Although Marvel have always maintained that their world is "all connected", the disconnect between the studios' movies and TV shows have become increasingly apparent. However, some late Captain America: Civil War casting announcements could indicate that the problematic relationship might be changing for the better.
A press email sent earlier this week (via ComingSoon.net) listed Alfre Woodard among the Civil War cast members who will be attending the Los Angeles premiere. Woodward was expected to make her MCU debut in Netflix series Luke Cage as Mariah Dillard, and here's where things get a little confusing.
Screen Crush are reporting that Woodard will not be playing Dillard in Civil War; In what would be a great homage to the Civil War comic, Woodward's character is instead the mother of an American citizen who was killed in the Sokovia incident in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and she will confront Tony Stark and blame him for her kid's death in one of Civil War's early scenes. This will be a big motivator for Tony to back the Sokovia Accords. The plot thickens...
Marvel have yet to confirm this, but it means there's a couple of interesting possibilities at play. Either Woodaard isn't playing Dillard in Civil War - which would make her one of the few actors to have had multiple roles in the MCU - or she is playing Dillard, which would provide the strongest connection yet between Marvel's movie and TV properties. I'm hoping for the latter...
Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan, Captain America: Civil War opens in UK cinemas on April 29, 2016 and May 6, 2016 in the US.
Starring Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, Frank Whaley, and Sônia Braga, season 1 of Marvel's Luke Cage arrives in its entirety on Netflix September 30, 2016.