Marvel's cinematic Civil War is being waged.
Marvel Studios announced Thursday principal photography for Captain America: Civil War began at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The film will later shoot in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
After an early version of the film's plot was revealed in casting notices, this new announcement offers a more detailed, official description of the film.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
While technically the third Captain America film, the cast includes all but two active Avengers and the potential addition of two more.
The official cast list includes all the Avengers from the final scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, including Chris Evans (Captain America, of course), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Don Cheadle (War Machine) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch).
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Jeremy Renner as the seemingly-retired Hawkeye round out the Avengers returning for Civil War, with only Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) absent. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill are also noticeably M.I.A.
Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Frank Grillo (Crossbones) and Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13) return from Captain America: The Winter Solider. New additions (and potential new Avengers) include Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. William Hurt reprises his Incredible Hulk role as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.
The only cast additions whose characters are not named are both the previously announced Martin Freeman and Daniel Brühl. Deadline reported in November that Brühl would be a villain in the movie, with the UK's The Independent quoting the actor as saying he'll play Baron Helmut Zemo. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans in good standing are always theorizing if the Red Skull will return, so expect conspiracy theories to continue as long as Brühl's character remains unidentified.
Civil War will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (The Winter Solider, Captain America: The First Avenger).
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to be released May 6, 2016.