Captain America: Civil War just got even more crowded. Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) has just joined the Marvel universe in an unnamed role. Could he be Spider-Man? Of course not, although that would be hilarious.

Freeman will debut his character in Civil War, which is slated for May 6, 2016 — and the next film to come out after this year’s Ant-Man. Which gives us roughly a year to make wild guesses. Less, since the information will be leaked/released before then, presumably.

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I’d like to see the affable Freeman as a full-on villain, personally. That’d be way out of the box and pretty scary. No one gets any points for guessing that his role will somehow allow him to pop up in Doctor Strange for a Sherlock reunion. He and Benedict Cumberbatch are contractually obligated to appear on screen together every year. See: The Hobbit.

Here’s the Marvel statement:

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has added another name to its growing cast with Martin Freeman, who will make his debut in the film.

“From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in ‘The Office,’ Martin’s range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us,” said “Captain America: Civil War” Producer Kevin Feige. “We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Celebrated for his roles in “Sherlock,” “Fargo,” the “Hobbit” trilogy, and much more, Freeman has earned one Primetime Emmy® Award and one BAFTA Award, both for his portrayal of Doctor John Watson in “Sherlock.” Martin has also been nominated for a Golden Globe® for his role of Lester Nygaard in “Fargo”, and nominated for a further two Emmy Awards and two BAFTA Awards. Most recently Martin has been seen hosting SNL and has filmed Tina Fey’s untitled wartime black comedy.

”Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters May 6, 2016. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on all of Marvel Studios’ upcoming films as it breaks.


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