One of the main reasons it takes in the neighborhood of two excruciatingly long years between Sherlock series is the fact that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman seem to be on the top of everyone’s short list for every film that is green-lit for production on the planet. The brilliant news is both stars seem to, obviously from the pic below, truly savor their time together and love the Sherlock franchise which is why they continue to carve out time from their respective non-stop schedules to film new installments of the BBC/PBS series.
Interestingly, the battle for the Sherlock co-stars’ available time is headed to the Marvel Comics superhero universe as Martin Freeman has taken on an as yet to be determined role in the forthcoming third installment in Marvel’s Captain America franchise, Captain America: Civil War. As Sherlock fans are already keenly aware, Freeman’s Sherlock cohort, Benedict Cumberbatch, has already signed on to play a superhero of his own where he will take on the title role of the Sorcerer Supreme, the neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer, in Marvel’s Doctor Strange which is targeted for a 2016 release.
Captain America: Civil War follows the separation that splits America’s superheroes in two, after a series of incidents that cause civilian casualties leads to the introduction of the Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all superheroes and villains to register by law. A pro-government movement fronted by Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, finds itself up against a group led by Captain America, who believe superheroes’ secret identities are necessary for them to do their jobs properly and keep their loved ones safe.
One can only imagine the potential for some monumental superhero carnage once the Civil War breaks out that could pit Iron Man against Captain America. Outside of their time on Sherlock, the only other time Freeman and Cumberbatch crossed acting paths was during their time in Middle Earth so, even if it’s only in my mind palace, it’s kind of fun to think of both of them in the Marvel superhero universe.
Captain America: Civil War is due in UK cinemas on 29th April 2016 with a U.S. cinema release one week later on May 6, 2016. “Doctor Strange,” scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.