So yea. Captain America: Civil War. That's actually happening. After years of denying it would ever happen, I ate my words a couple nights ago. I always admit defeat, and acknowledge right from wrong (Not that anyone was right or wrong. At the time until now it was STILL all guessing and speculation. But my lack of faith in Marvel being able to do this adaptation is my fault). But this doesn't mean my speculative brain stops working. Civil War may be coming. But it may not come in the way you are thinking. And it's a great idea!!! Why? Well listen up piloteers:
What Is The Civil War?
"Civil War" is a 2006–2007 Marvel Comics crossover storyline built around a self-titled seven-issue limited series written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven, which ran through various other titles published by Marvel at the time. The storyline builds upon the events that developed in previous Marvel crossovers, particularly "Avengers Disassembled", "House of M", "Decimation", and "Silent War". The tagline for the series is "Whose Side Are You On?"
The plot of the series follows a framework storyline in which the U.S. government passes a Superhero Registration Act ostensibly designed to have superpowered characters act under official regulation, somewhat akin to police officers. However, those opposed to the act, led by Captain America, find themselves in conflict with those in support of the act, led by Iron Man, with Spider-Man caught in the middle. The events of the series touch upon themes of liberty, moral responsibility, and civil order, with good-intentioned superhero characters finding themselves upon different sides. The series received polarizing reviews but was a commercial success, spawning many media adaptations.
What Do We Know?
- Civil War will be adapted into Captain America's third movie for Phase 3
- Robert Downey Jr/Tony Stark/Iron Man will be in the film
- Black Panther will also be in the film
- Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained that since superhero secret identities do not exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film will be more about world governments demanding accountability and oversight of superheros instead of them forcibly revealing their true identity to the authorities.
Ok so now that we got the information out of the way, time to discuss. One of the first things I want to bring up is "Black Panther appearing in the film" (Keep in mind, his appearance will be in suit as well). The biggest theory floating around the internet right now is that Black Panther will take Spider Man's place. But why? Well here's a thought: It is thought that Wakanda will be featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron. After all, Ultron needs to get his hand on some vibranium if he's going to truly be a threat to the Avengers. And with the possibilities of Andy Serkis being Ulysses Klaw, this is likely. So why is this of any significance? Well, Wakanda is a pretty isolated country. Barely ever communicating with the outside world. Possibly, Ultron's attack on Wakanda to get Vibranium will lead the Avengers there. But ultimately, it will force Wakanda to interact with the rest of the world. Their isolationism will have to cease after something so dramatic. Now in comes T'Challa, Prince of Wakanda. Still young and eager, he has little understanding of the world. So seeing two huge icons, Captain America and Iron Man, duking it out over world politics and legislation; he will possibly have to face a sudden realization of where he fits in and which side he wants to take.
Seems pretty reminiscent of Spider Man's role in Civil War. Understandably, Black Panther already has a particular role in the comics. But hey, roles can be changed. Or not. Remember, this is speculation.
(I'm unsure what role T'Challa's King father would play in any of this, but that's a separate discussion for another time.)
So onward to the next subject. One worry that I have, and some fans as well, is the role Civil War will play in the Cinematic Universe. Namely because, while the heroes are clashing with each other.....Thanos is still out there. Coming in The Avengers: Infinity War. So how can we have our heroes fight against each other if Thanos is supposed to be the target? Well this is where my opinion floats in:
The Civil War will only be adapted and confined within Captain America 3. We will not see the effects of the Civil War float throughout the MCU, but that the situation will start and end within that movie alone (At least, not a huge effect. Huge enough to shift from the main story/conclusion of the infinity stones, gauntlet, and Thanos anyways). Like many other comic stories in past Marvel movies, we will be getting a condensed adaptation of the Civil War. Meaning it probably won't be on the GRAND scale as the comic book counterpart. Meaning we won't be seeing armies of heroes fighting each other. Following Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3 will probably see us back to the political thriller aspects of this particular franchise. Don't get me wrong, action will STILL be apparent. Just not on the grandiose scale as we hope. We're only confirmed three heroes for the film right now. I don't really see more than that, except maybe Hawkeye, Falcon, and Black Widow. Maybe.
Which in the eye of a comic book fan, kind of sucks. There's a lot of content within Civil War, and it leads into so many other great stories like World War Hulk and etc....But....It kind of makes sense.
Think about it! From a business and competitive standpoint, what does Captain America 3 have to worry about....something super......something dark..and knightish.....OH YEA!!!!!! That's right. Around the same time, Captain America 3 and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be duking it out for ticket sales on the big screen.
Think about it for a second: A superhero movie pitting two of DC's greatest heroes together in one of their most iconic comic stories? How can Captain America 3 compete with that?.....Well how about Marvel does the same thing: Pit's their two biggest heroes against each other in one of THEIR biggest comic stories ever?
But one might ask: What about the end of the film? Surely they're not simply going to forgive each other in a cookie cutter happy ending, right? This IS the Civil War we're talking about, after all.
Well recently, it was speculated on this website that Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman would be manipulating Bruce Wayne into being against Superman. Until ultimately, they team up at the end of the film to fight a common enemy
Will Captain America follow this same formula? If so, who would be the "common enemy?" Maybe Red Skull returns, in disguise? Maybe Baron Strucker? Zemo? Could HYDRA play a part? Since Tony Stark is in the film, maybe AIM could come back and we could see MODOK? I'm sure all these people have the incentive to use the government to control and regulate superheroes.
Or maybe this is a bunch of crap and I'm completely FAR from the truth. It is, after all, speculation.
Away from speculation and personal thoughts on the table, I can't wait for this film regardless of what happens. I'm big into libertarianism theory, and the Civil War arc was one of my all time favorite comic stories. I always have, and always will, side with #TeamCaptainAmerica. Individual liberty and privacy, dude.