Things are going to get very interesting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While moviegoers eagerly await the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, many look beyond the 2015 release to speculate what will happen to the Avengers in Marvel's Phase 3. We can safely say that Phase 3 will be different as Earth Mightiest Heroes may be fighting among themselves. As moviegoers know, the summer of 2016 will open with the anticipated [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409).
The title to the third Captain America film puts suspicions to rest as the studio plans to adapt one of Marvel Comics' massive event story. Not only is the Civil War coming to the MCU, but it has been confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising this role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the 2016 film. That detail alone cements that Civil War is being adapted as it was Captain America going up against Iron Man in the story line. So in 2016, it will be Captain America vs. Iron Man. This fight is basically Marvel's version of Batman vs. Superman (which incidentally comes out the same year). While it would certainly be cool to watch the heroes go head to head, this direction could be a delegate situation. We are not just dealing with the two characters facing off, but in fact two heroes who have fought side by side. Both Captain America and Iron Man are characters that moviegoers have come to know and love for the past 6 years; so handling their tension needs to be done with the best of care. While we still have plenty of time before the movie's release, let us takes this time to speculate just what would be the best way to handle these two Avengers' direction in Captain America: Civil War?
We will start with the First Avenger Captain America. Seeing that this is the third Captain America film, we know that Steve Rogers is going to be front and center. Captain America has been portrayed as someone who says what he means and means what he says. While Steve Rogers is a soldier, he is never one to blindly follow orders. An example of this trait was in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) when Capt debated with Nick Fury the means of protecting the world. SHIELD had a new means to protect the world with their armada of hellicarriers, but Captain America believed SHIELD's intentions would only create a massive panic to the world. In the movies, Captain America has always stood by his morals; which makes him an easy character to get behind. So whatever reason Capt may have to go against the government and Iron Man, it is likely a good one.
Iron Man is the trickier character to pull off in this situation. In the comic Civil War, Tony was the practically the story's antagonist. So could the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist be turning to the dark side in the upcoming movie? It may look that way but the studio cannot simply turn Iron Man heel. While Tony Stark is heavily flawed, he does means well as tries to take responsibility for his actions. This is just one of the reason why Iron Man has become a great character; so to make him out to be the villain would not be a practical move. The best way to develop Tony Stark in Civil War is pulling a play from The Fugitive. In this scenario: Iron Man is basically Tommy Lee Jones' character in the 1993 movie. While US Marshall Samuel Gerald chased Richard Kimble across the country in order to bring Kimble to justice, he was still a character that moviegoers could get behind. That is the kind of the character that Tony Stark needs to be in Phase 3. Even if the Iron Avenger's intention are wrong, he still has be a character that moviegoers are willing to support.
Captain America and Iron Man are in for a collision, there is no doubt about it, but this conflict should not be so black and white. While the civil war is imminent, the filmmakers need to remember that we not watching two opponents going at it, but rather two teammates. However, how this war will ensue remains to be seen. We still have a whole movie to get through before know how Civil War will play out; not to mention that we a dozen questions to be answered. Yet, no matter how this plays out, one thing is clear to me: we will see Captain America vs. Iron Man; if not in Civil War, then definitely some time in Marvel's Phase 3.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016 and see both Captain America and Iron Man in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035); arriving in theaters May 1, 2015.