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Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War is one of the more highly anticipated Marvel movies on the docket, and it seems that with every new week of production comes even more news from the set. The latest little bit of info is a very strange new location that was featured in a recently filmed scene, and it has us scratching our heads.
Just Jared obtained a crop of photos from Captain America: Civil War, and while most of the shots feature Anthony Mackie’s rippling biceps, one in particular showcases a set for the Institute for Infectious Diseases. Unfortunately, it seems to bring about more questions than answers. The logo and sign for the facility is surrounded by palm trees, suggesting a temperate climate - perhaps somewhere in Africa near Wakanda. Another clue is the demolished truck shown in the bottom left of the image, which suggests that some fight or attack takes place in this setting.
So what could this mean? It definitely doesn't seem like it will be anything super positive. Perhaps there is a link being made to Sharon Carter, a.k.a. Agent 13 – who introduced herself in Captain America: The Winter Soldier by telling the titular hero that she just got back from the infectious disease ward (though this was presumably a lie, as she was undercover). The folks at Comic Book Movie have suggested it has something to do with Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo. Though there’s no direct connection in the comics between a facility like this and the character, the site speculates that the villain could have plans to unleash a deadly virus on mankind, which would also explain the evidence of an attack on the IFID. Honestly, though, it’s anyone’s guess.
Captain America: Civil War takes its general story from the comic book arc of the same name, and there is a whole army of characters showing up, including Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt), an unknown character played by Martin Freeman, Crossbones (Frank Grillo), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the aforementioned Agent 13. In addition, most of the old and new Avengers are returning, with the exception of Thor and Hulk (though, now even Mark Ruffalo is saying he is in the film). Anyone one of these characters could have something to do with the IFID, though we know it at least involves Falcon.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters on May 6, 2016, and there’s a great deal we don’t know about the film. Until we get closer to the release date, let’s speculate wildly as to the purpose of this latest locale!