Sooner or later, the Marvel universe will snap up every British actor of note, every British actor NOT of note, and most of the really rubbish ones no one ever gets to hear about. Because theirs is a comic book reality that is not short of named characters, plus there’s all that rebooting that goes on in the movie business, sucking up actors like dust on a rolling lollipop.
By which I mean trust me, by 2030 we’ll have all been an Avenger at least once, and I bagsy the Hulk.
Martin Freeman is the latest to be brought in, taking on an as-yet unnamed role in Marvel’s most ambitious story to date. Captain America: Civil War will tell the story of a battle of ideology between superheroes, who either have to give up their secret identities and become salaried heroes for the state, or face becoming outlaws.
The movie’s producer Kevin Feige has stressed that, as with other key characters in the Marvel universe, Martin could be drawing just as much on his comedic skills as his ability to convincingly rock a superhero outfit.
He said: “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.
“We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
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