ByTodd Smith, writer at

Recently, we've gotten our first look at Team Iron Man and Team Captain America in some promotional art for Captain America: Civil War. After reading up on other people's opinions, I thought it'd be fun to share my opinion with you guys. First up, we have...

Team Iron Man

Team Tony!
Team Tony!

From the looks of it, Iron Man's squad packs quite a punch, featuring two men in powerful armored suits, an assassin, the vibranium-wearing King of Wakanda, and an android with an INFINITY STONE in his forehead.

War Machine (James Rhodes)

The least surprising on Iron Man's team is War Machine. Tony's best friend and a colonel in the U.S Air Force, it makes perfect sense for him to side with the government. This time around, War Machine, seems to be sporting what I believe to be the brand new War Machine Mk. 3, which appears to be equipped with not one, but two guns mounted on his back, along with a couple of other upgrades.

Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)

Black Widow is actually a surprise to me, since I expected her to fight for Captain America. I thought her relationship with Steve would sway her to his side, but I was wrong. With the Avengers now under a new S.H.I.E.L.D-like organization, perhaps Natasha fears for a repeat of what happened in the 'Winter Soldier'. Perhaps now she believes only the world governments could keep everything in order even more after the event of 'Age of Ultron'.


As I predicted, the Vision joins Team Iron Man. As I've said before, the Vision is a being pure of heart and wishes to preserve life to the best of his ability. In his final conversation with Ultron , he agrees with him that humanity is doomed. He'd like to keep them around for as long as he can. Besides aliens from outer space and megalomaniac robots, another threat to mankind is mankind themselves. Having an organized, governing body watching over the Avengers would be ideal to him since it would keep order and allow him to achieve the goals he has set for himself.

Black Panther (T'Challa)

The most surprising on this roster is none other than the King of Wakanda, Black Panther. Previously, I had saw him as neutral in this situation. However, if you think about it, he and Tony's ideas aren't all too different. While T'Challa means to protect his country, Tony means to protect the world. They both see the actions of the ungoverned Avengers and their negative impact on the world. Perhaps now that Tony can see how dangerous superheroes can be, he would recruit Black Panther to help take down Team Cap since they both have very similar interests.

Next up...

Team Captain America

Team Rogers!
Team Rogers!

While Team Iron Man has some of Earth's most powerful heroes, Captain America's team doesn't have a level of power able to match them. Featuring a man with a shield, a guy that can shrink, a man with a bow, an agent, another assassin, and a guy with wings, Steve's team seems pretty lackluster at first glance.

The Falcon (Sam Wilson)

The most obvious on Captain America's team is known other than Sam Wilson, also known as the Falcon. Helping Steve take down the S.H.I.E.L.D-infested Hydra and look for his long time friend Bucky, there's no way he wouldn't side with one of his closest friends. For those who don't know, that jet-like figure in the between him and Rogers is his bird drone Red Wing, who in the comics is an actual falcon. Now a drone in the MCU, it could possibly be used for surveillance.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton)

Next up is the family man, Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye. I'm rather surprised he's on Cap's side. I believed that since he has a family to protect, he'd be pro-government. I can't seem to figure out why he'd be on Steve's team, but if you have any ideas I'd love to hear about them in the comments.

The Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes)

Another easy prediction to make, Bucky will most likely regain his memories and remember all the good he's done. He'll also remember his best friend, Steve Rogers, and fight along side him against Iron Man's team.

Agent 13 (Sharon Carter)

Another surprising character on this list is Agent 13. I know she's a part of the cast, but I didn't know that she'd be apart of one of the actual teams. Being a neighbor of Steve and growing a small relationship with him, I can see why she would join him. However it's possible she can be the double agent of the movie people have been talking about.

Ant Man (Scott Lang)

My favorite addition to the MCU cast as of Phase 2, Ant Man is another character I was wrong about. After seeing his solo movie (which is the best origin story since Iron Man), I can see him siding with Steve. For one thing, Hank Pym, the original Ant Man, doesn't trust neither Tony Stark or the government. Having superheroes regulated could see his Pym Particles being experimented with if Scott were to be caught. He's been keeping them away from any and all who may want to use them for military purposes. Even though Pym has said he doesn't like the Avengers, could he have sent Scott to aid Captain America? Or did Scott sneak off with the suit to help out Team Cap.

Why the Teams aren't all that bad...

While Iron Man's team has the resources, the weapons, and the power, Captain America's team is composed of agents and soldiers for the most part. Perhaps they could strategize to take down Iron Man's team. I can also see them functioning as a team significantly better than Team Tony, just because his team is fully of people he can fully trust.

A teammate everyone seems to overlook (perhaps it's his size) is Ant Man. He's a guy who can shrink and grow on a dime. If he is still being trained with the Ant Man suit, I can see him being a major threat. Ant Man can put a lot of strength behind his hits when shrinking, which is why I think he'll be able to take on the Vision (there's a scene of the two fighting according to the people that have seen the trailer). Plus, it's still possible that he could possibly become Giant Man. But I doubt that will happen since there's so much going on in this film.

Another character many forget to bring up, is the Scarlet Witch! One of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, she could definitely turn the tide in the final battle. We've seen what she can do in Age of Ultron, so I believe she is probably the greatest threat Team Tony will have to deal with. She could be imprisoned in the beginning, and brought back near the end to change the game.

In Conclusion...

This is what I think about the teams. Do you agree or disagree with me? Do you have other predictions or theories? If so, I'd love to hear them in the comments section below.


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