As every diehard Marvel comic book fan should know, mutants are an integral part (at least initially) of the Civil War comic. However, it is common knowledge that FOX owns the cinematic rights to the X-Men and the mutant franchise in general. Therefore, if the movie is going to be based on the source material to some degree, then Marvel needs to use some other form of 'mutant'. So in order to spark the war and start what is easily a fan favourite story, Marvel needs to use another 'scapegoat'. My theory is that Inhumans are going to be used as replacements for the mutants and act as the catalyst for the plot of [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409).
SOME SPOILERS FOR THE COMIC BOOK BELOW - POTENTIALLY FOR THE MOVIE AS WELL
*Do correct me (which I'm sure you would have done anyway) if I'm wrong about the plot or any of the characters
A team of superheroes known as the New Warriors serve as a junior counterpart to the Avengers and we start off the story from their perspective. It turns out they have a reality show where they take a film crew with them in the field to document their heroics.
In Stamford the team are preparing to raid a house which is the last known whereabouts of villain Robert Hunter aka Nitro. He was genetically altered by the Kree and now has the ability to explode and reform himself at will. (This technically fits into my theory about what Marvel are possibly going to portray Inhuman-wise).
Long story short, the encounter doesn't end well and Nitro explodes causing many to die including children in a nearby school. Many of the public blamed superheroes for this dark event happening in the first place and extreme 'protests' were formed against them.
This led to the Mutant Registration Act (MRA) and eventually the Superhero Registration Act (SRA) which forced mutants and super-humans to register with the government as official sanctioned agents acting as part of the law rather than committing acts of 'vigilantism'.
From this I believe that Inhumans instead of mutants will kick-start the event that causes the Civil War between Pro-Registration vs Anti-Registration. It makes sense because Inhumans are mutants in a way because of their 'genetic alterations' by the Kree. Lockjaw could pass for Nightcrawler, right?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D even builds on this premise with the majority of the plot of season 2 centring around the the Inhumans. They are portrayed as outcasts and feared for their powers and unpredictable nature just like mutants. The leader of the Inhumans in the TV series *spoilers* also has similar attitudes to Magneto in that she does not and will never believe in peace with humans and that the only course of action to protect themselves is to wipe out all of humanity.
In [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) Joss Whedon decided to include Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as part of the MCU. Originally, they are mutants and the son and daughter of the all-powerful Magneto. They were technically a part of the Avengers in the comics, but given FOX's cinematic rights I was surprised when their casting was announced. It was actually dangerous territory to enter because they could have easily have been sued if it weren't for rebranding them as 'The Twins' and a lack of mention of their parents' names. The fact that Marvel pushed for this knowing the risks kind of implies the possibility of Inhumans in Civil War.
1:00-1:25 or just watch all of it. It's pretty funny.
Feige technically has confirmed that Inhumans will not make an appearance yet (until the actual movie in 2019):
"Inhumans is something that we are definitely thinking about and we think there's great potential there for a great movie. But, no, no -- we have not linked those two."
- Kevin Feige (CINEMABLEND Interview)
Though, lets remember something important. We have been misled before.
I distinctly remember hearing Joss Whedon say that 'there is no end-credits' scene in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron', which is why at the opening weekend screening I went to everyone got up and left instead of staying like usual. Though he apparently said:
"There’s not a post-post-credit scene"
Whedon says they tried to come up with something worthy of the end-credits shot but ultimately couldn’t top shawarma.
“It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right,”
Are you telling me that it's a coincidence that a ton of fans misinterpreted what he said? Yes it's possible... it's the internet, but it's still unlikely. If this was the case, the sneaky son of a gun could have phrased it better. He made it seem as though there was nothing to look forward to after the movie, when in actual fact it did have an important (mid) credit scene linking to 'The Avengers: Infinity War'. Marvel could still pull something out of their sleeves knowing them.
What do you think of this theory?