After the explosive financial success of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of Marvel's history. Set to pit hero against hero, Captain America 3 has been a source of contention among fans since the Civil War plotline was announced. "How could they possibly have a war when there are so few Avengers?" fans cried. But the recent developments have built Civil War up to potentially be one of the MCU's best movies yet, with subtle changes that facilitate the conflict between heroes without using the comics' Superhuman Registration Act. And with almost all the Avengers joining in the fun, Captain America 3 will be one of the most exciting Marvel movies yet.
Of course, there are big changes though: the Russos have promised that this film will alter the course of MCU history, and thanks to the comics, fans are already concerned about what those changes might be. Recent news has only fed the most popular rumours of Steve Roger's death, and Elizabeth Olson revealed that Civil War will also forward Scarlet Witch's development in a big way.
Marvel's Wild Card
Wanda Maximoff hasn't had an easy time of it. Age Of Ultron really delved into her difficult past, posititioning Wanda as a figure of moral ambiguity before her eventual acceptance into the New Avengers team. Understandably, Scarlet Witch has still got a lot of issues to work through, as well as grief over her brother Quicksilver's death. But Elizabeth Olson is optimistic about her role in Captain America: Civil War, saying that Wanda is in a much better place now, while hinting that Scarlet Witch's role in the film is still one of ambiguity.
"She’s doing alright. She’s confused, she’s conflicted. She’s found some people she thinks she connects with, but she’s doing alright. They released images of Team Cap and Team Iron Man. She wasn’t there. She’s always the wild card. I like being the wild card."
So Wanda's the wild card... Could this mean that she'll cause her own kind of trouble? Or Olson could mean that after years of conflict in her own life, Wanda is taking a step back from this disagreement and letting the other Avengers fight it out. Olson also mentioned that she's been working with her movement coach to develop Scarlet Witch's powers, which is very intriguing.
"It’s not a new hand technique per say. We’re trying to grow her movement as a whole… Jenny and I have great pride in trying to make this a huge transformation — the next time we see her — of her abilities."
With powers capable of rewriting reality itself, it's possible that Scarlet Witch is allowing the other heroes to fight it out, deciding to intervene if things get too bad. Or will she do a Doctor Strange and just take herself off somewhere and meditate during the conflict? Either way, Scarlet Witch's role in Civil War will be an interesting one: even if she isn't involved in the conflict much, it will be fascinating to see her come into her own, well on her way to becoming one of Marvel's most powerful heroes.
Passing The Torch
And speaking of character development, the Russos have made it no secret that Civil War will really be Bucky Barnes' time to shine.
The internet was abuzz when Sebastian Stan revealed his contract extends over more films than Chris Evans, especially considering that in the comics Bucky becomes the new Cap after Steve dies.
Speculation since then has been rampant, but by all reports it does look like Steve will survive Civil War to star in [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027), or Part 1 at least. There's been plenty of hints of his death however, so it could be that the Russos are just postponing the inevitable until later on in the franchise. Sebastian Stan recently stated that he really doesn't want Bucky to take up Steve's mantle in becoming Captain America, which is understandable as transforming the character of the Winter Soldier into a recognisable hero is a fascinating journey to take. But he was also quite positive about the big changes coming for Bucky.
"I'm really happy going to work and doing what I do. I love the character that I have. It's up to a lot of different things and whatever Marvel decides, I'm game."
It seems that a lot of plot points are still very much up in the air over at Marvel HQ, and they're keeping their plans secret even from the actors themselves. So what can we expect to see from Bucky in the future? The idea of waiting years to find out is agonising! But at least there'll be plenty of Marvel flicks to entertain us while we wait.
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