With the recent announcement and confirmation of Captain America 3 being titled to reflect the popular comic title Civil War, it has definitely stirred up quite a bit of excitement among fans! The popular comic story [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) is based on ran from 2006-2007; the story is about the government passing a new law forcing heroes to register with the government to become a super-powered police force. The controversial law pinned hero against hero and friend against friend as the superhero community was split down the middle siding with either Captain America or Iron Man.
Now that we know this is the story that will play out in 2016's Captain America film I can't help but wonder, on what side of this war will each of our heroes fall? Even though most of these heroes will probably not be appearing in the film (it would be much too full with all of them), most likely several of them will be appearing as side characters, some on Iron Man's side and some with the anti-registration, siding with Captain America. Here are my predictions:
It's no secret that Cap leads those opposing the registration act. He leads the heroes in hiding, fighting occasional crime (as that's their duty), and trying to outsmart and outrun his former friend, Iron Man, and the heroes on the registration side.
But what you may not now is how the Civil War ends....
In the middle of the Pro-Registration and Anti-Registration's largest fight yet, Cap hesitates in his physical confrontation with Iron Man, but is attacked and held back by several civilians. Cap sees that the new law is what the American people want, and he surrenders. Soon after, Steve Rogers is shot and killed on his way into the courthouse to face criminal charges. The assassination is orchestrated by Red Skull and Crossbones, but was actually performed by a brainwashed Agent Carter (Agent 13 from Cap 2).After his death Bucky Barnes takes up the shield and uniform, taking up the persona of Captain America.Just like all superhero deaths, they're short lived. A few years later it's revealed that Cap wasn't actually shot but that the bullet phased him out of time and space and he comes back, relieves Bucky as Captain America, and re-joins the Avengers.
This choice makes the most sense, Falcon was not only Captain America's sidekick in Cap 2 this year, but he's also one of his closest friends in the comics. In Civil War, Falcon does join up with Cap right in the beginning when they attempt to convince Congress that superheroes require their secrecy so they can keep some normalcy in their lives, such as a family.
In Cap 2 it became very obvious that Falcon was one of the few people Cap could explicitly trust, and even at the end of the film when invited to go along with Fury he states his loyalty to Steve. I can't see him leaving his side.
Black Widow was amazing in WS this year, and I loved the chemistry between her and Rogers, even though it's not confirmed, I am really hoping she'll appear, and I do believe with the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D., and her disappointment with her employers turning out to be the bad guys she thought she was fighting all along, I would stake a lot of money on her siding with Cap in the anti-registration. She knows how easily corruptible an organization with that much power can become.
Bucky was one of the best parts of Captain America: Winter Soldier ; he's one of the two title characters! We know Sebastian Stan signed on for nine Marvel films AFTER his original appearance in Captain America: the First Avenger, so he has eight more appearances left, and the directors did confirm he'll be appearing in their next installment of Captain America. Hopefully, you stayed after all the credits for CA:WS's bonus scene where we saw Bucky walking around the Smithsonian, reading about Rogers and Barnes in WWII. The look on his face was priceless as he read about his apparent death and heroism.
My guess is that with Cap going underground against the law, he's going to be hiding, but he'll learn some information about where Bucky is and it'll draw him out. Maybe even Stark will use this to manipulate Cap out of hiding. Two years will have passed since Cap and Bucky last saw each other, it'll be interesting to see how much Bucky has changed. In a world where all he really knows is killing, but he's learning about who he used to be, it'll be really fascinating to see how much growth we'll see in our future Captain America. If Bucky chooses sides in the Superhero Civil War, I'm positive he wouldn't side with Iron Man and the pro-registration government heroes, maybe it's purely out of hope in seeing his relationship with Rogers grow.
I know we haven't even met him yet, and in reality he may not even be appearing in CA:CW because his solo film won't come out until later that year, but it's possible, because Black Panther will be appearing even though his film is debuting a year later. So it could happen. His name's already been dropped in the Cinematic Universe so our heroes are aware of him.
Dr. Strange would be a really fun addition to Cap's little army. In the comic story line, Dr. Strange was a great addition to the anti-registration side, even though he sat out most of the Civil War, he still sided with Cap and allowed the heroes to use his home as a base. Even after the war was over, he aided the underground New Avengers, led by Luke Cage, and was beneficial to the team with his teleportation spells.
So there are two problems with me trying to place Hawkeye: he wasn't in the original comic storyline, and we don't know much about his movie counterpart. With these two things in mind, I am still guessing he'll choose the anti-registration side. His relationship with Black Widow makes me believe he'll choose similarly to her, and, like her, I'm convinced he'll choose anti-registration after seeing how easily corrupted S.H.I.E.L.D. turned out to be. Hawkeye will most likely see the same problem with the pro-registration law, and the potential of it inducing an equally disastrous event. I'm very curious to learn what he's been doing since S.H.I.E.L.D., and in Ultron next summer we've been promised that we'll learn more about him, so maybe we'll be better able to make an informed decision in May.
Even though I'm convinced he'll side with Cap and Widow, if he's actually in Civil War it may add some dramatic intrigue if he sides opposite BFF Black Widow.
Although it's unlikely that Hulk will be appearing in Civil War, we've all seen the trailer with the footage of him and Iron Man in the Hulkbuster fighting. It's my opinion that one of two things could be happening: the first is that Banner is losing control of the Hulk and he's trashing the city. The second is that the battle is actually the dark side of himself that Scarlet Witch shows him (as referenced in the leaked scene between Cap and Stark where they're chopping wood). However, I think that is unlikely due to the other Banner clips in the trailer where he's beaten and distraught. No, I believe it's the former idea that Banner is having trouble controlling the Other Guy. This makes me doubtful that Banner would want to join the pro-registration side, even his strong friendship with Stark makes me doubt this, because I think he'd be nervous about being put in a cell and sedated somewhere.
Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
Well when Civil War debuts in 2016, Ant-Man will have been the most recent superhero movie out. Even though we don't know much about him yet, we do know that he starts out as a thief by stealing the Ant-Man technology from Hank Pym, presumably to help earn money to pay for his daughter's medical bills. With that in mind, it seems likely he'd be on the opposite end of the law, and more of a street and alley type super-hero.
The Daredevil Netflix original series will be premiering in May 2015, so a year before Civil War comes to theaters. It's unlikely that Daredevil will make an appearance, but assuming that the television show is well received, I think he'd make a great sidekick character to be with Cap the entire movie, similar to how Falcon in Cap 2.
In the comics, Daredevil sided with Cap and the anti-registration heroes, and, as an anti-hero type character who works in the shadows, it's unlikely he'd be siding with the government.
Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver
With these two being introduced a year before Civil War comes out, and both of them being perfect "sidekick" or "B" characters, they could easily appear in part for Civil War.
I believe that with their criminal background they wouldn't be the types to join up with the government, they'd be naturally distrusting of such an organization. Although, if they're trying to go straight and truly attempt to become heroes, maybe they would sign up with Iron Man after all, just as they did in the comics when they originally joined the Avengers.
Iron Man will be leading the pro-registration heroes after the government passes the law, creating his new team of registered Avengers. After Age of Ultron next summer there is no doubt that Stark will be reeling with remorse and guilt over Ultron, his creation, causing so much damage and death. It's very likely that the problems with Ultron will be one of the (if not the biggest) reasons that the law passes anyway.
When Civil War ends....
Before Captain America can stand trial he's shot and killed, leaving Stark just one more thing to feel guilty over. He's immediately appointed the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., and co-leads the Mighty Avengers with Ms. Marvel. With the new S.H.I.E.L.D. being rebooted on television it's unlikely that Stark would appear as the new director, but what's more likely is that he'll be appointed into a position of government overseeing the registration of heroes, such as secretary of defense.Tony also helps outline a Fifty State Initiative, where super powered people are all registered and trained to control their powers, and a superhero team is assigned to each of the 50 states.
Even though there is a large rumor going around that Rhodey is killed in the initial fight at Stark Tower with Ultron, it's possible it's just a rumor. However, if you've seen the extended trailer you know what I'm talking about: Ultron comes out limping, telling the Avengers that they're puppets, and apparently Rhoades isn't in the rest of movie, so is it a possibility that he's going to be killed off? It's possible, especially with no Iron Man films set up for the future, why not kill of Rhoades? What would they be saving him for?
However, if he's still around by the time Civil War hits, there's no doubt in my mind he'll side with Iron Man and the government. When we last saw him in Iron Man 3 he'd pretty much bailed on Stark and sided with the government, I can't see him turning on the government now, especially with his buddy backing them up.
With her recent employment at Stark Industries, and her role in the comic book story Civil War, I'm very confident that Maria will be siding with Stark and the government.
In the comics, she was running S.H.I.E.L.D. while Fury was underground during the Civil War. Also in the comics, at this time, Hill despised the Avengers; she saw them as non-responsible vigilantes who had too much power and no accountability. She was probably a large part of the reason the law passed. Her movie universe counterpart is very different than the comic book version, but I do think that her allegiances are with Stark and not only because they're working together now, but because I predict her seeing the Ultron-caused destruction and seeing that with S.H.I.E.L.D. gone, the Avengers could pick up the slack and do so much good if they had the government on their side.
He's one of the few characters who has actually been confirmed to be appearing in Civil War, and more than an entire year before his solo film. It's unlikely that he'll take sides in the Superhero War, as he doesn't even reside in America, but if he were to do so, I believe he would take Stark's side with the law. Being a king himself, I see him siding with the government.
I believe his part in the Civil War will be one of two things:
1. He'll be assisting Captain America in the beginning of the movie, repairing his broken shield with the vibranium that can only be found in Wakanda.
2. Since he's not an America citizen, it's also likely he doesn't fall under the Superhero Registration Act's law. So I could see him sympathizing with Cap and allowing him to seek asylum and hide out in his country.
Vision will be making his debut appearance in Ultron next summer. He's one of the most powerful Avengers, and assuming he makes it out of the final battle between the heroes and Ultron, I'm really hoping we get to see plenty more of him.
Little is known of the movie character. We can assume that he's created by Ultron (like in the comics) to basically be his slave that is sent out to do many errands, including kill the Avengers. Since he's being played by Paul Bettany, we can assume that he'll be similar to the movie universe's Jarvis, who is Stark's robotic butler. If he makes it through Avengers 2, it's my assumption that he'll resume his work for Stark as his original creator, and the man who can repair him when needed. Plus, I think Vision would see the purely logical side of the Superhero War and understand that a law has been passed and it's illogical to go against it.
Ant-Man (Hank Pym)
Hank's gone by many names in the comics: Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and most recently, Wasp. By the time Civil War comes out we'll have been barely introduced to Pym, played by Michael Douglas. It's likely that this brilliant scientist will side with his bro Stark, just as he did in the comics.
I believe that because Pym is older and he's seen quite a bit of superhero events, he'll see that the future of the world needs this registration law.
It's going to be forever hard for me to hear her called Captain Marvel, versus Ms. Marvel. I've always preferred that name.
Ms. Marvel has her own solo movie announced, but not until 2018, two years after Civil War. I hope we don't have to wait that long to meet her, she's one of my very favorite superheroes.
In the comics she sided with Stark during the Civil War, she's been a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, an Avenger, she's even been on an X-Men team, and a most recently was a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. But originally, she was an air force pilot. So, assuming that they at least keep her origin, if she were to pick a side in the war, I would see her siding with the government that she's already affiliated with.
This character has become such a huge part of the Cinematic Universe. Even though he was not in the comics at the time, he's since been written into the comics, but he's such an iconic character to this world that I am hoping he soon makes it to a reunion with his Avenger friends and teammates. They still think he's dead!
With his task in Agents this fall, he's the new director of the new S.H.I.E.L.D., and since he saw the alien invasion first hand, and Ultron's attack, PLUS all of the crap that's been going on in the television show, Coulson will most likely see the logic in asking people to register their super powered selves with the government. He's spending his entire time as director doing this already, and with the most recent episode, he's on his way to mending the relationship between S.H.IE.L.D. and the government. I think he'll see the new law as a necessary progression for the future.
This is the scene (part of it) that started the entire Civil War mini series. With S.H.I.E.L.D. pretty much gone in the movie universe though, it's unlikely we'll see this scene play out in the movie... but it's seriously chilling, plus Steve McNiven's art is just amazing!
There's much more to it than that, but this is the scene that makes Cap the face of the anti-registration, and immediately following his escape he's given all the heroes who disagree with the law a reason to fight, and a leader to follow.