War is coming. When Kevin Feige announced that Captain America 3 will be [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) I lost my mind. I was so excited to see this epic storyline come to the movie universe, but then I realized that there was one huge gaping hole in the story coming to theaters - what causes the Civil War? Now, I’m not talking about war as just the big sequence of fight scenes, but the civil war - the war between the heroes, specifically Iron Man and Captain America. How could two friends come to such odds where they decide to try and beat the other one to death?
In the comics...
The background is very different in the comics. A different superhero group caused a terrible tragedy in which many kids were killed. Iron Man felt so guilty after a mother of a victim yelled at him, he decided to join the government in implementing the Superhero Registration Act. This law called for all superheroes to register with the government and be held accountable, but also reveal their secret identities. Cap had huge problems with that and led an underground team of Avengers in helping people without registering. Obviously things escalated - civil WAR.
The problem is that secret identities don’t matter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The synopsis that we got a few days ago sheds a little light on Civil War.
"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."
So that’s why The Avengers will be divided, I can see Steve Rogers not standing for being told he can’t help people until he gets an ok from the government, but I don’t see him fighting Tony Stark over this quite yet. There has to be more to set Captain America against the man he said he would miss in Age of Ultron - Tony Stark. Now, a lot of people were confused when news came out that Civil War was going to be the next Cap movie, I mean what happened to Bucky, right? Winter Soldier was all about discovering that Bucky Barnes, Cap’s best friend, was still alive. At the end of Winter Soldier, Bucky disappeared. In Age of Ultron, Falcon said he was “perfectly happy chasing down cold leads for our missing persons case.” It looks like the Winter Soldier will come out of hiding in Civil War. So I think what divides Captain America and Iron Man isn’t just the legal stuff, but it’s more personal than that. It’s Bucky.
Let me explain..
It was not explicitly said in Winter Soldier, but it was heavily implied that the Winter Soldier was responsible for the assassination of Tony’s parents, specifically Howard Stark. For those unsure about that, remember that Howard was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and good friends with Nick Fury (as said in Iron Man 2). That would make him a threat to Hydra. We also know that he was killed in a car accident, as shown in the first Iron Man film.
Then in Winter Soldier, Arnim Zola explained that when history didn’t cooperate with Hydra’s goals it was “rewritten,” showing a few pictures of the Winter Soldier and this picture of the same story.
This deeply implies that it was not an accident but that Howard was assassinated. Hydra saw him as a huge threat to their goals and eliminated him.
Later in Winter Solider, Alexander Peirce tells Bucky that his work wasn’t finished - he helped Hydra “shape the century,” and he needed Bucky to do it one more time. All of this leads me to believe that the Winter Soldier is responsible for killing Tony’s parents. This kind of truth could easily destroy the friendship of Tony and Steve. Imagine how Tony Stark would react to this news! The man that in a real moment of expression of sorrow said at his press conference after getting home to America "I never got to say goodbye to Dad." He would be incredibly angry, and he's volatile enough to do something about it.
Tony would want Bucky to face justice for what he did, while Cap would defend his best friend saying he was under mind control from Hydra. They would be at total odds over Bucky and I don't think either would back down. Boom. Civil War. That’s the real reason Cap and Iron Man would go as far as to fight each other. What do you think?