Ever since the announcement that the third installment of the Captain America franchise after The Winter Soldier would have the title Civil War, people have been excited what we might see happen in this film. Not only will it pit Captain America against Iron Man, which many hope to see in an all-out brawl between the two, but also the announcement that the one and only Black Panther will make his debut in the film before he receives his own spin-off title. A big theme for the third phase of the franchise seems to be to avoid the classic origin story by introducing their characters throughout the franchise. This allows them to interconnect the films more effectively instead of simple oral references, which some thought felt like too little to truly connect the series.
Yet this does lead to one massive question. How much of these films are truly for the respective character if they are filled with to the brim with others. The most notable will be the upcoming Civil War storyline that feels more akin to an Avengers film. Even Winter Soldier, which had various characters like Black Widow and the Falcon, in its core it still focused on Captain America. However with the presence of Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, Winter Soldier and even Hawkeye it truly feels like it should be an Avengers film rather than focusing on Captain America.
Naturally, how could I forget the biggest of them all, Spider-Man is back home and with it the rumors are spreading that he will become a part of the Civil War film. Especially considering that this character is an essential aspect of the original inspiration for the film overall. Some could say that him being in the film could take away from Black Panther, a character who would require more publicity, as he is rather new to the general public, but as of now we have no idea in what capacity they will introduce the character.
Taken all these heroes into account and we still haven’t focused on any potential villains for the film, it is difficult to say if maybe Marvel should simply title this film Marvel’s Civil War. I know I mentioned that it would work better as a part of the Avengers franchise, but they seem heavily inspired by how comics function, why not simply take some ideas from there? We all loved the crossover events that affect not only single issues, but also the Avengers. In this case, they could keep it separate as having it as a special event bringing multiple heroes together.
Nonetheless, it is still titled Captain America and I am sure the Russo brothers will be able to manage all these characters, while still keeping the focus mainly on Steve Rogers. As an outsider, one still wonders how they will manage it and curiosity will certainly follow with any upcoming press releases or trailers we hopefully see by the end of the year. For now, we could still speculate on a potential after-credit scene in Age of Ultron featuring the character. At this point, maybe it would be a bit better to give Civil War a bit more room to breathe.
What do you think? Can’t wait for Civil War? What other heroes do you want to see in Civil War? Or do you think the film is full enough? Leave a comment below!