While fans still have a few weeks left until Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, Marvel and Disney are gearing up for the film’s big Hollywood premiere on April 12. Earlier today, Marvel sent out a media alert revealing which cast members would be attending the premiere, and it included two actors who had not been previously announced for Captain America: Civil War, Jim Rash and Alfre Woodard. While it isn’t known exactly what characters they’re playing, Alfre Woodard‘s presence could hint that this movie may crossover into the studio’s Netflix TV shows.
Back in September, Marvel announced that Alfre Woodard has signed on to play Mariah Dillard on the upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage, which debuts on September 30. We don’t know for sure if Alfre Woodard is playing Mariah Dillard in Captain America: Civil War, but since Luke Cage is set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems likely she’ll play the same character in both projects. It is worth noting, though, that Captain America: Civil War wrapped production back in August, a month before Alfre Woodard‘s announcement as Mariah Dillard, but it’s possible her deal was set long before the September announcement, or she came aboard during reshoots.
In Luke Cage, Mariah Dillard is a local Harlem politician, and cousin to Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali), who is looking to bring a new era of change to the streets she grew up on. Her personal life and professional career are thrown into turmoil by both Harlem’s newest hero Luke Cage as well as her cousin Cottonmouth’s nefarious acts. In the comics, there is a character named Black Mariah, but her last name was never revealed, so it isn’t quite clear if Mariah Dillard is Black Mariah yet, especially since Mariah Dillard is a politician trying to clean up the streets, and Black Mariah was the leader of a notorious street gang.
Nothing was revealed about Jim Rash‘s character either, but it seems that directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are continuing a tradition of bringing actors from the hit sitcom Community (which they executive produced) in to the MCU. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the filmmakers brought in Danny Pudi for a surprise cameo as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Since the directors will also be making Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II, don’t be surprised if they have more Community cameos up their sleeve.
Marvel also used a similar media alert for the red carpet premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron to reveal that previously-unannounced actresses Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy had surprise roles in the film. Linda Cardellini portrayed Laura Barton, the wife of Jeremy Renner‘s Clint Barton/Hawkeye, with Julie Delpy playing the mysterious Madame B, who trained Natasha Romanoff in the Black Widow program. Stay tuned for more on Captain America: Civil War as we get closer to the Hollywood premiere on April 12.