For the past month or so, this photo has been frolicking through the internet:
Most of you reading this have probably already laid your eyes on this photo, which appears to be Disney/Marvel's movies and exact titles for the next five years. Is it legit? I couldn't tell you. A debate can be made for each of these titles and whether or not they are legitimate. Personally, I only wish to discuss one of these titles. Avengers: Civil f*@#in War. I have three words in regards to the idea of a Civil War movie: "Not A Shot In Hell." OK, five words. The "In Hell" just came out. Sorry.
As an avid reader of Marvel Comics, I believe that the Marvel: Civil War story arc in its entirety is one of the best. That's my opinion at least. It's filled to the brim and beyond with unique themes and conflicts, and without a doubt stands out among Marvel's other large story arcs. What makes Civil War so unique is that it involves the entire Marvel Universe. Civil War is not limited to the characters we have been introduced to thus far: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Falcon, etc. I realize that in the coming years we will also be introduced to Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and very potentially Black Panther. That's a lot of heroes, but it's not nearly enough to cover the Civil War story. The story involves the X-Men, it involves Spider-Man, it involves the Fantastic Four as well as the Defenders, the Young Avengers, and perhaps most importantly, the New Warriors. The New Warriors triggered the literal and metaphorical bomb that started the whole damn Civil War. These teams and characters constantly intertwine throughout the Civil War story, and without all of this said intertwining, the story is nothing.
Let's look at the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney/Marvel has a knack for creating origin movies. Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, both released in 2008 to kick off the MCU, both origin movies. Thor, origin movie. Captain America: The First Avenger, origin movie. Guardians of the Galaxy, origin movie. Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, both to be origin movies. Catching my drift? My best guess is Disney/Marvel does this for the people of Earth who don't know who Iron Man or Thor is. They do this to get the audiences accustomed to and familiar with the characters and their distinctive personalities. Otherwise, how do they expect the audiences to feel for the characters in their movies? Creating a Civil War movie would mean introducing a ton of characters all at once in a single movie. A move like this would stray far away from Disney/Marvel's current technique of successful movie-making. And by "successful," I mean $2,877,065,863 total grosses. Thank you, www.boxofficemojo.com.
I maintain those five words, "Not A Shot In Hell." There is simply no way an Avengers: Civil War movie will ever make it to the screen this early in the game. I hope one day it can, perhaps at an age where Disney, Sony, and Fox can unite. To myself and others who think this is possible, I'll just leave this here.