This Thursday's issue of Empire is pulling back the curtain more on Captain America: Civil War, in both new images as well as some eye-opening comments on the ending and how it will reverberate across the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"The consequences of Civil War will have an even more significant impact [than The Winter Soldier],” said co director Joe Russo explained, as transcribed by ComicBookMovie. “In Civil War, we're going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe's psychology, and it's an extreme shift. Winter Soldier was a political thriller; this is a psychological thriller."
Russo added that Civil War's ending would be "very dramatic," and "controversial for a lot of people."
Captain America: Civil War's co-writer Stephen McFeely also reportedly told Empire that Civil War will set the stage for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1&2, saying "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."
According to CBM, the Empire issue also reveals that Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts will appear in Civil War.
One person already confirmed for the film however is Frank Grillo's Brock Rumlow, who will fully embrace the Crossbones alter-ego. Empire revealed a first look at him, although paparazzi photos had previously revealed it last year.
In comic books, Crossbones is a protege of the Red Skull. In Civil War, he is reportedly an active Hydra agent. Whether he has ties to any other villains, such as Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo, is unknown. Crossbones is perhaps best known as the villain who assassinated Steve Rogers after his surrender in the original Civil War, though Grillo said he won't assassinate Cap in the film universe "yet."
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6.