We still don’t have a name for Martin Freeman’s character in Marvel’s upcoming superhero clash Captain America: Civil War, but at the Griffoni International Film Festival in Italy this weekend, The Hobbit star teased that he might be manipulating both sides of that battle.
The film, due in theaters next May, features Chris Evans as Captain America in a conflict with Iron Man Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) over whether there should be governmental control of superheroes. The movie also includes Chadwick Boseman’s first appearance as T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther), the prince of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, as one of the figures torn by the divide.
Freeman reveals he doesn’t have any extraordinary powers, just the strength of the law — although it sounds like he’s willing to bend that a little.
“We can say he works for the government; he works for the American government,” Freeman said in a video interview with the Italian site BadTaste. “He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes’ power, I suppose.”
So that places him squarely on Team Iron Man. Except …
“You’re not quite sure which side he’s on,” Freeman adds. “It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when, actually, he’s playing another. It’s the kind of character I like because it’s ambiguous and because you don’t know whether he’s, you know, good or bad. I like that area, that isn’t black or white, I like the grays. I think there’s just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line.”
Freeman, who is British, delivered a Minnesotan accent in the TV series Fargo, but says he’s going with another dialect for Civil War: “East Coast American.”