ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Now, the dust may only just have settled from Avengers: Age of Ultron's box-office-dominating arrival last week, but that doesn't mean the recent rush of Marvel speculation is going to stop anytime soon. After all, Ant-Man is just around the corner, and next summer is set to see the release of perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated Marvel movie yet: Captain America: Civil War.

If you're already desperate to know exactly what we're set to see next summer, though - then I may well have some seriously good news for you. It seems as though the script for Civil War may well have leaked via 4Chan, with a detailed plot synopsis now doing the rounds on the internet. Now, of course, any reported leak like this - being both anonymous and unconfirmed - needs to be taken with at least a handful of salt, especially since it often errs on the side of 'slightly too plausible for its own good' to fit all that well with Marvel's usual style.

That being said, if you're so inclined, you can read that detailed synopsis right here, or head below for:

The 10 Biggest Spoilers From Civil War's Script Leak

(Which, somewhat inevitably, contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for both Avengers: Age of Ultron and - if it turns out to be for real - Captain America: Civil War).

First up?

10. It Features A LOT of Avengers...

Specifically: Cap, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine - along with Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Bucky, Black Panther and Spider-Man. No Hulk or Thor, though...

9. ...But They Don't Necessarily End Up on the Side You'd Expect

The leak suggests that it'll be Cap, Scarlet Witch, Falcon and Vision vs Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine and...Spider-Man.

8. Baron Zemo IS the Main Villain...

In so much as it's his evil scheme that seems to be behind most of the conflict in the movie - and that causes most of the two groups of Avengers' fights...

7. But an Old School Marvel Character Plays His Part Too

Yup, that's right, Henry Peter Gyrich makes it into the movie (despite the question of whether his rights are actually owned by Marvel, rather than Fox, seemingly still being up in the air) - and he's just as much of a government stooge and general tool as he is in the comics.

6. Black Panther's Role is Pretty Political...

Specifically, a whole lot of the plot centers on the UN wanting to take control of his nation of Wakanda's Vibranium mining, and Tony Stark's Avengers eventually invading. Which couldn't read more like a metaphor for the Iraq war if it tried...

5. ...Whereas Spider-Man's is Crucial in a Very Different Way

Spidey, y'see, gets a similar role to the comic-book Civil War, with the hero initially being Tony Stark's protege, before realizing that the team's fighting is putting innocents in harm's way, which prompts the teams to put aside their differences.

4. Bucky Gets a Lot to Do

Unlike Spider-Man, Bucky doesn't spend too much time hanging around with the actual Avengers - with most of his sub-plot involving him assassinating Hydra figures around the world - but the plot still all revolves around Cap's search for his best friend.

3. There's a Big (Bad) Moment For Hawkeye

One which those who loved his newly-revealed family in Age of Ultron will be super-bummed to hear - Hawkeye's wife totally gets killed by Crossbones...

On the plus side, though, it sounds as though Hawkeye gets some seriously bad-ass revenge...

Meanwhile, come the end of the movie, once the team has reunited...

2. Bucky Takes Over as Cap...

Or, at least, Cap hands himself in to the authorities, and passes his shield on to Bucky, telling him to remember who he really is: a hero.

And, finally:

1. ...But Cap DOESN'T Die

Yup, that's right - the big moment of the comic-book Civil War's conclusion, in which Cap gets horribly murdered? That's not going to happen in the movies...or at least not yet...

And, again, there's every possibility that the entire 'leaked' script is in fact simply a hoax, created by an enterprising fan. For me at least, the fact that the synopsis reads an awful lot like a plausible summation of everything we know so far, as well as a natural continuation of Avengers: Age of Ultron's ending, suggests it's most likely not for real: I can't help thinking Marvel has a few more surprises up its sleeve than turn up in that script.

What do you think, though?

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