If you’re anything like me, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is really tearing at your ability to give a shit. There’s been a decade worth of film announcements, including spin-offs, and tie-ins — and TV. Some of it involves fun tree monsters in space, other times it’s a dark political thriller, and sometimes it’s a man named Thor. I don’t like Thor. Stop making Thor movies.
Empire magazine’s next issue has some behind-the-scenes details on all the craziness surrounding the gigantic crossover event that sees the Good Patriot Man battle with the Science Irony Guy in those friend vs. friend battles that always seem better on paper than in practice. Did anyone think the highlight of Avengers was seeing Iron Man and Thor fight in the woods? No? OK.
That said, we get our first look at Crossbones. Frank Grillo is in the role. A reminder that HYDRA is still out there and up to no good; Crossbones is the superhero incarnation of Brock Rumlow. Part of a sleeper cell lurking within S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s bent on Captain America’s destruction. In the comics, Crossbones assassinates Cap after he surrenders, but that’s probably a little too dark for the current MCU to handle, right?
The directors promise that the ending will be surprising to people, but that there is decidedly an ending — not just something that remains open-ended to lead into the next installment. God, that’s exciting news. Set up Infinity War with some actual stakes. Please.
ComicBookMovie also has an interview snippet to drop in here:
“‘The consequences of Civil War will have an even more significant impact [than The Winter Soldier],’ co-director Joe Russo explained. ‘In Civil War, we’re going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s psychology, and it’s an extreme shift. Winter Soldier was a political thriller; this is a psychological thriller.’”
Also lining up in the enemy camp, we have Fargo’s Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, a government agent that’s probably up to no good within the S.H.I.E.L.D. infrastructure. Just look at that little punchable face. Ugh, OK, maybe I am excited for this film after all.