Back in October it was announced that the third Captain America film would be titled "Captain America: Civil War" which got a lot of comic book fans exited. For those who are unaware, the Civil War story line is about a law known as The Superhuman Registration Act being passed after a tragic event occurs involving a super villain named Nitro (It will be Ultron in the MCU). The laws forces all Superhumans to reveal their true identities to the public (In the film it's just about who is working for the government since everyone knows who the heroes are) . Iron Man supports this law, but Captain America does not therefore they are forced to go head to head against one and other. It featured almost every single big player in the story, from Wolverine to Spider-Man to Black Widow etc. In the end, Steve Rogers surrenders himself to SHIELD, but before he even makes it inside the building he is shot and killed by a brainwashed Sharon Carter (Crossbones also played a part in the assassination as well). This story was so huge in the comics, people have asked the question, Disney only owns certain characters from Marvel comics. They don't have The X-Men or The Fantastic Four, and they played very big roles in the story (Mainly the FF) so how can this story be pulled off?
Well let's get one thing straight, the film is called "Captain America: Civil War" so I think it's pretty obvious who this movie is going to focus on the most. A lot of people have told me that, the film will have equal focus on both Steve and Tony and Tony is the bad guy. For those who believe those things, I don't mean to disappoint you but, this film will be about Captain America. Robert Downey Jr said the following, "Ultimately it's Steve's story; it doesn't say 'Iron Man 4: Civil War'.". Basically, this film is about Steve Rogers and what he is trying to deal with after the events of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. Now about the other thing, regarding that people have been saying that Iron Man is going to be the villain of the movie, well he will likely be an antagonist but certainly not a villain. He will go up against Cap and the people who are against the law, but do you think that he really wants to fight his former teammate and friend? Of course he wouldn't and Steve wouldn't want to fight Tony either. So he won't be a villain but an antagonist just like Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he doesn't want to fight Steve, but he is forced to. Which gets me thinking about who the true villains will be, my guess HYDRA are the ones responsible for making this law, knowing that Steve would disagree with something like The Registration Act they could seize the opportunity to make him fugitive to The Nation. Daniel Bruhl was cast as the villain in November, and in January it was reported that he would play Baron Zemo. While no executive at Marvel has confirmed this, it does make sense seeing as how he is one of Cap's biggest enemies. What role could he play in the film though? Simple, he may be one of the 'senators' forcing Stark to hunt down Rogers and the other characters that are on his side. Just a theory, but it makes sense.
Now let's look at who will be involved in this film. As of now the official cast of "Captain America: Civil War" is Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Bruhl and Frank Grillo. Besides Tony Stark and Black Panther (Boseman) all of these actors are playing Captain America related characters (Bruhl is a maybe) You have Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, Winter Soldier (Stan) and Crossbones (Grillo). So the question is who is on what side? Falcon, Widow and Hawkeye are obviously going to side with Steve. What about Bucky? He is Cap's best friend so shouldn't he go with Steve too? Well think about it, Bucky is damaged, he is still trying to find answers about who he really is and he will likely be trying to hunt down HYDRA so why would he get caught up in this mess in the first place. I think he won't be on either side, like Black Panther who is playing Spider-Man's role. Speaking of which, what about Spider-Man, what will he be doing in this film? Not a lot most likely, it was only a month ago when Marvel and Sony reached an agreement saying Spidey was going to show up in the MCU and filming for this movie begins late March early April. It would be pretty tough to re write parts of the script just to include Spider-Man in that short amount of time. So I don't think he may even show up at all, maybe in the post credits sequence but that's it. How about Crossbones? The Russo brothers said they had big plans for the character in this film. I honestly don't know, he won't just show up randomly so I think they will have him as a "government agent" working with Stark to take down Cap and of course when Stark finds out that Crossbones is working with HYDRA, he joins Steve and they fight the bad guys. I know that's a long shot but I don't think Cap and Stark will be on opposite sides for the entire film, they have to put aside their differences to fight the villains during the final battle and then resolve the conflict during the climax of the film.
Finally, the most discussed topic about this film; will Captain America die at the end of this movie? I don't think he will for these reasons, Chris Evans has a six picture contract this movie will be his fifth film. His cameo in Thor: The Dark World does not count because they asked him to do that post production. Even though Evans said he wants to start directing, he also mentioned that being Captain America was his best career choice and he plans to fulfill his six picture contract. Captain America should be killed in Avengers: Infinity War part 1. He could make a speech about how Thanos has no honor and how no matter what good will always triumph over evil, just like in the comic book. It would totally work for his character and be an amazing (yet hateful) cliffhanger.
Well that's how I think Civil War is going to be pulled off in The Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is just opinion based so if you don't agree that's fine. Thanks for reading!