Martin Freeman has just taken his next step toward conquering all factions of fandom. The Hobbit and Sherlock star is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Marvel announced Tuesday afternoon that the beloved actor will be joining the third film in the Captain America series, which focuses on a schism in the Avengers that pits Iron Man against Captain America.
Freeman joins a cast that’s already brimming with heroes and villains from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. as clashing Avengers, the film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Daniel Bruhl, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Chadwick Boseman, making his first appearance as Black Panther. It’s also likely that Civil War will make the first appearance of the rebooted, MCU-approved Spider-Man.
“From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in The Office, Martin’s range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us,” Marvel producer Kevin Feige said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Details of Freeman’s character are under wraps for the time being, so let the speculation begin!
Freeman’s Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe late last year — he’s set to play Doctor Strange which hits theaters November 2016. We’re hoping that somewhere down the line Doctor Strange will be introduced to Freeman’s character, so they can slip in a subtle reference to Sherlock and make the world explode. I’ll also take a Sherlock joke between RDJ and Freeman in Civil War (come onnnnn, universe!)
Of course this is exciting news, but as with Avengers: Age of Ultron, this onslaught of characters runs the risk of overcrowding and unsettling the balance for story arcs. Will they overshadow Cap in his own film?
What do you think about Freeman joining Captain America: Civil War? And more importantly, whom do you think he’ll be playing?
The film hits theaters May, 2016.