Black Panther Unmasked, Scarlet Witch & Crossbones in Action and More Revealed in New Empire Magazine Cover Story


By Josh Melo

Unsatisfied with the leaked images from the set of Doctor Strange that hit the web a couple of day ago? We get ready, because Marvel and Empire Magazine have provided a ton of new official stills and nuggets of information from their upcoming superhero epic. With new looks at Crossbones, Scarlet Witch and Black Panther plus interviews with the Russos; If you’re a Marvel fan, this is one article you don’t want to miss! Check it out.

The first scoop to come out of Empire’s massive Civil War cover story revolves around the identity of Martin Freeman’s character. Long rumoured to be playing on Everett Ross, Empire has now confirmed our suspicions. Ross is said to be part of a counter-terrorist program that has created a joint task force with the CIA, which would explain why he appears with Agent 13 (AKA Sharon Carter played by Emily VanCamp) in the provided picture (below). The Russo Brothers also mention that this particular scene takes place somewhere in Germany, bringing Cap back “full-circle” in his solo trilogy.

There is also reason to believe that Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross will make a return in the Black Panther solo outing in 2018. The character has ties to the Wakandan prince in the comics so it isn’t all that unlikely. Plus, it would make for some interesting connectivity in Marvel’s phase 3 (something that Phase 2 sorely lacked).

The next batch of images provide official looks at fan favorite characters, as well as our (technically) first look at Frank Grillo’s Crossbones. We’ve seen a number of images of Crossbones taking on the Avengers, but this is our most detailed glimpse yet. In addition, there is a cool photo of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) ready to unleash her powers (I’d hate to be the person she’s eyeing in that image).

The final set of photos come in a lower resolution and offer a mix of behind the scenes shots as well as previously glimpsed looks at our favourite heroes. Standing out amongst the crowd however, is one shot featuring Chadwick Boseman out of the Black Panther suit. This is the first time we’ve seen T’Challa at all in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and interestingly enough, he appears with Falcon and Cap as opposed to his established teammates Iron-man and War Machine. Is this a hint as to his rumoured allegiance swapping? Or is he just doing some undercover recon?

Alongside all of the photos, a ton of information was dropped about the upcoming Civil War and the eventual 2-part Avengers film, Infinity War. When asked how Civil War will set the stage for the rest of the phase 3 films, as well as connect to Infinity War, the Russo’s had this to say:

The consequences of Civil War will have an even more significant impact [than The Winter Soldier]. 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.
— Anthony Russo
We wanted Winter Soldier, Civil War, and the Infinity War films to have a strong through line. We look at this movie as setting the stage for Infinity War, how it starts and what condition everybody is in.
— Joe Russo

With rumors swirling about 3 supposed endings to the film, Anthony Russo promised  a “very dramatic ending that will be controversial for a lot of people.” It certainly sounds like Cap could be taken out by the end of things, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

And not to be forgotten, amidst all of the talk of intergalactic war and space faring dictators, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts is officially confirmed to return in Civil War. With almost all of our established heroes taking part in the newest film, as well as new heroes and recurring supporting cast, it’s hard to imagine Infinity War being any bigger. But in true Marvel fashion, I have no doubt they can pull it off (to what effect is yet to be determined.

 “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.”

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6th.