ByShannon McShortall, writer at
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[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) comes to the big screen in 2015, but which side will each character fall on?

I’m pretty sure “registration” will be putting superheroes under control. After all, the official synopsis states:

“Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. 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”

So, working off that premise, the two sides will be divided into Iron Manand Captain America.

Captain America

Cap. Quite old
Cap. Quite old

• Obviously Captain America will be the main character and the leader of one side of the war. (Anti in comics). He’ll probably be against the extreme measures the government want to take to regulate superhumans. Also, after dealing with HYDRA lurking in SHIELD, a mistrust of government has started to well in Captain America's mind. As such, he will go “anti”.

Iron Man

Tony Stark. Quite heavy
Tony Stark. Quite heavy

• Obviously the other main character (even though it’s Cap’s film) and the leader of the other side in the war. (Pro in comics). Tony Stark is always fine with the extreme option and given his history of atrocious incidents happening because he wasn’t regulated, he will try to fix himself and as such, he will go “pro”

So, given that the teams will have these ideals, here's my in depth analysis of the sides (I've also mentioned their comicbook sides, just in case you were interested):

Captain America's side

Winter Soldier

Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier
Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier

• (Anti in comics) I feel like the movie will be about Winter Soldier’s emotional journey. He will start out neutral and the idea of a “war” will remind him of who he always sided with during WW2. He will then join Captain America and eventually take over his mantle after he is shot, probably by a vengeful Crossbones and a hypnotised Sharon Carter like in the comics. Why have them both otherwise? Also, it’s been implied that the Winter Soldier killed Tony’s parents. This would definitely lead to some conflict with him and Tony if it came to light (which it probably will, given that the Russo Brothers effectively made that plot point and they’re helming this film). He probably won't be on Cap's side IMMEDIATELY, but he will eventually. Just like in the comics, people slowly seeped towards different sides, particularly Cap's side.

War Machine

• (Pro in comics). Many are saying that he will be loyal to Tony, but I honestly feel like because the movies only really have one group to split up, they will want to cause drama. Tony Stark was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe character we were introduced to and in that same film we were introduced to Rhodes. They’re the first pairing we see. That would make for incredible drama, especially since Rhodes might be dedicated to the Avengers. Also, since they both have metal suits, in a battle with two unpredictable sides, how boring would it be to have a side with two metal suits that look basically the same besides a colour change? The Civil War event in the comics split up friends and family and in the MCU, Rhodey and Tony are the closest they can get. They survived recasting!


Anthony Mackie as Falcon
Anthony Mackie as Falcon

• (Pro in comics). Falcon is helping with the hunt for the Winter Soldier, he is one of the 2 people Cap trusts (as evidenced from Captain America 2) and he is part of the new Avengers team. Structurally, his role in the story should be “anti”. For drama they might change it around, but I feel they won’t, given the likelier chance that they will do that with Black Widow

Agent 13/Sharon Carter


• I think Agent Carter will start off the film on better and closer terms with Steve Rogers and as such, she will side with him. Dramatically, this will work better if they go with the comicbook storyline, as I have detailed HERE, and she betrays him.

Iron Man's side

Black Widow

Scar Jo as Black Widow
Scar Jo as Black Widow

• (Pro in comics). Given her allegiance to the new Avengers (led by Captain America), she would probably be “anti”. But ever the wild card, she’s a difficult pick. She might side with “pro” if she wants to keep superhumans under control, which she would be, given the nature of her latest love interest in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She might also think that the ‘regulation act’ will bring Hulk out of hiding. I really think for drama and given which side I think Falcon will fall on, Black Widow will choose Iron Man’s “pro” side


• (doesn’t have a side). Given how Vision is effectively J.A.R.V.I.S, he will probably be on Iron Man’s side (Pro-registration), although his allegiance with the Avengers and his longing for freedom that comes through in his personality, he might be anti. Although, I do feel like Tony Stark will be able to retain control of him and if not, then I feel Tony Stark will try to create his own super-weapon (like Ragnarok, but that would be if Chris Hemsworth was cast in the film). But I’m leaning on him being on Iron Man’s side.

Ant Man

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

• (Eric is Anti, Hank is Pro). Scott is actually dead during Civil War in the comics, but his daughter was on Captain America’s side. So where will Ant Man fall in the grand scheme of things? There is a current rumour that Hank Pym will become the villain by the end of Ant Man. Eric O Grady isn’t in the MCU as of yet, so we definitely won’t see him. Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang is coming to the film and rumours are heavily suggesting that he will side with Iron Man and be “pro”. To back up this idea is the fact that we know Scott is on a path of redemption and wants to do right by the law. Of course he’ll side with the government. Also, given that he has no ties to the Avengers, he won’t have any problems with joining Iron Man’s side as he knows nobody from the other side. Coincidentally, Corey Stoll, who plays Yellowjacket in Ant Man, has stated that he would side with Captain America.

Thunderbolt Ross

• He’ll definitely be siding with Tony Stark. No doubt about it. Not only does he work for the government, but he would believe that all superhumans should be regulated. The only way he wouldn’t is if he was appearing as a totally different character, like a rogue Ross running away from the government.

Martin Freeman's character (if it turns out to be Everett Ross)

• Given his government ties, if he had to choose a side, it’d be Tony Stark’s side. Also given his comicbook role as a Black Panther villain, he would be the one to kick Black Panther into action and possibly send him to Cap’s side

Christine Everhart

• Christine Everhart will probably be used as a propaganda tool by Tony Stark if she still talks to him after he slept with her and ditched her. Otherwise, she probably won’t have a side. I’d put her in 'Wild Cards' or 'Neutral' but I really want to see her used as a propaganda tool.


Black Panther

• (Anti in comics). Black Panther has recently been conformed to be neutral in the film, although he could very well join a side at the last second, probably Captain America’s side.


• (doesn’t have a side in comics) Jeremy Renner has stated that Hawkeye “isn’t a team player” while other reports have suggested that he will be on the opposing side to Black Panther. I have a theory though. He is sent in to get Wakanda’s view on the issue, which leads to conflict with Black Panther. Either way, I think he will be neutral. If he has to pick a side, it’ll be Iron Man’s, given how we know from Age of Ultron that all he wants to do is protect his family. Regulating superhumans will do just that.


• It’s been suggested that Crossbones will be the catalyst for the Superhuman Registration Act. He won’t have a side. Terrorists don’t care about internal affairs. Even if he does have a side, it most definitely won’t be Captain America’s side.

Baron Zemo

• (Pro in comics) Baron Zemo plays the villainous terrorist role. He is the reason this is Captain America’s movie. While the Civil War rages on, Bucky re-emerges and two terrorists (one of which is probably the only Hydra leader left) attack. He won’t have a side. If he does, it’ll be Iron Man’s side.

Wild Cards

Scarlet Witch

• (doesn’t have a side in the comics) She DOES hate Tony Stark and the killer of her brother, Ultron, was created by Tony Stark. But if he displayed signs that he was willing to change, why would she oppose that? She might hate Tony Stark, but why fight against an enemy who is now singing to your tune? They may go back to their old ways. Another reason to side her with Iron Man's side is to further her romantic story with Vision. But she may still hate Tony Stark too much. Therefore, Scarlet Witch (like in the comics) is a bit of a wildcard.

Spider Man

• (pro then anti in the comics) Spider Man is probably going to be the character that shows both sides of the war, like in the comicbook. He will join Iron Man’s side, but probably won’t reveal his identity, given that he has a whole new story in the MCU to begin after Civil War. He’ll probably then defect to Captain America’s side once Iron Man starts pressuring him to reveal himself. At this point though, Spider Man is a bit of a wildcard.

Characters not entirely confirmed

Bruce Banner/Hulk

• (doesn’t have a side in the comics) Hulk hasn't been confirmed for Civil War, although there have been lots of hints given out by Mark Ruffalo, from joking around, saying

I don’t know! I heard a rumor about that the other day. I haven’t seen a script, nobody’s told me, and I don’t have dates. But I can only hope so! … I was talking to Robert Downey the other day, and he said, ‘Ruffalo! I heard you’re coming out here,’ and I said, ‘OK! I’ll be there.’

to basically confirming on Twitter, which I covered HERE.

If Hulk does appear in the film, I see his part in the story being something new and different. Bruce Banner is great friends with Tony Stark and his only qualm with him is his need to constantly push things, not caring about the consequences. If Tony Stark is getting rid of that side of him in joining the “pro” side, why would Bruce Banner object? Here comes the other side of the coin. Hulk. Hulk is a monster that, in the comics, starts of mindless and eventually gains an intelligence of sorts, forming his own opinions. With knowledge that Joss Whedon originally planned to add Grey Hulk to Age of Ultron, I think that Hulk’s story arc is leading to a more intelligent Hulk. Hulk HATES Iron Man. Hulk doesn’t want to be regulated and he remembers the fight with the Hulkbuster. HE would want to choose Captain America’s side. He’d be conflicted. What would push him off the edge if at all? Knowledge that Tony Stark is working with General Ross. He would then defect to Captain America’s side. Also, if Ross becomes Red Hulk, it’d make sense for the Hulks to be on opposite sides of the war. General Ross probably won’t join up with Captain America. Unless the plot twist is that, like Coulson, he is a major fanboy and that’s why he even got involved in a new Super Soldier project to begin with.

Sidenote and spoilers for Ant-Man:

It appears after watching Ant-Man that Ant-Man will actually be on Captain America's side, which threw me off completely, but if they're going to throw us off guard with a good few of them, I think it'll be a killer movie.

So what do you think? Are these sides pretty much going to happen? Tell me which sides you think will form in the comments below.

Also, do you think Chris Hemsworth will make a surprise appearance as either Thor or Ragnarok? Until then, Chris Hemsworth is probably feeling left out


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