Martin Freeman Joins ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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Marvel has just announced that Martin Freeman has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Capitan America: Civil War. Producer Kevin Feige said “We couldn’t be more honoured or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

No details of his character yet, unsurprisingly, but its tempting to speculate whether Martin will meet his Sherlock and The Hobbit co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange, which will follow Civil War in 2016. Civil War will launch Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on May 6th 2016. Captain America star Chris Evans told MTV that Civil War will “be a set up the real battle” (Infinity War) and there will “be a lot of people” in it.

Civil War will also star Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo, , Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Chadwick Boseman will make his debut as Black Panther. No word on Spider-Man yet.

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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  1. winrobee

    Crossover of the Supreme Deities

    You may have noticed the number of actors who have or will have played characters in both the Marvel (Marvel Multiverse) and Tolkien (Eä) universes. Inevitably there have been comparisons: e.g. would Gandalf or Magneto win in a fair fight? Now I am going to try comparing the Creator-deities of these two universes: JRR Tolkien’s Eru Illuvatar with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s One-Above-All. I am assuming that you don’t need an overview of the characteristics of the Tolkien universe god Eru.

    I am not so much expert on the realms of One-Above-All, having only picked up on the Marvel Multiverse with the advent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Obviously, though since the Marvel Multiverse is the product of a number of authors, notably Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, there would likely be many more powers attributed to One-Above-All. I did find this description of Him being of the people called the Celestials in Wikipedia:

    “The One Above All is a Celestial in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Jack Kirby, first appeared in The Eternals #7 (January 1977).

    Within the context of the stories, the One Above All is the leader of the Celestials and is present during the Fourth Host to visit Earth. The One Above All is the most powerful character In the entire Marvel Universe. He is responsible for the existence of all life in the Marvel universe and possibly beyond. The One-Above-All is the master and sole superior of the cosmic overseer and arbitrator known as The Living Tribunal.”

    (For you film buffs, by the way, the Celestials were seen in Guardians of the Galaxy in a projected picture of giants on a wall, and the Collector’s asteroid offices were in a severed Celestial’s head.)

    Point I) physical extent-
    One-Above-All is obviously (but maybe only obviously) far vaster in straight physical extent.

    Eru has timeless halls and the universe (“existance”) of Ea which is said to be a complete universe of stars and galaxies. Tolkien didn’t see the proposal of inflationary universes of many variants on physical rules and space so vast that there are other copies of us among the googleplex other planets. So since Eru’s universe’s canon is limited to JRR’s intentions expressed in his personal writings, we’ll say Ea is limited to the 13 3/4 billion light-year radius Hubble Volume, times a reasonable figure for good measure. If Eru built or presided over much beyond the “Little Kingdom” we are left intentionally befreit of knowledge about that.

    The One-Above-All has suzireignity over the many-dimensional Multiverse in which Ea corresponds only to the universe called “Earth 616”, not to mention over many entities who are deities in their own right, like those called together for the “Infinity War”-Eternity, Order and Chaos, Cronus, Eros (and his brother Thanos, chief bad guy to the whole Cinematic Universe thing), etc. For land control, One-Above-All is king.

    Point II) Intellectual prowess
    Advance planning is evident in both supreme deities, but Tolkien’s monotheistic role model tends to give the vote to Iluvatar. There simply isn’t anything Iluvatar doesn’t know, and fate can only be whatever penchant he has had.

    The One-Above-All’s Multiverse on the other hand is seemingly more chaotic, and justice has to be meted out by calling in One-Above-All’s second-in-command, The Living Tribunal.

    Point III) Absoluteness
    Absolute power is absolute to both Eru Iluvatar and One-Above-All, but Eru’s absolute power is absoluter. Why, you may ask, do I claim that this is so easy to decide? Well, Tolkien was a creator with a distinct idea of monotheistic power, whereas the Marvel Multiverse was meant to be taken with less seriousness, not examining the question of power in the fashion of JRR Tolkien’s works.

    We give the superiority vote up, therefore to Eru Illuvatar, since he takes 2 out of 3 categories. What say you?

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    • C S Hughes
      C S Hughes

      Fascinating comparison. Frankly I don’t know enough about the cosmologies of either realm to judge with any authority, however I would argue that one that embraces the theory of an infinite multiverse could contain the singular universe of Tolkien, and therefore the deity of that multiverse is necessarily more powerful. BTW – You should have sent this to us as an article, not a comment!

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