[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is coming, and it promises to tear the Avengers apart!
WHAT WE KNOW:
Marvel’s teaser for the movie includes the following information:
“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. ”
In the comics, the "international incident" is a tragedy at the town of Stamford. The rookie superhero team known as the New Warriors take on a threat that’s out of their depth, and the resulting battle spills over near to a local school. Which is when the supervillain Nitro unleashes his explosive powers…
Marvel had been priming the pump for some time. As the Civil War mini series pointed out, they’d had repeated plots damaging the relationship between superheroes, the government, and the public. The Hulk had gone on a rampage in Las Vegas; Wolverine had been captured by the Hand and brainwashed into making an assassination attempt on the President! The idea of the Super Human Registration Act (or SHRA, as it was sometimes called) was already out there, but Stamford made it irresistible. Iron Man, who’d opposed the SHRA in a Presidential hearing, was persuaded that Stamford changed everything. He became the head of the pro-registration forces, while Captain America rebelled against the order to hunt down superheroes who refused to register.
What about the movies?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been setting up this arc for quite some time, too. In Marvel’s [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469), we’ve been introduced to the concept of ‘the Index’ – that one of SHIELD's ways of keeping track of metahumans was to keep them under detailed observation. Not all aspects of the Index have been particularly nice, and Hydra, of course, used it to maximum advantage. With Coulson reforming SHIELD, he chose to keep the Index running, and the next season looks set to expand on this a lot.
Over in the movies, key events have been damaging public confidence in the Avengers. Avengers: Age of Ultron saw Iron Man construct Ultron, the mechanoid who ultimately caused the destruction of an entire city in Sokovia. Worse still, Iron Man and the Hulk had an undoubtedly casualty-rich battle in the middle of another city!
Ant-Man seeded the growing distrust, with mention of the ‘Accords’ and a newspaper headline: “Who’s To Blame For Sokovia?” Just as in the comics, the Accords – presumably the MCU equivalent of the Super Human Registration Act – have been built up over time. But what will be the catalyst for it all?
Heroic Hollywood got an interesting tip:
The rumor is, according to trusted sources, the international incident in the film involving the Avengers that results in collateral damage involves Captain America and Scarlet Witch who are trying to apprehend Crossbones. The only problem is that Crossbones is wearing a suicide vest full of nasty explosives. In order to protect the civilians on the ground, Captain America orders Scarlet Witch to levitate Crossbones above ground. She does and unfortunately is unable to contain the massive explosion that sets off near a populated building causing death and destruction.
The rumour matches what we know – that Brock Rumlow will return as Crossbones, but not appear much. So if Heroic Hollywood are right, we could see the Avengers themselves be responsible for the trigger event. Tying Captain America in directly to the MCU equivalent of Stamford is a bold choice, one that makes the whole plot much more personal to Cap from the get-go.
Of course, all of which leaves us with the real question:
Source: Heroic Hollywood