Martin Freeman has been announced as an actor in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Freeman is well known for his previous roles as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” trilogy and Doctor Watson from BBC’s “Sherlock”. This will also be the third franchise that Freeman will be sharing with his partner in crime Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch voices Smaug in “The Hobbit”, had the lead role in “Sherlock,” and will soon be Doctor Strange in the MCU. It’s super cool to see these actors partner up in so many media franchises in such a short span of time.
Who Freeman will play is up in the air for now. With Marvel’s recent acquisition of the Spider-Man properties we have tons of potential roles. Everything from Scorpion to Norman Osborn are possible. Personally, and I know I’m dreaming here, I REALLY hope we have ourselves an MCU Speedball.
The original Civil War storyline back in 2006 was set in motion when the New Warriors, an internet streaming superhero team including Speedball, were involved in a catastrophe while attempting to apprehend a villain way out of their league, Nitro. Nitro’s retaliation resulted in a massive explosion decimating Stamford Connecticut. Being the only known survivor, Speedball took most of the blame for the tragedy and was sent to prison, later becoming the anti-hero Penance. Tensions were already high regarding secret identities, so the Superhero Registration Act was passed and Civil War soon followed.
Civil War and Doctor Strange will be hitting theaters in 2016.