ByChris Meeks, writer at
Chris Meeks

So there has been a vast amount of speculation and predictions as to what marvel plans to do with their cinematic universe in the future. One of my predictions is that not only will they do the already anticipated by many infinity gauntlet, but also the civil war. Because of this I would like to write about why I think Marvel will be attempting to put this epic comic book event (even if it will be a somewhat modified version) on the big screen. If you have not read civil war, but intend to you should stop reading here or things will be spoiled for you.

For those unfamiliar with civil war here's the relatively short version (lots of spoilers about comics and possibly movies in this part- you have been warned twice)

Speedball and his superhero team the new warriors decided to attack a group of super villains (all of which were WAY out of the new warriors league), among which was Nitro, who caused an explosion that killed hundreds of civillians, and it was on live television which didn't exactly improve the situation. This gave the government the ammo they needed to create the superhuman registration act. This forced all superheroes to become government employees, iron man Mr. Fantastic and many other heroes decided they would fall in line. Captain america and a few of his own allies decided that they were not interested and would rather be hunted by the government then have to work for it. This starts a war between heroes who ally themselves with the government and those who refuse to work for it, with captain america leading the rebels and iron man leading the government employee heroes. As a show of good faith to civillians Spider Man unmasked himself to the world. He later tried to switch to Captain America's rebel side, but was attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D's thunderbolts division which was made completely of former super villians used to hunt down the rebel super heroes. The punisher then saved spidey and brought him to the rebels. In order to help the government hunt down the rebel heroes, they created a robot clone of thor, who they then used to battle the rebels in a fight that ended in the death of goliath, which caused a great deal of publicity problems for Iron man and his team. Iron man Mr. Fantastic and Hank Pym had by this time created a prison in the negative zone to keep the hunted down super heroes in, and were training new superheroes to help them hunt down the old ones. The rebels (mainly hulkling) then broke all of the superheroes in the prison out of said prison for the final battle, in which new york was devastated, though ultimately it ended in Cap's surrender.

Reason that I think this will happen number one: the characters.

Most people believe that this will not happen partially because of the lack of characters they own the rights to. There are also a few characters who just haven't been introduced into the MCU yet. However here are the characters who actually have an impact on the Civil War, or at least played a part.

  • Spidey (marvel doesn't have right now)
  • Captain America (Marvel has and has introduced)
  • Iron man (Marvel has and has introduced)
  • Hulkling (Marvel has the rights to but has not introduced and there has been no announcement that they will or even might)
  • Thor clone (complicated)
  • Tigra (not introduced but Marvel does have the rights)
  • Namor (Marvel doesn't have the rights)
  • [Black Panther](movie:9047) (movie confirmed and Marvel has the rights)
  • everyone in the Fantastic Four except the thing ( Marvel does not have the rights).

Some also forget or just don't know about Max Landis's recent tweet:

crazy about Marvel getting spider man back that's gonna be bonkers

Then he also said this:

there's a chance I wasn't supposed to tweet that

Nooo? You don't think they wanted you to tweet that? Then he finally said this:

innocuosly make post instantly get six furious eMails hurray for hollywood

So since apparently there is a very distinct possibility that spidey will come to the Marvel cinematic universe that checks spidey off of the list of heroes Marvel doesn't have, and therefor cannot be in the civil war. Most of the rest are pretty easy to get around.

Some people also believe that the sheer lack of characters that they have to work with will ruin a Civil War movie. Here is the list of characters that Marvel will have to work with, or could(by that I mean that their arrival to the MCU is being speculated) have to work with (that have or will have already been introduced) by around 2020.

  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Hulk
  • Thor
  • [Black Widow](movie:1070824)
  • Hawkeye
  • Quicksilver
  • Scarlet witch
  • Mockingbird
  • Deathlock
  • War Machine
  • Falcon
  • Star Lord
  • Gamora
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Groot
  • Drax the destroyer
  • Ghost rider (but lets hope we don,t have to see Nick cage like that again ... ever and he is not confirmed in the MCU)
  • DareDevil
  • Elektra (not confirmed in the MCU, but will probably be dragged in through the DareDevil T.V show)
  • Luke Cage
  • Jessica Jones/Cage
  • Spider man (probably)
  • Punisher
  • Black Panther
  • Mrs. Marvel(probably)
  • Dr.Stange
  • Ant-Man
  • Pepper pots in rescue armor
  • Nick Fury (for those who count him)
  • Vision
  • Black Bolt
  • Medusa
  • (several other inhumans I assume now that they are making a movie)
  • Nova(almost definitely)
  • Winter Soldier
  • Iron Fist
  • (And since SHIELD brought villains into it) Batroc
  • Venom(probably
  • Doc-Ock(probably)
  • Vulture(probably)
  • Kraven(probably)
  • Mysterio(probably)
  • Green Goblin(probably)
  • Lizard(probably)
  • Arnim Zola
  • Bullseye(who will probably be dragged in to the MCU through the Daredevil T.V show)
  • Kingpin(also probably going to be dragged in through the Daredevil show)
  • Leader
  • Loki
  • Absorbing Man
  • Yondu
  • Thanos
  • Ronan
  • Maximus (Almost Definitely)
  • Nebula

There are probably many, more, though I have tried to get has many of the confirmed or likely ones down, which is 55. It is possible that I havent listed enough, but It is also possible, that I missed some, that it will be done after 2020, or that it will be done with a much smaller character roster than in the comics. Their is also a considerably large possibility that the (If it happens of course)

Reason 2: The roots.

The second reason is that they have already shown things that could escalate to civil war such as easter eggs and things that could be . For example they have already showed Captain america and Iron man having some issues. I do not take credit for the following videos, I did not make them, and they belong to others.

Not only that but they have also shown some easter eggs like the first one below. (I do not take credit for this video It does not belong to me)

Now project pegasus is basically the same thing as project 42, which is an easter egg to Civil War (or so some people(like me) think). Before Civil War lots of civillians died in adventures that involved the heroes, which is also a little bit set up for, with the battle of New York, and the upcoming epic battle between Hulk and the Hulkbuster suit that was confirmed for [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035). It was also announced that marvel is expanding their movie per year rate to two or three, which is a good way to get more characters on the screen.


Do you think we will see Civil war on the big screen?


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