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Assuming that you have already witnessed the masterpiece known as Avengers: Age of Ultron, you are probably really excited for the next movie. And no, I don't mean Ant Man (but you're probably pumped for that too). I mean Captain America: Civil War, which will be released in about a year. What you may be wondering, though, is how the movies will tie together. Age of Ultron didn't leave us with the Cap vs. Iron Man conclusion that many of us predicted. In fact, they said goodbye as best friends and Iron Man retired his suit! In addition, only a third of the original Avengers are still on the team. The others are all either retired or MIA. So how will this connect to one of the most star-studded super hero movies that is not technically an Avengers film?? Well, let's take a look and see, starting with...
The New Team
At the end of the movie, Cap and Black Widow go to see their new team, consisting of Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Falcon and Vision. Now, this may be just me, but these guys could certainly make an epic group of Avengers. Now at the moment, only Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) are confirmed for Cap 3. Don Cheadle (War Machine) is rumored, but we've heard nothing from Paul Bettany (Vision). Black Widow is part of the new team too, and she is also confirmed for Cap 3. It's safe to say, however, that at least most of the new Avengers will play a role in the Civil War. But the big question is whose side will they be on???
My bet is that the new recruits will follow Captain America in the War since they are already following him on the new team. Some may think that War Machine will jump ships and side with Tony Stark, but I doubt that. Rhodes has disagreed (to put it lightly) with Stark more in the past than even Captain America has, usually because Rhody knows what is right when Stark begins to turn to something wrong. After that, Falcon should side with Cap like in the comics since they are now BFF's, and Scarlet Witch will most likely side with Cap as well because she will most likely still be holding some grudges against Stark and the American government at that point. Finally, Vision, if he does show up, will most likely side with Cap for one purpose: Cap's side is less violent. Vision even stated in Age of Ultron that he is "on the side of life." It has been made clear that Tony Stark will be portrayed as more of a villain in Cap 3, so the Vision will again want to side with the protagonist of the movie.
Tony Stark's Agenda
When we last say Tony at the end of Age of Ultron, he was getting in his car (that drove itself because, hey, it's Tony Stark) saying that he was going to follow what Hawkeye had done and will take a leave of absence. But do you really think that Tony Stark will be done trying to do the right thing right after an entire city was destroyed by his robotic Frankenstein's monster? Well I don't. Tony may be taking a break from the suit for a while (again...) but he will still want to at least try to do something good for the world. That vision Scarlet Witch put into his head hasn't been forgotten yet. Feeling bad for the destruction of the city he caused at the end of the movie, he will try to do everything to fix his mistakes. This is much like in the Civil War comics where half of Stamford, Connecticut was blown up and he blamed himself. That was what caused Tony to lead the Registration side of the War, and the final battle of AoU will most likely be why Tony will decide to side with the government's new regulations. Tony will do this because he thinks that these actions are for the greater good and also because he hopes that it will clear his heavy conscience, that he feels gets filled with more and more regrets every time Marvel makes a movie. He will not start the war as Iron Man, but as a business man trying to fix his own mistakes to protect the war.
Walking out of the theater, I felt happy that Clint Barton had finally retired the bow and arrow to spend time with his family that suddenly appeared out of thin air. I'm sure everyone else was too. Hawkeye barely made it out of that movie alive, after almost being killed (again) in the first five minutes. So it looks like the Hawk is going to live happily ever after on his farm....
...Oh wait a minute, I forgot. He's been confirmed to be in Captain America: Civil War. Sorry Barton children, your Dad has to go back to work. So unless Marvel cast him super early for the movie just so they could show him mowing the lawn for two minutes, it's probably a safe bet that Hawkeye is going to take a side in the War. But how??? Who will he side with? Now, if I remember correctly, Hawkeye did not play a role in the comics Civil War (at least not Clint Barton, Kate Bishop took over as a different Hawkeye in the war). It's now time to use our own judgement on where Clint Barton will stand. My bet is that he will side with Stark, for a few reasons. First is the obvious reason, Stark doesn't look like he really has any allies yet in the War, but he obviously needs some, otherwise this movie is going to suck. Second, Hawkeye seems like he is more prone to follow the government than to follow some 'rebels'. He may not always think the law is right, but he will defend it. These morals exist in the comic book version of Hawkeye and is seen often in the movies. Remember, this is a guy who almost shot and killed Thor in Thor's first movie. Thirdly, he will side with Stark to protect his family. Barton has made it clear that he no longer wants to fight, but will do so if it means his family and the rest of the world will be safe. Because of this, Hawkeye will go to the easy answer, a law that regulates superhuman activity so that a falling city doesn't land on top of his family's house. But who knows? Clint Barton may be up for siding with Cap during the War. Hawkeye might even end up being the wild card of the movie.
Nick Fury, Maria Hill and SHIELD
So, whether you like it or not, SHIELD is still legally abolished. But this won't stop Nick Fury, Maria Hill and that officer that looks like Skylar Astin from still doing what SHIELD used to do best: help out the Avengers and protect the world. Unfortunately, none of these actors have been cast (or even rumored, as far as I know) to pop up in Civil War. Now Nick Fury makes sense to be absent from Cap 3 because in the movies he is still legally dead and in the comics he was also legally dead during this time, but would send some help to Cap if he needed it (like fake ID's). This can easily be played out by Captain America just saying he is in contact with Fury. Due to the circumstances of the movie, I'm sure most fans won't get too mad that they didn't get to actually see Fury mail the ID's to Cap, but you never know with the internet these days.
Maria Hill's absence, though, is a shock to me, though. In the comics, she was the standing Director of SHIELD since Fury was "dead" and she was even more of an antagonist than Stark. Her stance on the War was if you're not with her, you're legally a criminal and deserve to be wiped out. But since SHIELD is no longer part of the government, it's a safe bet that the US government themselves will enact the law and use people like Tony Stark to enforce it. In fact, in one of my recent articles, I mentioned that General Ross from the Incredible Hulk was rumored to show up in Civil War and may in fact be the "New Maria Hill" to try to enforce the law. You can find the link here. But who knows. It's still a year away. SHIELD may come back during that time, or we may not even see SHIELD at all during the movie.
So What's Up With Thor?
Well, to be honest, (WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS) Thor is most likely paving the way to the end of the world. That's right, he's starting the Ragnarok. But that's not important right now. What you do need to know is that we won't be seeing Thor again for a little while. He's got an annoying adopted brother, a missing father, a bunch of infinity stones, a mad titan and presumably a giant fire monster named Surtur to take care of.
So we probably won't see Thor on Earth again for a long while. BUT, we may end up seeing his clone. If you don't already know, the comic book Civil War takes place after the Ragnarok, and it causes all of the Avengers to presume Thor dead. But, missing his old friend and trying to put an end to the War, Tony Stark teams up with a couple other geniuses like Hank Pym to create a clone of Thor. This all goes wrong throughout the rest of the War after the clone / "Clor" ends up killing Bill Foster / Giant Man. Unfortunately, it looks like Chris Hemsworth will not be appearing in Cap 3, so either the clone will look completely different from Thor or there will just be no clone. But maybe Vision may be able to take over as Clor in the movie since he can technically wield Mjolnir. But that won't explain the malfunctioning. So this is another one we will just have to wait on. But now the real question:
One of the big questions on everyone's mind is "Where the hell did Hulk go?!" Well, this also follows right up with the Civil War storyline. In the comics, Hulk was actually gone for the entire War. Where was he? On some planet named Sakaar after the Illuminati (consisting of people like Tony Stark, Professor X, Doctor Strange, etc.) sent him into space due to Banner's lack of control of the Hulk. This led to Hulk eventually returning to Earth so pissed off that he literally flattened New York City. Now, I'm honestly relieved that they aren't doing the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk story lines. Those make good comics, but it would just be too far fetched for an MCU movie. Bruce Banner is probably just hiding out somewhere in South America or Africa again, like in The Incredible Hulk and the beginning of The Avengers. Though Hawkeye is coming out of hiding for the Civil War, I doubt that Hulk will. He already felt bad enough killing a bunch of Nazis, so there is no way you will see Bruce Banner pulling a Code Green to fight his friends. Chances are, we will have to wait for the Infinity War to see the Hulk again. Or maybe an end credits scene.
I actually did have a theory that instead of Tony Stark teaming up with the others to make a clone of Thor, he would actually team up with General Ross to turn Ross into the Red Hulk to replace Banner who is MIA. This is on the same link that I mentioned earlier, but you can find it here.
Blank Panther, Ulysses Klaw and Wakanda
Now I don't know about anyone else, but I totally flipped out when the Avengers mentioned Wakanda. It was a clear example of how far the MCU intends to dive into the world of Marvel. For those who aren't aware, Wakanda is a fictional location that is the home of none other than Black Panther, who will be played by Chadwick Boseman (he was Jackie Robinson in 42) during Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. Ulysses Klaw (the guy on the right of the picture above) is played by Andy Serkis (Gollum from Lord of the Rings, King Kong in King Kong and Caesar from the newer Planet of the Apes franchise). For those who don't already know him, Klaw is a major Black Panther villain who is known for trying to hunt down Black Panther. Though I don't believe we will see Klaw during the Civil War, we should see him more down the road.
It is unclear right now what side Black Panther will be on at the moment. In the comics, he sided with Cap. Before the Sony-Marvel deal, he was believed to be the "new" Spider-Man role. Now, all we know is that he will be in it. All you really need to know from here, however, is that we will definitely see Black Panther show up in Captain America: Civil War somehow and he will most likely be coming from Wakanda.
That's all I can think of right now. Do you have any questions about any of it? Was there anything I missed? Am I totally off? Sound off in the comments! And please remember to share! Thanks! :)