CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR PRODUCTION – PHASE 3 OF THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE BEGINS

“If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys.”—Tony Stark “That’s not the way I see it.”—Steve Rogers From Marvel Studios comes the highly anticipated “Captain America: […]

“If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys.”—Tony Stark

“That’s not the way I see it.”—Steve Rogers

From Marvel Studios comes the highly anticipated “Captain America: Civil War,” the third film in the Captain America franchise and the first film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Based on the beloved Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America; Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man; Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow; Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier; Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon; Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “House of Lies”) as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine; Jeremy Renner (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye; Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Get on Up”) as T’Challa/Black Panther; Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Vision; and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Godzilla”) as Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch.

The film also stars Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) as Scott Lang/Ant-Man; Emily VanCamp (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Revenge”) as Sharon Carter; Marisa Tomei (“My Cousin Vinny,” “Love the Coopers”) as May Parker; Tom Holland (“In the Heart of the Sea,” “The Impossible”) as Spider-Man; Frank Grillo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones; and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies”) as Everett Ross; with William Hurt (“A History of F 2 Violence,” Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk”) as Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross and Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Bourne Ultimatum”) as Zemo.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Emmy® Award-winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige is producing the film with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Elysium”); production designer Owen Paterson (“Godzilla,” “Matrix”); editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and Matthew Schmidt (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”); three-time, Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”); visual effects supervisor Jen Underdahl (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Avengers”); and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Avengers”).

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2015 with the release of the last two films in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office and has been the #1 release in every country where it has been released. In July, Phase 2 also introduced “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. The film opened #1 at the box office and went on to gross more than 518 million at the worldwide box office. The film propelled the Marvel brands’ #1 domestic box office opening streak to a record-breaking 12 consecutive films.

President of Marvel Studios and “Captain America: Civil War” producer Kevin Feige explains why Marvel has continued its unprecedented box office success within its ever-expanding universe of characters. “In this day and age with some much content and competition out there, it is not easy to continuously be in alignment with what film audiences respond to and want to see,” says Feige. “I have been saying this for years, but it still holds up, the strength of the Marvel Universe is the depth and complexity of the characters, all of which are imperfect in some way. That’s what makes our characters so interesting and why they have passed the test of time. We have also been very fortunate over the years to be able to attract supremely talented actors who have all put their unique stamp on the characters they play, which has also elevated all of our films. Since ‘Iron Man,’ it’s always been about the characters, story and being able to relate and connect to these amazing but flawed individuals.”

“Having completed phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we are deep into some of the cornerstone franchises so it is critical that we keep them evolving and feeling fresh and new, but at the same time paying off some of the things that we have already established in previous films so 3 that every moment has future consequences,” adds executive producer Louis D’ Esposito. “We also have been able to successfully introduce new characters and franchises into the mix, which has been very gratifying and is a testament to the depth of characters in the Marvel Universe. For this third installment of the ‘Captain America’ franchise, it will be fun for audiences to see all of the new faces establishing themselves and mixing it up with all of the marquee franchise characters.”

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