It's no secret that Marvel fans have wanted a [Marvel: Civil War](tag:2346746) movie. Ever since Captain America and Iron Man were bickering in the first Avengers movie, Marvelites have been speculating that the story-line will go in the path of Civil War, a 2006 story that pitted two sides of superheroes against each other, the leaders being Iron Man and Captain America. And now, with the rumors of Robert Downey Jr. signing on for Captain America 3 and Spider-Man possibly being integrated into the MCU, hype is bigger than ever. And in my personal opinion...
I don't see it.
Don't get me wrong, Civil War was a good story. It was the first time in a Marvel comic that I questioned who was right in the situation. But the MCU is different from the comics lore and I just don't think it would work out the way you hope. I've narrowed it down to a few reasons.
#1: Not Enough Heroes
The MCU is still tiny in terms of the heroes we have established. By the time Avengers 3 is here, we have Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Vision, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Falcon, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and possibly Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. That's only 17 heroes from the Marvel Universe. How many heroes were involved in Civil War?
I know, they can't put all of them in due to copyright and whatnot, but Civil War affected just about every superhero on Earth. And currently, it's just not not big enough.
#2: No Secret Identities
You just have to look at the premise of Civil War and it already has a huge factor taken away. In the story, some amateur heroes try to fight some highly dangerous supervillains. Needless to say, it doesn't end well. Most of those heroes die, as well as over 600 people, many of them children. This causes the public to be untrustworthy of costumed heroes, demanding they reveal their secret identities and become civil workers. Captain America claims that secret identities are tradition and it should stay that way. Iron Man claims that the world is changing and this needs to happen. And the divide is formed, hero against hero, friend against friend.
I'm not sure if you realize this, but no one in the movies has a secret identity. Characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Falcon, Thor, and Hawkeye all kept their identities a secret in the comics. In fact, Iron Man reveals he is Tony Stark during this story. And with no secret identities, everyone would know who these people are and threaten them themselves! There would be no reason for Iron Man to round them all up, which reminds me...
#3: They Can't Do That To Iron Man
Now, for the non-comic readers (which is roughly half), let me inform you of a fact that everyone who knew about Iron Man prior to 2008 probably already knows: Robert Downey Jr. is the best thing that ever happened to Iron Man, period. RDJ's charismatic sarcastic take on Old Shell-head changed how he's been written in the comics for the past 6 years. Prior to that, he was just plain boring. He was a boring millionaire with a cool-ish metal suit and he did stuff. Besides his alcoholism, he was never given much edge or charm for that matter. in fact, when Stan Lee created the character, his intent was to take everything we despise in human beings and make us like him.
If their intent is to make us hate him, Civil War is the way to go.
Don't get me wrong, they still wrote the story in a way that you couldn't determine who was right, it still showed Stark's side of the argument and it was agreeable. But my god was he just a jerk. let me give you a rundown of the things he did. He created the Thunderbolts, who were completely composed of supervillains at that time, plus he put Norman Osborn in charge of them. He lead attacks on the heroes who wouldn't comply with the governments registration. Did i mention these were his former teammates, his friends he's worked side by side for years with? And what did he do with them? Throw them in the Negative Zone! No trial, no parole, no escape. Plus, he arrested Captain America, who got assassinated afterwards.
I know, the movie probably won't follow the comic, much like Winter Soldier was nothing like the comic or like Age of Ultron won't be like its namesake, but it's hard to take our rebellious little Iron Man and make him into what he is here.
#4: They'll Need Everyone When Thanos Arrives
It's no secret that Marvel is introducing Thanos, the biggest Avengers villain of all time. And if they're sticking to only three Avengers films, why would they tease him if they go with Civil War? Once they encounter The Mad Titan, that's the entire movie, just The Avengers trying to take him down. How are they going to do this when the worlds heroes are split?
Now, you could make the argument that it adds more to the story that way. The heroes need to put aside their differences in order to face the true threat here and now. They learn to do so and eventually overcome this evil.
That would be a great idea...if all their heroes are already established before Civil War began. Speaking of which...
#5: The MCU Is Still Expanding
Let's go through Phase 3. We have Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and finally Avengers 3. All of these heroes have a significant role in Civil War, which apparently will start in Cap 3. They need a movie all about them, their development into what we know and love about them. That won't work well when you have this massive event going on with the rest of the heroes.
What made Civil War work is exactly what will make it fail on screen. It was during a time When Marvel wasn't continually expanding it's roster. The vast amount of characters that exist in Marvel were already developed and experienced, they had worked with each other for a while and were able to make respected decisions. When they were divided, they were fighting their former partners, they knew their weaknesses, they knew their style, they knew exactly how to beat them. The MCU hasn't reached that yet. We still have at least a dozen more heroes being introduced from the big screen to television to Netflix. We need these heroes to be more developed in order to make this story really come to life.
Now, Marvel may do it differently. they may just stick it to Cap and Iron Man fighting and conflicts arise between the rest. That's the main point, after all. But they should be patient with this idea.Just because the fans want it now doesn't mean you should give it to them now (that's an article for another day). If they really want Civil War, save it for later on, when Marvel will have a ton of characters to utilize. If they do, it will make the event all the more monumentally epic. After all, that's what the comic did.
Agree with me? Too hyped for Age of Ultron to think about Civil War? Let me know in the comments below!