some very cool info on the upcoming Ant-Man movie -- including Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne -- set to be released on July 17, so head on over to JoBlo for a lot more details.
Whew! So, what do you guys think of all the Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange giant spoilers bonanza? Chime in with your theories!