Monday the internet/movie/comic book geeks of the world went crazy. Robert Downey Jr. mentioned he is close to signing to appear in Marvel's 2016 Captain America 3 film. That immediately lead to rumors that this would feature one of Marvel's most popular storylines "Civil War." For those of you who don't know the basic premise of "Civil War" the superhero universe is basically divided when the government wants to initiate a Superhero Registration Act which would force superheroes to unmask. One side of the fence was Tony Stark/Iron Man who was all for the act while on the other side was Steve Rogers/Captain America fighting for hero's rights.
That sounds like a pretty epic storyline to have unfold in theaters, but let's ease up, step back, and look at this for a second. I have total faith in Marvel Studios and how they've created the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you read my MCU film ranking list you can see I don't think they've made a bad film yet. However, I'm afraid they will eventually get over their heads with adapting too huge of stories. Here are a few reasons why I think Marvel should either wait or never adapt "Civil War."
Let me also just preface that I was a HUGE fan of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and that I am always rooting for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here is my review of Cap 2 here before I get rolling:
3. Spider-Man movie rights belong to Sony
There have been plenty of rumors lately that Sony may be negotiating with Disney's Marvel to allow Spider-Man to join the Avengers someday. However, at the time that I'm writing this article nothing is finalized so Sony still owns the movie rights to Spider-Man. Why is this such a big deal? Well, in the comic book "Civil War" Spider-Man is one of the main characters besides Captain America and Iron Man.
Spoiler alert for non-comic book readers, but one of the biggest moments in the storyline was when Spider-Man was unmasked in front of the world. It really is a shame movie studios can't work out more deals to share characters, but it is what it is. Who would fill that Spider-Man void in a "Civil War" movie?
2. Not as Many Heroes
This may be cheating because it's a similar point to #1, but it's still valid. Let's take a look at a photo of a bunch of heroes from "Civil War." You see the Fantastic Four and some X-Men don't you? It's the same issue as that of the Spider-Man rights being owned by Sony. The Fantastic Four and X-Men teams movie rights are owned by Fox. Those are huge parts of the storyline that will be missing.
Sure, Marvel does own rights to a ton of the characters we've seen like Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Daredevil, Falcon, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. However, there are tons of heroes who haven't been introduced on screen yet. Captain America 3 is supposed to come out in 2016, the same year we should be getting a Doctor Strange movie. This coming year, in 2015, we are getting Vision, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man introduced. But will the roster be enough for an actual civil war between all the heroes?
1. Busy Building to Thanos & What's the Rush?
We've seen throughout Phase's 1 and 2 that Marvel seems to be building to have Thanos as their big bad. Probably for Avengers 3. Shouldn't they continue focusing on that build as opposed to throwing in a HUGE story in with "Civil War." They shouldn't try cramming too much too soon or the films could start to get cluttered and too complicated to follow.
What's the real rush anyway? Marvel has spoken about having tentative plans until 2028 for movies. If that's the case why do we have to see "Civil War" so soon? Is it because they are afraid of losing Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.? How about they wait and build that story much like the way they built up to The Avengers or how they are building to eventually battling Thanos. Be patient Marvel. You've pretty much cemented yourselves as a staple for at least the next decade.
As you guy's can see, I think it may be a bit of a problem for Marvel to rush into pumping out "Civil War" in just 2 years. They don't have the character depth to do it and they would be setting themselves for possible comic book fan backlash if they mess up the fan-favorite storyline.
What do you guys think though? Would it be a great idea to have Captain America 3 be "Civil War," or do you think they should wait? PLEASE COMMENT BELOW SO WE CAN DISCUSS! Thank you for reading this article and have a tremendous day!
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