The first promo photos of the opposing teams for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) were released recently, revealing the roster for the upcoming blockbuster. In case you somehow missed it, here's our teams as they stand in the promo photos:
Team Iron Man: Pro-Registration
- War Machine
- Black Widow
- Iron Man
- Black Panther
Team Captain America: Anti-Registration
- Agent 13
- Captain America
- Winter Soldier
Now there's a few notable absences from the promos, namely: Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Peter Parker (Spider-Man).
It makes sense not to feature Spidey given that a) we don't yet know how much of a role he's going to play in the conflict and b) the first look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man has been one of the most highly anticipated moments of the MCU ever since his inclusion was announced, so they're not going to blow the big reveal on a group promo photo.
Scarlet Witch on the other hand, where's she in all this? The only one of the new team introduced at the end of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) not to be included, it does seem a little odd that she's absent here, especially since we know she's definitely appearing in the film.
Drawing from the Comics?
Like in Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch first appears as an antagonist before joining up with the Avengers. She doesn't appear in Civil War as far as I can remember (correct me if I'm wrong though, it's been a while since I read it) but Avengers Disassembled and House of M were a series of famous crossover events that occurred in the Marvel comics centring around Scarlet Witch and her powers.
In these storylines she suffers a mental breakdown, alters the fabric of reality in attempt to bring back her lost children and wages war against the Avengers who she blames for her loss. In between Avengers Disassembled and House of M the team debates whether or not they have to go so far as to kill Wanda, as her powers are growing too strong to be contained and threaten reality itself.
Since there's a precedent for her being unable to control her powers there has been speculation that she may be involved in causing or contributing to the "international incident" which provides the spark point for the introduction of the governing body that we'll see kick off all the trouble in Civil War.
If so, her non-inclusion in the promo material could be due to her giving herself over to the authorities or otherwise having to distance herself from her teammates. However this seems like it might be a bit of shark-jumping for her character given that she's only just been introduced to the MCU.
It's also worth noting that she's been seriously powered down in the MCU so far. Officially the cinematic Scarlet Witch has the power to manipulate minds and project energy, whilst her comic book counterpart - as referenced above - could literally alter and remake reality as she saw fit (see her wiping out the X-Men above). A little bit of a power deficit there I think.
The fact that footage shown at the 2015 D23 Expo saw her working with Captain America and Falcon to go recruit Ant-Man means that, if there is an issue with her being involved at the battle at the beginning, it's unlikely to cause her to sit out the action during the film.
Why She'd Side With Cap
It's a pretty safe bet to assume that she's siding with Captain America in Civil War. We've already seen her distaste for Tony Stark during Age of Ultron as both she and her brother Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) blamed Stark for building the weapons that killed their parents. Also, she's seen inside his head - the vision of everyone lying dead because Stark couldn't save them - so it's unlikely her trust of him will have grown any since then.
The only thing that could sway her over to Iron Man's side would be Vision, with whom she has a romantic relationship with and eventually marries in the comics.
We've just to see any evidence of this romantic link yet in the MCU though, so unless something happens with them between the events of Age of Ultron and Civil War it's unlikely that this would be an influence upon her, or him for that matter.
An Alternate Theory...
Maybe she doesn't take a side at all. It was surprising to see Black Panther standing with Iron Man mainly because in the comics he's a neutral force, refusing to pick sides.
Perhaps Civil War sees the start of her reality-altering powers emerging. As Doctor Strange did in the comic, she may well choose to sit out of the conflict due to the incredible power she can now wield, meaning that whichever side she choses would instantly succeed. She does have a lineage with Strange in the comics, so this parallel would make sense.
Or maybe, as Vanity Fair suggested, her last-minute addition to the cast may have meant that the promo art was created before she was officially confirmed to appear. But hey, the images are so heavily photoshopped that it shouldn't have been to hard to include her even if it was last minute.
I guess, as usual, we'll just have to wait and see what happens when Captain America: Civil War releases on May 6th 2016.