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Captain America: Civil War is going to have some rather huge repercussions for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only have Iron Man and Captain America been forced to have fisticuffs in order to solve their issues, but the huge conflict regarding the Sokovia Accords will also almost certainly cause other Marvel superheroes to fall out too. And now the Russo Brothers have insisted that the backlash from Captain America: Civil War will lead straight into the Avengers: Infinity War films. 

Anthony and Joe Russo, who have previously directed Captain America: Winter Soldier, just completed work on Captain America: Civil War, and have been tasked with overseeing Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, are perfectly placed to know what will link each of these films.

And, while speaking to Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Joe Russo admitted that this quartet of blockbusters are all connected, insisting that Civil War will help to set the stage for Infinity War.

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.

It’s not really a surprise that the antics of Captain America: Civil War will hugely influence the plot and actions of Infinity War. Not only has Civil War been previously labelled as Avengers 2.5 because of its huge cast of characters, which is pretty much every superhero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe except for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, but the Russo Brothers previously admitted that Avengers: Infinity War could include as many as 67 characters. 

However, with Captain America: Civil War now just over 2 months away from finally hitting cinemas, Marvel’s main concern for the time being is the third solo outing for Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, who finds his relationship with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man disintegrating to the point of physical altercations.
As well as starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr, Captain America: Civil War will also feature Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock, The Office), whose character was, earlier today, revealed to be Everett Ross, a US government representative in Wakanda, which just so happens to be Black Panther’s home country. That pretty much confirms that he’ll be playing a big part in the solo Black Panther film too. 

We’ll get to see Martin Freeman’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016. While Black Panther will be released on July 6, 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 will be released on May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019, respectively. Put them in your diaries. 

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