Freeman Talks His Ambiguous “Civil War” Role

Beloved “The Hobbit” and “Sherlock” actor Martin Freeman has spoken recently about his mysterious role in the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”.

Though much of the talk has been about the superheroes of the film, Freeman is playing a U.S. Government official and a character that could well appear in further Marvel movies down the line. Speaking with, Freeman said he took the role because it’s more dimensional than you might expect:

“He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes’ power, I suppose. So you’re not quite sure which side he’s on. 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 good or bad. I like that area that isn’t black or white, I like the grays, because I think there’s just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line.”

Fans have long been speculating about whether Freeman is playing a pre-existing character and if so, which one. The best guess so far has been Everett Ross, an NSA advisor and expert on the nation of Wakanda. Freeman does confirm that his character will sport an East Coast American accent.

“Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6th 2016.