“Captain America: Civil War” is going to be packed with superheroes, and it might even have room for an actor from the Netflix/Marvel TV shows. However, the crossover might not be the vigilante team-up that some fans are hoping for. A list of cast members attending the movie premiere reveals that Alfre Woodard could be the connection between the TV and movie sections of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
[SPOILER ALERT: Minor spoilers for both “Captain America: Civil War” and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” below.]
Woodard is playing Mariah Dillard in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” this September. The character is a local Harlem politician whose life is turned upside down by Luke Cage. So what is Mariah doing in “Civil War”? ComicBook.com reports that her character isn’t revealed in the cast list and it seems like Mariah might not appear in the film.
In “Captain America: Civil War,” Woodard might be playing a completely different character. ScreenCrush reports that an anonymous source shared that Woodard portrays a mother of an American citizen who was killed in Sokovia during the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Apparently, her small role is very influential. She manages to convince Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) that superheroes need to be regulated.
If this is true, it wouldn’t be the first time that actors have played different roles on the TV shows and movies, despite both taking place in the MCU. Enver Gjokaj played a police officer in “The Avengers” before playing Daniel Sousa in “Agent Carter,” but the two take place about 60 years apart. Viewers could easily reason that the officer was Sousa’s descendant who happened to bare a striking resemblance. Woodard’s characters will appear in the same era, so it’s unclear if anyone will explain why the two look alike.
A TV and movie crossover is always possible, but it seems unlikely. “Civil War” director Anthony Russo explained that it would be a challenging venture during an interview with Super Interessante at Comic Con Experience Brazil.
“It’s complicated,” he explained in December (via Nerdist). “When we start to serialize the telling of stories, it’s difficult. You have to have a lot of control and focus on the course of history. The films are controlled by a group led by Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others. Then there is the possibility of a crossover, but it’s more complicated.”
“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters May 6. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 will be released on Netflix Sept. 30.