With games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and Marvel War of Heroes, the Marvel Civil War has become one of the most well-known comic storylines of our generation.
The Civil War takes place after the actions of an ambitious team of young superheroes cause a small town to be destroyed by a super-villain named Nitro, resulting in numerous casualties. Civilians mourn their losses and blame the deaths on superheroes.
The Superhero Registration Act is passed by the government, which states that all superheroes have to register themselves in order for the government to keep better tabs on them. Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) is the front-runner for the Pro-Registration forces, while Captain America assembles his own team that are against Registration.
The Civil War is such a big deal because it is not only combines the forces of Marvel's biggest and baddest heroes, but it pits them against each other in a full-scale war.
If Marvel plans to bring the Civil War to the silver screen, more power to them. I think that it is a great idea. Instead of the destruction of a small town, the uproar could be caused by the mass destruction that is sure to be brought along with Ultron in the second Avengers movie. However, the current MCU lineup is quite different than the forces that were amassed in the comic storyline. Of course they still have Cap and Iron Man, who will doubtlessly lead their respective teams, but what of the rest?
Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions of who will side with who based on my knowledge of the characters. I do not claim to know everything about these characters, and if your opinions differ from mine, let me know in the comments section. I love hearing what other people have to say on the matter!
Also, possible comic spoilers...
Bruce Banner (The Hulk)
Unfortunately, Banner wasn't even on Earth during the events of the Civil War, and therefore was on neither team. That being said, I can't imagine that Marvel would tackle Planet Hulk and the Civil War at the same time, so I think it's quite probable that Banner will have to take a side in the upcoming event. The question though, is which one?
My bet is that Bruce would side with Stark. Bruce Banner has an obvious bond of friendship with Tony Stark, although that alone wouldn't be the best reason to join an army. I believe that Banner will side with the pro-registration because he has seen first-hand the level of destruction that heroes an cause. After finally having a sense of control about his powers, he will probably support Tony in order to lessen the damage that superheroes are capable of inflicting.
Like Banner, Thor was not present during the Civil War story, but for a different reason. Unfortunately, Thor was seemingly dead due to the Ragnarok event in Asgard (I'm still a little fuzzy on this because I have not personally read the story in which he dies, so that is about as much detail as I can offer). Seeing as Thor 3 has been widely speculated to follow the Ragnarok arc, he may actually be sitting out of the battle.
If he does join the Civil War (which I dearly hope he does), I am more than certain that he wouldn't consent to the whole registration ordeal. He has always been more of a free spirit, never following orders and choosing to do things his own way, so he wouldn't be keen on being monitored by the government. Why would Asgard royalty, the god of thunder no less, bow down to the government of a country of a world that is not his own.
Now even though Thor wasn't in the comic version of the Civil War, a clone of him was created by the Pro-Registration forces. Obviously a clone wouldn't be necessary if Thor was present in the battle, but think about it this way, Ragnarok happens and Thor is seemingly incapacitated. Now onto the Civil War, Stark builds a clone of Thor seeing as the real Thor hasn't shown up. In the heat of battle, the real Thor arrives (deux ex machina anyone?) and slays the false copy, thus joining Cap's team and providing much needed firepower against the Hulk. Just a thought.
Black Widow & Hawkeye
Romanoff fought alongside Cap in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and has developed a sort of bond with him. On the other hand, she has been a dedicated S.H.I.E.L.D. agent for quite a while. Seeing as S.H.I.E.L.D. backs Stark and the pro-registration forces, Black Widow might remain loyal to the organization that she has called home.
Barton is also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (remember when he almost shot Thor?) and could side with Stark for the same reason as Natasha. On the flip side, Hawkeye just helped The Avengers stop an alien invasion in Manhattan, so in his eyes, heroes only stopped further destruction instead of causing it. Of course, this could always change in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Both Black Widow and Hawkeye could fit in on either side, and it is quite likely that they will both end up on the same side, so for the sake of definitive statements, I'm going to say they stay loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. and join Stark.
This one is probably the most obvious. In the comics, he sided with Cap. I suspect the same will happen in the film version. He has just tasted the life of a hero by uncovering a conspiracy and saving millions of lives in The Winter Soldier, so he won't be keen on being monitored by the very people who were just proven to corrupt (you know, the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. being HYDRA thing). Not to mention he's best friends with Captain America. That might affect his decision.
And Of Course, Spider-Man
I know that it isn't official, but it seems likely that Marvel is going to at least split the rights to the web-slinger with Sony, and will therefore be able to include him in the Civil War.
For those of you who don't know, Peter Parker had a major influence in the Civil War. He started out with Stark and the Pro-Registration forces. Atone point Stark even convinced him to reveal his secret identity. However, after Thor's clone killed a hero named Goliath (who had sided with Cap), Spider-Man switched over to the Anti-Registration forces, which significantly altered the course of the war.
I hope that that those events will happen in the film exactly as they did in the comics. Seeing as Goliath has yet to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they may have to find a new way to make Spidey switch sides. Other than that minor detail, the comic events would play out beautifully on-screen.
A few more heroes have yet to be introduced to the MCU, but they will be introduced before Captain America 3. Such heroes include Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision, Ant-Man, and Dr. Strange. If you have ideas on what team they should choose, make sure to make your case in the comment section.
What side would you join?
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