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The Marvel Universe just obtained another major Hollywood star!

By surprise, Marvel Studios dropped a major casting announcement Tuesday afternoon for its upcoming movie Captain America: Civil War.

Turns out Martin Freeman will make his Marvel debut in the film scheduled for release in 2016.

"From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in The Office, Martin's range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us," producer Kevin Feige said in a statement. "We couldn't be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe." His exact character has yet to be revealed. 

Freeman has earned a Primetime Emmy Award and a BAFTA Award for his portrayal of Doctor John Watson in Sherlock. He's also earned rave reviews for his work in Fargo and the Hobbit trilogy.

The action-packed plot, which transitions from Avengers: Age of Ultron, is based on a seven-part comic series from Mark Millar that pits Captain (Chris Evans) against one of his closest allies, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

"Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity," the synopsis read. "This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies."

Just two weeks ago, Elizabeth Olsen confirmed she will reprise her role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the upcoming Marvel movie.

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) are also expected to star in the flick slated for a national release on May 6, 2016.

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