The hype is real. [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is finally coming to the screen; comic book fans everywhere will be flocking to theaters in the May 2016 release date of the film; our favorite Avengers will be facing off head to head, friend against friend, brother against brother. It's true that this film will probably be what will change everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The original Civil War storyline changed the mainstream Marvel Universe. It made its mark on characters permanently, breaking ties and friendships.
Now that it's coming to the screen, what is in store for the characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Note: EVERYTHING BELOW THIS ALL CAPS RAGE IS A SPOILER. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
TL;DR at the bottom.
Past MCU Events
Let's look at all the things that have conspired, things that are possible causes of pivotal events in Captain America: Civil War. I'll post a small (?) list of the details that are possibly related to Civil War.
- Captain America and Iron Man's personality clashes
- S.H.I.E.L.D is compromised, major government figures are secretly working for HYDRA, including Senator Stern and Alexander Pierce.
- The multiple "bombings" in Iron Man 3
- The Abomination and Hulk's Harlem showdown in The Incredible Hulk
- The Manhattan incident and Sokovia incident in The Avengers and Age of Ultron respectively
- The multi-realm battle between Thor and Malekith in Thor: The Dark World
- The inclusion of the Vision, Scarlet Witch, War Machine and the Falcon in the Avengers
- Multiple street-level superheroes emerging one by one, including Daredevil, Spider-Man and Jessica Jones, to name a few
- Ant-Man's infiltration of the Avengers base in upstate New York
- Thor's vision of Asgard's destruction and the Infinity Stones in Age of Ultron, which are probably why he is absent during Civil War.
This is only a short list of what has been happening within the MCU that only could affect what could happen in Civil War. However, aside from these events that had happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can make some assumptions of our own based on what we've heard so far about the film, such as the inclusion and appearances of new characters in the MCU, and the re-appearance of characters we haven't heard from in a while. These include Baron Helmut Zemo, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, Black Panther and Spider-Man.
Key Events in Civil War
There have also been key events that happened in the Civil War storyline which lead up to the Superhero Registration Act as well as the conflict between the Pro-Registration and the Anti-Registration groups. Here are some of them:
- Nick Fury leads a "Secret War" against Latveria, recruiting superheroes such as Captain America, Spider-Man and Daredevil to overthrow the nation. Because of this, a massive attack is launched by Latveria on Manhattan. Von Bardas is defeated, thanks to Daisy Johnson. Nick Fury disappears, using a Life Model Decoy to explain why the Secret War was launched upon Latveria.
- The events of the House of M storyline drastically reduced the mutant population. Some of the casualties include X-Men members Professor X, and Polaris. Magneto, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch lose their powers as well.
- Hulk rampages through Las Vegas, causing the deaths of 26 civilians. The Hulk is subsequently sent to space by Mr. Fantastic and other members of the Illuminati. (No, not the triangle people.)
- The New Warriors try to subdue 4 superpowered criminals, causing the supervillain Nitro to explode and subsequently kill most of the New Warriors, except Speedball, and 600 civilians. 60 of them were children.
- Public sentiment for superheroes has lowered due to these events, and the government has proposed a new law, called the Superhero Registration Act (SRA), where all superpowered individuals have to register themselves as S.H.I.E.L.D agents working for the government. Iron Man is in support of this. Joining him is Mr. Fantastic and Hank Pym. The SRA is passed.
- A number of attacks on superheroes happen due to the events that happened earlier, such as an ambush on Johnny Storm, which lands him in a coma.
- Iron Man recruits Baron Zemo and the Thunderbolts to round up supervillains and "re-educate" to the side of the Pro-Registration.
In the wake of the SRA being passed, the superhero community is divided, some going in support of the SRA, others being against it. Here are some of the people who join the Pro-Registration movement:
- Tony Stark (Iron Man)
- James Rhodes (War Machine)
- Hank Pym (Yellowjacket)
- Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow)
- Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)
- Baron Helmut Zemo
- Happy Hogan
Here are some of the people who join the Anti-Registration movement:
- Steve Rogers (Captain America)
- Sam Wilson (The Falcon)
- T'Challa (Black Panther)
- Frank Castle (Punisher)
- Luke Cage (Power Man)
- Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier)
- Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
- Dr. Stephen Strange
- Jessica Jones
Note that the ones I mentioned in the lists appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and are still currently living.
Translating the Events into Captain America: Civil War
So now that we know these events, how does this translate into the MCU? With X-Men and the Fantastic Four being left out of this awesome movie event (Dammit, Fox), how will Marvel Studios bring this event with the same magnitude in terms of conflict, casualties, and costumed meta-humans?
This is where fans can predict events that could happen in Civil War. I'll take the liberty of giving my own input into the whirlpool of predictions made by fans all over the internet.
What Could Happen in Captain America: Civil War
There are quite a number of events that are likely to happen in Civil War. I'm not saying it will happen, there is only a likelihood.
Now that Spider-Man is not only confirmed to appear in the movie, but also have some encounters with a few of the characters that will be prominent in the movie. Spider-Man may even possibly punch it out with either Captain America or Iron Man in the film, based on an article by Devin Feraci from Birth.Movies.Death. He writes:
How many scenes will Spider-Man be in? I don't know the exact number, but sources have recently made it clear to me that there's more Spider-Man in this movie than I expected. Spider-Man doesn't just swing by and say hi - gets his hands dirty in this Civil War. He fights. And his fight scene might be the one that really gets fandom excited - not because of how top tier the face-off will be, but because of how profoundly dorky and unlike any other big screen superhero fight it will be.
You can read the full article here.
There aren't any clear facts about who's siding with who in this Civil War. There may also even be a quite different SRA in the film, with what Anthony Mackie's character, The Falcon, says in the Ant-Man post-credits scene. Here, Falcon mentions that he can't contact Tony Stark to help him and Captain America with the Bucky situation "because of the accords". Instead, Falcon says that "(he) knows a guy," so I assume it'll be Ant-Man (Scott Lang), or an entirely different character we don't know about. This may also be a hint as to where Ant-Man's allegiance will be, and that is the anti-registration faction.
Speaking of Ant-Man's allegiance, if he decides to go anti-registration, this may put him at odds with his mentor, Hank Pym, who in the Ant-Man film, has shown that he has some qualms with superpowers and super-suits, and that they should be either locked away in a safe, or used by people that the public can genuinely trust. In contrast, this set of beliefs may put Hank Pym in anti-registration as well, because Pym has also had some problems in entrusting advanced weaponry to government agencies and other institutions. To be specific, S.H.I.E.L.D and Pym Tech (or Cross Technologies).
Going back to the SRA, I'm not entirely sure if the SRA will be changed at all, but seeing as to how the mutants, the Fantastic Four and the New Warriors don't factor into this, there may be a different kind of SRA. For all I know, probably going to be called "The Accords" because "Superhero Registration Act" is quite a mouthful.
Again, new characters are being brought into the mix, such as Baron Zemo, Black Panther, and as aforementioned, Spider-Man. There will also be old characters we haven't really seen a lot such as General Ross (a.k.a. "Thunderbolt"). I believe the inclusion of General Ross into the mix will be a really huge plot point in the film. In the Civil War storyline from the comics, we see a team of supervillains lead by Baron Zemo, The Thunderbolts, recruit and re-educate other supervillains to join the pro-registration cause. Could it be possible that the Thunderbolts we see in the film be a special outfit designed by Ross? We do know he has dabbled with recruiting individuals with special abilities to take down potential threats. One example is Emil Blonsky from The Incredible Hulk (2008). It also could be possible that the Thunderbolts would be demoted from super-powered villains down to a military team lead by Brock Rumlow a.k.a. Crossbones and as aformentioned, Baron Helmut Zemo.
Speaking of Zemo, unbeknownst to Iron Man and other pro-registration members, he also secretly met with Captain America in order to convince the Captain to let the Thunderbolts fight and defeat the Squadron Sinister. This is in the comic storyline.
It's possible that we may see Zemo have a conversation with Captain America. It might even be a non-hostile one. It's also possible that a new team of supervillains may be introduced in the film, possibly a faction of HYDRA or Leviathan.
The next question is, who sides with who in the film? In the list above, we've seen that there are quite a few characters from the MCU who will make up both factions of the team. However, due to the possibility that Scott Lang's Ant-Man will be in the anti-registration movement, there will possibly be quite a few switch-ups that will happen. We're also not sure if we'll be seeing Daredevil, The Punisher, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, or Luke Cage in the film, despite the possibilities for cameos, etc.
As for the rest of the newly-introduced Avengers, such as Vision and Scarlet Witch, who also don't have any alignments with either side in the comic storyline, we'll find out in the film. Perhaps Scarlet Witch will be pro-registration, due to her twin brother's death in Age of Ultron. I believe she would want to help regulate superheroes and put them under close watch by the government, and by extension, supervillains. Vision, seeing as to how his disposition towards human nature is, would most likely be anti-registration. This is due to the fact that based on his knowledge of past events, due to being an improved version of the artificial intelligence of Ultron, will probably have a less-skewed version of "order" and have faith in humanity's superheroes.
What's important is that we already know where Iron Man and Captain America will be, that is in the pro-registration and the anti-registration respectively.
However, the big question is if Cap will be killed. Honestly... I have no clue. Alright, fine, maybe I do have one. We all know that Civil War will not be Chris Evans' last film in his Marvel contract. The last film is actually Infinity War, we aren't sure which part, but he will appear. It's possibly some sick ploy that Marvel's pulling to keep fans guessing whether or not Captain America will die. There may also be a huge twist where Iron Man will die, because we really don't know what the state of Robert Downey Jr, the actor behind Tony Stark, in his contract with Marvel is. Iron Man is slated to appear in at least one of the Infinity War films, so it's really looking hazy right now. It's quite possible that a hero that will be introduced in Civil War will make the heroic sacrifice and die in Captain America's place. For sure, it won't be Black Panther or Bucky Barnes, due to Black Panther having his own solo film in 2018, and Bucky Barnes' actor, Sebastian Stan, having a 9-film deal with Marvel.
For God's sake, don't let it be Captain Britain. No, we're not sure if Martin Freeman will be portraying Captain Britain.
There are certain events in the MCU and in the pre-Civil War Marvel Universe that have some sort of likenesses with one another, such as collateral damage from superhero battles such as the Manhattan Invasion by the Chitauri (MCU) and the Stramford Incident (Civil War). There are several characters who will most likely replace other characters (whom Marvel Studios don't have the rights to) in order to fill in for key roles. What's important is to work with what we have in order to determine what can happen in the film. An example: Baron Zemo led the Thunderbolts to "recruit" villains for the pro-registration cause. Zemo will appear in the film, as well as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.
With all the switch-ups happening in this film, only time will tell what will really happen. Be sure to hit cinemas in May 6, 2016 to watch Captain America: Civil War.
For all we know, HYDRA's behind everything. Even Thanos.