Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is shaping up to be much more than just a solo Captain America movie. The ever-expanding cast of heroes has led some to jokingly call the film Avengers 2.5, but there’s at least one new player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe whose involvement we’re still waiting to find out about, Daredevil.
There’s been a lot of speculation that Charlie Cox, who plays the Man Without Fear in the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil, might appear in Civil War. Right now, however, there’s no word on that, and Cox doesn’t know either. Talking to IGN, he said:
I've been reading Civil War - and Daredevil does appear in that. And look - again, just to clarify - I have not been called about that. I haven't been invited to that party! But it would be very, very cool. Just to be in the background, saying cool stuff every now and then. It would be cool to be with all those guys.
Daredevil, the superhero alter ego of blind lawyer Matt Murdock, is very much a part of this arc in the comics. He’s not the biggest player, but he’s definitely around, so it would be fantastic to see him show up alongside the marquee names. He may not be a giant green rage monster or a demi-god, but he’s still pretty awesome and a big part of the Marvel comic book landscape.
The Civil War storyline revolves around the Superhero Registration Act, a law passed by the U.S. government forcing masked heroes to reveal their secret identities and submit to government regulation. This causes a split in the superhero community, and there are massive clashes between those who support the act, led by Tony Stark and Iron Man, and those who oppose it, led by Captain America. You can already see building tension between them in many of the trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Spider-Man is kind of caught in the middle of all of this, which is one reason why it’s so cool this is going to be his introduction to the MCU.
Since we first heard about Marvel’s Netflix shows, which include Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, one of the questions many of us had is just how much, if any, interaction these stories and characters will have with the broader MCU? They’re obviously connected, and as we’ve seen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., events from either movies or TV definitely impact the other (and Lady Sif from Thor has shown up a few times on Agents).
We’ve even seen the Avengers Tower looming in the background of one of the Daredevil motion posters. That definitely sets this in the same world, but exactly how explicit and overt the connection will be remains up in the air. We’ll likely get at least some idea when the full season drops on April 10. And Captain America: Civil War, with or without Daredevil, hits theaters May 6, 2016.