“He works for the American government,” said Freeman. “He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes’ power, I suppose.”
Civil War will see the heroes of the Marvel universe going up against each other, and is based on Millar’s storyline in which Iron Man leads the charge to register all superheroes with the government. Captain America leads the resistance, and it looks like Martin Freeman’s character might be playing both sides.
“You’re not quite sure which side he’s on,” Freeman told Bad Taste. “It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when actually he’s playing another.”
Well, that’s… vague. In fact, this vagary is what attracted Freeman to the role in the first place.
“It’s the kind of character I like because it’s ambiguous and because you don’t know whether he’s good or bad. I like that area that isn’t black or white, I like the greys, because I think there’s just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line.”
So, not much to go on, but deductive Wikipedia-ing is every nerd’s superpower, so there are a few candidates…
Henry Peter Gyrich
The liaison between the Avengers and the government security services. He frequently frustrates and impedes the Avengers and generally acts like a jerk. He was created by Marvel comics boss Jim Shooter… who reportedly based the character on himself.
Everett K Ross
Another US government specialist, this time a military expert on the fictional African country of Wakanda. What’s Wakanda you ask? Well, if you’ve seen Avengers: Age of Ultron, you’ve been there before. It’s the place Ultron goes to collect that Vibranium supermetal. Remember when Andy Serkis was there for a while?
Wakanda is also the home of T’Challa, also known as Black Panther, also known as Chadwick Boseman, also known as the next hero Marvel are setting up for their own movie in 2018. Civil War (and Freeman) could be the perfect set-up.
The British Prime Minister
A persistent rumour, although this seems to have been ruled out by Freeman saying he works directly for the American government. [INSERT VINTAGE BUSH/BLAIR JOKE HERE]
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