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'Captain America: Civil War' Castings: Marvel's Avengers Assemble Earlier Than Expected

Think of it as 'Avengers 2.5.'
Think of it as 'Avengers 2.5.'

Audiences saddened that there won't be another new Avengers movie until 2018 can find comfort in the fact that Earth's Mightiest Heroes will be assembling far sooner than that — Marvel Studios has announced that the Avengers will be seen in full in next year's Captain America: Civil War.

In addition to Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.'s warring Captain America and Iron Man, the movie will also feature Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Anthony Mackie's Falcon, Paul Bettany's Vision, Don Cheadle's War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch, the complete lineup of the team as things were left at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Additionally, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes and Paul Rudd's Ant-Man will make appearances, with Chadwick Boseman debuting as T'Challa, the Black Panther.

Other familiar faces in the movie will include Emily VanCamp reprising her Winter Soldier role as Sharon Carter, Frank Grillo returning as Brock Rumlow and, perhaps surprisingly, William Hurt returning for the first time as The Incredible Hulk's Thunderbolt Ross.

Oddly absent from Marvel's press release are Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. (Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are also apparently skipping the Avengers reunion, but Thor should really be in Asgard anyway, following the end of Age of Ultron. And the Hulk? Well, he's missing in action for a while.)

Captain America: Civil War will see the creative team of The Winter Soldier return, with Joe and Anthony Russo directing from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. According to Marvel, the movie will focus on political pressure to install official oversight over superheroes following "another international incident involving the Avengers [resulting] in collateral damage." The movie is scheduled for release May 6, 2016.

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