Daniel Bruhl is the first new casting announcement for Captain America: Civil War since Marvel Studios’ big Phase 3 coming out party, announced simultaneously on Marvel.com and on Deadline, though with slightly differing information.
If you thought Iron Man, played by Robert Downey, Jr. was the “villain” of the piece, Deadline says you’re wrong. While they can’t identify the character, they say that Bruhl has come on as “the villain role” in the movie. Marvel’s official release notes only that he “has joined the cast.”
“With Daniel's ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the release, giving little hint as to his role.
Chris Evans returns to the film as the titular character, alongside The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo. Chadwick Boseman debuts as Black Panther, who he will go on to play in a solo film in November 2017. Deadline also reports Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson are “expected to take part.”
As far as a villain of the piece, there are a few possibilities, ranging from the mundane like a Senator manipulating things behind the scenes to the extravagant super villainy of someone like Nitro, who in the Civil War comic book kicked things off by blowing up part of the town of Stamford, CT - including a school.