SPOILER WARNING FOR NON-COMIC READERS.
Comic book fans have been witnessing a truly amazing, unexpected and unending (we do wan't that to happen, don't we?) saga of superhero movies, beginning from 2008, all thanks to the idea which has unified our uni-beam shooting, shield-wielding, hammer-throwing, tank-busting, pretty-looking superheroes into one great movie series- the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (MCU). And if that wasn't enough, we even got a taste of inter-galactic guardians, and are soon to encounter a Wakandan chief, an air-force pilot turned cosmic superhero, and a group which is 'not really human' . And to add extra cheese to this already awesome pizza, 2015 is going to bring one of the greatest comic book story lines on the silver screen- Marvel's CIVIL WAR story line.
The plot of the series follows a framework storyline in which the U.S. government passes a Superhero Registration Act ostensibly designed to have superpowered characters act under official regulation, somewhat akin to police officers. However, those opposed to the act, led by Captain America, find themselves in conflict with those in support of the act, led by Iron Man, with Spider-Man caught in the middle; the X-Men take a neutral stance. The superheroes that support the law, led by Iron Man, Dr. Reed Richards and Ms. Marvel, increasingly become authoritarian. In the aftermath of the war, Captain America, is defeated and imprisoned. The events of the series touch upon themes of liberty, moral responsibility, and civil order, with well-intentioned superhero characters finding themselves upon different sides.
BUT........ is it truly going to be a WAR??
A WAR NEEDS A LOT OF GUYS, RIGHT??
"If history classes have taught us something, then one of them is that wars are incomplete without soldiers...a lot of soldiers"
The number of characters in the Civil War story line is enormous. Starting from all of well known members of the Avengers...extending to Spidey and even The Punisher, with both having major parts in the comics.Although Spiderman is set to be a part of Civil War, we've got no idea if Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as the Punisher, as in the second season of Daredevil.
Technically thinking, Captain America: Civil War won't be a complete adaptation of one of Marvel's greatest events, but will be a film which borrows ideas from the 7-book series. We can't blame Sarah Finn or Kevin Feige, either. It is virtually impossible to portray so many superheroes together.
HOW WILL IT BEGIN?? EH?
"The beginning of the end..."
The beginning of Civil War may also be a well speculated issue among comic book fans and movie geeks. In the comics,public sentiment toward superheroes plummeted after an incident in Stamford, Connecticut, in which the New Warriors, a group of young superheroes and the focus of a reality TV show, botched an attempt to apprehend a group of super villains in a quest for better ratings. In the resulting fight the villain Nitro used his explosive powers to destroy several city blocks, including an elementary school at the epicenter, resulting in the death of over 600 civilians, 60 of whom were children, with just Speedball of the Warriors and Nitro himself surviving. Although many high-profile superheroes assisted in the relief and rescue effort, there were a number of isolated revenge attacks, eventually leading to the implementation and consequences of the Superhuman Registration Act, a legislative bill which required the mandatory registration of any person based in the United States with super powers.
However, in the MCU, this may, or may not be the case.
ENORMOUS SPOILER ALERT!!
A bit of confusion has been created by the post-credits scene of the recently released ANT-MAN (yeah, you read right), Being the last Marvel movie before Civil War, it was expected to contain some content related to it, but what showed up, was straight-edge perplexing!
The scene showed some dank and dark underground hiding place with the WINTER SOLDIER on his knees, leaning against a chair, and looking pretty badly beaten as he looks up at Falcon. Captain America walks in and he and Falcon began to exchange some words which, as I said, leads to the confusion.
Falcon: "Should we tell Stark?"
Captain America: "No. He'd never believe us. We're on our own."
( I'd like to convey my gratitude to Aaron Hubbard for letting us know of this easter egg,and many more. Here's his article: SPOILERS: Ant-Man's Coolest Easter Eggs Revealed! )
So, this leave us to the question: DOES THE WINTER SOLDIER HAVE SOMETHING TO DO IN BEGINNING CIVIL WAR IN THE MCU??
Sadly, only time (or perhaps potential plot leaks) will tell this to us....
CIVIL WAR WON'T BE AS 'FANTASTIC' AS IT WAS IN THE COMICS
"There's a civil war already going on......"
Another major character in the Civil War story line is none other than Marvel's brainiac: Dr. Reed Richards.The character is a founding member of the Fantastic Four. Alongside Iron Man and Hank Pym, he's one of the main pro-government characters along with The Invisible Woman (Susan Storm) and her brother,Human Torch (Johnny Storm). Originally on the pro-government side, Sue later joins the anti-government 'Secret Avengers', led by Captain America, and brings Johnny with her too. Her final injunction to her husband is a heartfelt request: "Please fix this."
But the bad news for us is that.... well... Fox Studios owns the rights of the Fantastic Four... and is not in real good terms with Marvel Studios. All this legal struggle leads to one eventual ending:
NO RICHARDS, STORMS AND GRIMMS IN CIVIL WAR MATEYS!!
NO MUTANTS? BORING...!!
To add insult to injury, Fox owns the right to the X-Men too.
Wolverine plays a major role, as he hunts Nitro (successfully) after the Stamford incident.Other than this, the Cyclops led team strived to remain neutral during the war. In the comics,Iron Man proposes the X-Men to join him, who refuse due to moral reasons.
"Pretty noble of them, ain't it, bub."
This also means that our mutant super-maniac, the 'Merc With A Mouth', DEADPOOL, won't be there either.
Although he's git his solo movie coming (FINALLY!!), there is virtually no chance that we'll see the master of swords, guns and trash-talking come up in Civil War.
In the comics, Deadpool was with the pro-registration side (ah, c'mon!!!), and had notable battles with Cable during its events.
SPIDER MAN'S IDENTITY REVEALED...??
Tom Holland is set to play the iconic web-slinger, whose suit has previously been adorned by the likes of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. He's set to make his first MCU appearance in Civil War. But, will his part be strictly based on that in the comics??
In the comics, the first MAJOR blow that the Secret Avengers receive is when Tony Stark makes Peter Parker reveal his true identity to the world. But, will it really make sense to blow Spidey's cover in his first appearance itself?? Like, we don't even have his solo film yet! The only thing which could make sense here would be that the solo film be set BEFORE the events of Civil War. But I seriously do doubt that this part of the plot will be played out on the screen.
DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA
If you are a non-comic reader, then you're possibly in a state of shock. But it does happen. Right after the events of Civil War, Captain America was sniped by Crossbones ( Brock Rumlow... Winter Soldier.... remember??). And the final shot was taken by Sharon Carter (the pretty looking nurse who turned out to be S.H.I.E.L.D's Agent 13), who had been hypnotized by Doctor Faustus.
Emily VanCamp is sure to reprise her role from Winter Soldier.. so this just might happen..
So..... will it happen? Will Chris Evans..errr... Captain America be shot to death by his archenemy... and his girlfriend (sigh..). If this happens then will Bucky Barnes... Winter Soldier, take up Cap's shield just like he did in the comics??
If this happens, will the Captain be resurrected like in the comics..... or...not...
According to Wikipedia, Evan's contract would with Marvel would end by 2017, so we might actually miss him in Infinity War...
So.. these were the MAJOR conflicts which the movie and comic may...or will have. Whatever it may be... we all know Civil War's going to be an awesome movie, and we've got to wait for just....May 6, 2016!!!!!!
Well, if I'm not dead by then, I'll surely fill in whatever speculations continue with Civil War...unless someone is faster than me. So till then, this is RJB, and allow me to take your leave...