Warning: Age of Ultron and Civil War spoilers ahead!
Captain America: Civil War is due to be released on May 6th, 2016. In the meantime, fans have been theorising, predicting, and generally going crazy over the storyline, and more importantly, the sides our protagonists have taken in the conflict. Most notably, Spider-man and Scarlet Witch aren't present in the recently-released concept art that portrays the teams, however the art shows that...
On Tony's team are...
- War Machine
- Black Widow
- Black Panther
- The Vision
And on Cap's team are...
- Sharon Carter
- The Winter Soldier
Fans are questioning the balance of the teams, how Scarlet Witch (rumoured to be Cap's team) and Spiderman (rumoured to be Tony's team) come into play. Some people say the inbalance is unfair, however others are saying that the general strength of each team is balanced. Let's take a deeper look into the power of each member of each team, in no particular order.
Tony Stark- Possesses a suit which manifests from his own skin and bones. The suit can self-heal, take any form that he wishes along with weapons/defense he can think of, allows him 360 degree sight, allows him super-intelligence and can go toe to toe with Thor, destroy the Red Hulk whilst angry, and could defeat the Sentry, who are all considered some of the most powerful marvel characters by ease.
Steve Rogers- Lived to 98 so far and still in his theoretical 30's. He owns an almost invincible shield which has lived since WWII, used for defense and throwable attack. Engineered super-soldier, melee expert and tactician/impressive optimist. Near-unlimited stamina, can evidently continue a melee fight for a long time (In a Marvel/DC crossover, Bruce and Steve fought. Due to non-stop counters, they both came to senses, Batman himself even admitted due to Steve's stamina, he would have won if the battle were to continue, possibly for several hours).
Wanda Maximoff- A scientific experiment who can play god and enter the minds of others. Controls the Hulk with ease, puppeteering one of the most powerful (and considered invincible (except from Tony's vision)) beings in the MCU. Can control solid matter effortlessly, and her powers are linked directly to her emotion. As seen when Quicksilver dies, she releases a burst of power which macerates all the Ultron droids in close proximity to the Church Key instantly.
A large question which arises in these concept arts, alongside Tom Holland's Spiderman, where exactly in Wanda in these teams? Leaked photos and footage have shown that she is in the film, and seems to be on Captain America's side. It makes sense that Wanda is on Steve's team due to the bomb incident that caused the loss of her parents. Simply theorising, it could also be very possible that she blames Stark for the death of Quicksilver due to him creating Ultron. It's evident she sees the connection between the "father" and "son" from the quote "Ultron can't see the difference between saving the world and destroying it. Where do you think he gets that?"
Due to the inbalance in teams, it's likely Spider-man will remain on Tony's side for the vast majority of the film, as seen in the comics.
Peter Parker- Not much is known about Tom Holland's Spider-man other than he is portrayed much younger than Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfields' portrayals of the web-slinger, and that he apparently starts out very home-made. From the comics and for team balance, we can likely assume Spidey will be on Tony's side throughout the majority of the film.
Tony will create the Iron Spider suit for him (as pictured above), but near to the end of the film he could reveal his identity as seen in the comics, which itself could cause him to change teams and join Captain America's side. There's likely going to be some team switches in the film, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled.
T'Challa- Incredible tactician, strategist, scientist, tracker and master of unarbed combat. Uses several hybrid martial arts and mimics animals fighting behaviour. Royal descendant to a warrior race of mastered armed combat. Has Vibranium claws from Wakanda, the country in which he is the king of, which are only matched in strength by Steve's star-spangled shield. Enhanced naturally in healing and general abilities.
The Vision- Literally 1/6th of the universe. Not very much needs to be said after that, but I can carry on. His android form was technically created by himself (Mind stone was used to create Ultron, Ultron created the Vision) and can change density to fly and travel through solid mass or become the heaviest object in existence. His mind is pure to the point where he can lift Mjolnir (never mind match it's weight if he wants), so is considered worthy of Asgardian rule alone.
Scott Lang- A seemingly normal man who has possession of a suit which can change his size without altering his density, allowing massive strength to weight ratio, incredible agility and manoeuvrability, and having a freakin ant army. Seemingly good tactician, very smart and comedic.
The Winter Soldier
Bucky Barnes- Another war-veteran who has lived to the modern-era. Experimented on by H.Y.D.R.A in WWII and even in the modern age to become the super-soldier that Steve and Redskull once were. Possesses a powerful metal arm with superhuman strength. Master tactician, to the point where the vast majority of his missions under H.Y.D.R.A were known to very few people. Very intelligent.
Sam Wilson- Well-trained soldier who has similar capabilities to Steve (he even takes over the role of Captain America in some comic-book universes, as does Bucky) ("I do what he does, just slower"). Possesses winged exosuit/jetpack which allows aerial manoeuvrability to the wearer, allowing for in-flight tactical missions and crossfire. Very good tactician, he is very well-trusted by Steve.
Lieutenant James Rhodes- Owns a significantly less powerful Iron Man suit, generally used similar to the original, to fight international non-superhero level conflicts and dominate the scenario. The Mark-II suit has a shoulder-mounted gun and specialised weapons similar to the original for military use and brutal, professional and well-protected fighting. Military-level training and intellect.
Hawkeye- The man who never misses, Hawkeye is a marksman-expert who utilises gadget-enhanced arrows to further optimise his field capability. Has incredible melee capability and sharp reflexes, allowing desperate close-hand combat to be effective for him. Usually useful as long-distance assistance.
Natasha Romanoff- Trained with brutal and tormenting force and was forced to infertility, unjustified murder of kidnapped targets, and pushed beyond normal levels of tolerance to become an effective field agent. Extremely well-trained in martial arts and close-range counter combat, however ineffective at distance. Extremely agile and intelligent. Don't ask what Scarlett Johansson is doing in this image by the way, I have no idea.
Sharon Carter- Came out of nowhere. Average-trained everyday agent hired to protect the literal "Perfect Soldier who has an unbreakable shield" and did a terrible job of it as well. Seemingly thinks she can take on characters who can play god with a Glock, and even with a Titanium/Diamond Bullet, the most she could do is scratch Tony's helmet, only for it to heal itself. At least Sharon Carter has the guts to bring the single nerf-dart to the gunfight.