The Atlanta set of Captain America: Civil War was expected to be a heavily covered production but I don't think anyone was quite ready for the amount of photos and footage that emerged from there the past couple weeks. Images of Cap, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Frank Grillo in a full Crossbones outfit have been spreading like a Hydra agent infestation over the internet. With most of the action having taken place on a set made up to look a lot like what could be the Black Panther's hometown of Wakanda, fans are already dissecting these photos and videos to read the tea leaves of Captain America 3.
Frank Grillo as Crossbones
The actual news that has emerged from the Wakanda set is that after the action moved on to a new location - Frank Grillo sent out an Instagram notice that he has wrapped his Crossbones duties on Captain America 3 and raised some eyebrows with the added text to the message of "I Am Done With This Marrage".
Is the "marrage" his "marriage" with Marvel? Was this big scene the finale of Crossbones? Is his death in Wakanda part of the big international incident that set off the Superhuman Registration Act of Captain America: Civil War? Is Grillo's Crossbones just a minor player in the movie? At any rate - try matching up the footage that was shot here with anything from the supposed Captain America 3 script that was leaked on 4Chan and it's comforting to know that it's probably a fake.
Production on the movie has only just begun so here's hoping Frank Grillo, even though he's already back in LA to shoot Kingdom, is only doing some teasing and intentionally misleading social media hype and that he'll be back on set at a later day to continue being one of Cap's best foes. One of the most dubious parts of the likely faked leaked Captain America 3 script was having Hawkeye be the guy who kills Crossbones. We all know that if anyone is killing Crossbones it'll be Captain America. Right?
Black Panther's Wakanda
There's little doubt that the set is being built and populated to look like the Black Panther's country of Wakanda. What Crossbones and the Avengers of Cap, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Falcon are doing there is another matter. Being a Captain America movie, there's always a good chance that this is a reaction to a tip on The Winter Soldier - but that would more likely be something that Cap would handle on his own. I tend to fall back on the hints in the official plot synopsis when it comes to wondering about the footage that has appeared...
"After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain."
When you think about how big this movie is and the need for some economy when it comes to the storytelling and introducing new characters - what better way to introduce the Black Panther than to have this new international incident happen on the Black Panther's own home turf? Avengers: Age of Ultron established the power of vibranium and it's easy enough to put Crossbones and/or Baron Zemo on the hunt for some of the stuff, leading to an Avengers showdown with less than desirable results.
Civil War Movie vs Comic Book
What becomes clearer in this footage and the more information that gets officially released regarding Captain America 3 - is that it will likely split the difference between being a faithful MCU adaptation of the Civil War comic book event and a honest Captain America sequel. The simple fact that 99% of the Marvel superheroes that have been introduced in the MCU do not have the problem of secret identities means that we'll be seeing significant changes in the Civil War storyline.
But the issue of government intervention in the world and business of superheroes is something that has been brewing since the first Iron-Man movie that started it all. And seeing as the global appeal of the Marvel movies has increased significantly over the years - the idea of making the Superhuman Registration Act act a global initiative is also an inspired change to make. Both of these changes have occurred naturally and organically over the course of the movies and it's the kind of changes that only serve to make the story bigger and, possibly, better.
And I'm not saying that Captain America should die - but I'm saying he should "die". We know that Chris Evans is practically guaranteed to show up in Avengers: Infinity War, but that doesn't mean that the death of Captain America can't serve to be the big final metaphor of the Civil War storyline in both the comic book and in Captain America 3. Being the final movie of the Captain America trilogy would also make his "death" (which ended up being more of a passing of the torch in the comic books anyway) a distinct possibility aside from the fact that characters like The Winter Soldier and Agent 13, Sharon Carter, have seemingly been introduced to make this death happen.
What do you think? Are you happy with the changes that [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) has made in adapting the Civil War storyline to the MCU? What changes would you like to see and what are you hoping the movie keeps intact? Take to the comments section and keep the conversation going!