Thanks to the good people of Moviepilot sending me the Marvel Civil War comic collection, I now have a good idea of what to expect from the much anticipated [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Here I would like to examine the comic and compare it to past movies to see what we could be transcribed into the new film as well as examine certain events that will play a part in the upcoming Infinity War and other films. Keep in mind, the actual Civil War comic possessed more story related elements that can't be fit into the movie as you soon will see.
Now be forewarned, this article will contain possible spoilers for Captain America: Civil War and IS going to contain spoilers for the Marvel Civil War comic series. Those of you that wish to see the movie with nothing to expect or want to read the comic yourself, TURN BACK NOW!!!
Cause of Registration Law
Now we all know that battle lines are going to be drawn between all the Avengers and other superheroes alike. So far there isn't much known about what will cause the government's involvement in super hero matters but we do know that it will come about from a battle that caused too many civilian casualties. In the comic, it was brought about because of a bunch of lower level superheroes that called themselves 'The New Warriors' decided to make a reality show of their lives. This lead to them fighting a group of more dangerous villains that were hiding out in a town which caused the death of almost 900 people.
As you can imagine...this had terrible repercussions on society's view of heroes. The deaths of all the innocent people led to Tony Stark pushing forward the plans for the Hero Registration Act. Exactly how they will depict the cause of the registration bill is still up for speculation. Me personally, I think there will be a catastrophe that will cause everyone to bring up the past battles that heroes were a part of. Such as: the battle with the Chitauri aliens in the first Avengers, Thor's battle with the Destroyer in his first movie, Iron Man's fights with Whiplash in Iron Man 2 and his other fight with Aldrich Kilian in Iron Man 3 with possible others.
Alliances, Black Panther and Spider-Man's Involvement
First off, there were A LOT of heroes that were involved in the Civil War. Far too many to name here. I'd say a good 100 were in it. We already know that there won't be but possibly 20 involved if that much. This leaves a lot of speculation on whose going to be on whose side in the war because most of those that will be in the movie weren't involved in the comic. Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, The Vision, Scarlet Witch to name a few weren't involved in the original Civil War. Whose side they will be on is anyone's guess at this point in time. Some are fairly easy to predict but others are not so clear cut.
Which brings me to everyone's favorite friendly neighborhood hero: Spider-Man. It's been confirmed he's going to be in it. They had no choice really, Spider-Man played a very large part in the Civil War comic. Too big to cut out or alter. Spider-Man was the first to publicly reveal his identity following the announcement of the Registration Act and to begin with was the 'model citizen superhero' of the new era. That was until he saw that Tony Stark and the government were willing to go to extreme measures to ensure the Registration Act took full effect. He eventually defected to Captain America's side in light of his better moral judgement.
The images that have leaked of the possible new suit for Spider-Man could in fact be his Iron Spider costume that was built for him by Tony Stark following his public reveal.
As for Black Panther, it is already pretty much confirmed that he will be in the Civil War movie. Whither or not we'll actually see him in costume or not is still up in the air. My guess, is that T'Challa (Black Panther) will be in the post-credits scene so that they can introduce him into the cinematic universe even if it's in a small way.
It's already been confirmed that Thor won't be in Civil War. But...according the comic he was in fact involved. Sort of, anyway. This bit of the article is what will pave the way for [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) in 2017. Because of Thor's absence in light of the Registration act, Tony Stark with the help of Hank Pym and Reed Richards created a cybernetic clone of the God of Thunder using a strand of hair that they recovered some time before. He was one of their 'secret weapons' in the case his power would be needed. This unfortunately led to the death of some heroes and he was eventually killed by Hercules and Storm in the final conflict of the Civil War. From there, his remains were reactivated by Skrull forces. He then believed himself to be the 'true Thor' and took on the name Ragnarok.
Even though they claim that Thor himself won't be in Captain America: Civil War, that doesn't rule out the clone that would become Ragnarok. Given his first ever comic appearance was in fact Civil War, it would make very good sense to introduce him in the movie so that he can later become a real threat in the third Thor movie.
Possible Super Villains
As much I would love to see this happen, it is very unlikely. Reasons being, they haven't been introduced in the movies yet. Now I wouldn't necessarily rule out ALL possibilities of super villains but those that were in the comics are very likely to be left unmentioned. As shown in the panel shot above, the Pro-Registration brought in some heavy hitters to help with the fight. Most likely the only villain we'll see is Crossbones as previously revealed.
Mega Prison For Heroes
This MUST be implemented into the film somehow. Every hero that was caught was put in there. Located on the moon, it was deemed the only place that could permanently hold a super human. The final battle of the Civil War started here due to Captain America leading a breakout attempt to help those that were captured. Now I don't necessarily believe that it'll be located on the moon but I'm sure the prison idea will still be implemented. But of course, there is the chance that because of so few superheroes involved that there may not be a need for a maximum security facility. Only maybe 10-15 heroes, if that many, are involved in the movie as compared to the potential hundreds that played a part in the comics.
Civil War Outcome
Now this is where speculations reach their peak. There are so many ways that it can end that we can't nail it down to just one single possibility. It's already clear cut, there is going to be a humongous fight between the Registered and the Rebels with Iron Man and Captain America leading their factions to the battlefield. But exactly who comes out the victor, who dies, and what comes next (including the post-credits scene) is completely unknown.
In the comic, the battle waged and frienemies fought until there was nothing left in their tanks. In the end, Captain America had to make a choice to either continue fighting for every hero's freedom or sacrifice innocent human's lives for the cause. In the end, he knew that fighting would only hurt innocents and wouldn't solve anything. So he gave himself up which ended the Anti-Registration rebellion. Some continued to remain underground, not fighting the Registration but still remaining unidentified to the public.
This did, unfortunately led to Captain America being very vulnerable which resulted in his death. Yes, I said death. He was assassinated leaving a courthouse in cuffs. From there, the mantle of Captain America was carried on by none other than the Winter Soldier, his life long best friend Bucky Barnes. Now I don't believe he'll be killed in the upcoming movie, but I do believe that he will in fact be arrested and he'll request Bucky to continue the legend that is Captain America until Steve Rogers is eventually released later on when the Infinity War begins.
But in all fairness, the exact climax to this already epic battleplan is completely unguessable. We will simply have to hold out just a few more months to witness it for ourselves.