All spoiler-phobes beware - a possible big reveal about Avengers: Age of Ultron lurks below.
Captain America: Civil War is set to begin filming in Atlanta in about a week's time. This has seemingly opened up the floodgates of Marvel related news to come spilling out over the internet like a tipped Big Gulp.
The Return of the Russos
First off is the announcement that Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War directors, the Russo Brothers, will be taking the helm of both Avengers: Infinity War movies. Word has it that Captain America 3 will directly set the stage for Infinity War and that all three movies will be basically shooting back to back (to back?) with the two Infinity Wars shooting in 2016 and 2017.
This news has also lead to a few reports about the synopsis of Captain America: Civil War and how it feeds off of the events of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Let's begin with the official version of things with a small synopsis that went out with the Atlanta casting call for Captain America 3:
“Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.”
Pretty much exactly what we thought was going to happen in Captain America 3, but notice the "collective governments of the world" angle that is included there? With so much of Avengers 2 taking place outside the United States, it would seem that Ultron's destruction of parts of Russia and the Hulkbuster battle in South Africa really does make the Superhuman Registration Act an international affair unlike the original Marvel comic storyline.
And yes, as I've been speculating, the international incidents of Avengers 2 is looking to be exactly how Black Panther gets involved - making one of the world leaders an actual superhero in his own right is bound to make the conversation in Captain America 3 a bit more interesting.
The Starting Civil War Lineup
What preceded and followed the release of this synopsis is a good amount of debate regarding who exactly will be making up the forces in Captain America 3 and who might not even make it out of Avengers 2 to be in consideration. An interesting part of this discussion fell upon Quicksilver and it is sounding a lot like he may not be long for this Marvel world.
Originally there was a rumor about the Civil War lineup that ran on Bleeding Cool that was rather quickly debunked by Badass Digest. But one part of the original rumor may, like many do, contain a small grain of truth to it. While the lineup might be completely bogus, the insinuation that Quicksilver won't make it out of the Age of Ultron alive could be completely true.
Make it Quicksilver
While being debunked, it is said that there was indeed a draft of the Age of Ultron script that featured the death of Quicksilver. That may have changed a couple times over by the time the cameras were rolling, but if you notice the big Avengers "god's eye view" shot from the third trailer, you may notice that there appears to be a missing soldier.
Also, Quicksilver is a tricky character as he is co-owned by Marvel and Fox for the purposes of movies. He was featured prominently, and quite successfully, in X-Men Days of Future Past and will likely be showing up again in X-Men Apocalypse. It seems very likely that Avengers 2 wanted to include Quicksilver to increase the tragedy of Scarlet Witch's origins but not muddy the superhero waters by having two versions of this character running around any longer than need be.
It also seems to make sense that the death of Quicksilver could be exactly what brings Scarlet Witch over to the side of the Avengers in time for the big finale. Having Ultron be responsible for her brother's death is more than a good reason to defect from Team Ultron.
What do you think? Is Quicksilver a dead man running?