The most popular article I have ever written for Moviepilot was Captain America: Civil War Has NO Registration Acts - So What's the Story? In that article, I wrote about how Captain America: Civil War is going to be very different from the comic book series 'Civil War'. This is, of course, a true statement as the Civil War comics had dozens of characters, half of which Marvel doesn't own. Also, the whole cause of the fight would deviate from the cause in the comics. I'm not going to summarize my other article, so if you want to know what I said, click on that link. This article will be a follow up on that article, so let's talk!
The new trailer for the upcoming film has been released this week. We already thought that the movie was not going to have anything to do with the registration acts and after this trailer, it made it look even worse as the cause looked like it was all about hunting down Bucky. This may still be true, but is this the reason for the superhero registration acts? Have a good look at the image below:
The Sokovia Accords ARE The Superhero Registration Acts
Before we look at what the Russo Brothers said, let's analyze the document. The document states:
In accordance with the document at hand, I hereby certify that below mentioned participants, peoples, and individuals, shall no longer operate freely or unregulated, but instead regulate under the rules, ordinances, and governances of the afore mentioned United Nations panel, acting only when and if the panel deems it appropriate/ and or necessary.
Then on the bottom of the document, we have 8 signatures for all of the current Avengers. This definitely sounds like a superhero registration act where the government is trying to control the superheroes from wrecking havoc, this is good new!
The Russo Brothers were talking a lot of Civil War this week stating that the Sokovia Accords is the movie's version of the superhero registration acts. This really isn't far from the comics as we thought as the general idea is still there. Remember, Sokovia is the city that Ultron lifted up trying to destroy the world. The city was wiped out completely and the Avengers saved the day. Like I said in my other article, the Avengers created Ultron. Tony is ready to take full responsibility. Joe Russo came out and said the following:
"We’re using the essence of what Civil War was about. The comic book isn’t applicable to the storytelling that we’ve structured up to this point, but the concept of registration, the notion that heroes need to be either monitored or controlled because their power can be scary, is applicable."
What he is trying to say is 100 percent correct. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is built a certain way and the way the Civil War storyline is told would not fit into the MCU. They are going to try and make it as close to the comics as they can like the fact of how the superheroes have to work under the government.
The secret identity is a whole different thing that won't be included. Comic book fans are whining that this won't be an issue in the movie but in reality, everyone's identity is already revealed! Scott Lang's identity is a secret, sort of, and then we have Spider-Man coming in. What I think Marvel could do is since everyone else has to reveal their identities, Tony is going to try and convince Peter Parker to reveal his identity to the world. This is where Peter Parker will switch over to Cap's side and try and prevent Tony from revealing his identity. This is what will make Spider-Man such a unique superhero, which is exactly what our favorite web-slinger needs.
"The Accords are the world jointly trying to govern the Avengers moving forward. It has to do with the effects of Ultron and Sokovia, and New York City [roundly trashed at the end of The Avengers], and Washington D.C. [nearly devastated by falling helicarriers at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier]. Examining the third acts of all the Marvel movies, we’re saying, if you could point to the "You have to pit him against the establishment, only this time it’s even graver consequences and even graver stakes than in Winter Soldier. In Winter Soldier, he was on the side of right because the establishment had been corrupted by a very evil organisation. In this movie, it’s just the establishment versus Captain America and he has to make a choice whether or not he can tolerate the establishment any longer."collateral damage in all those incidents, could you use that against the Avengers to control them?"
The Russo brothers have promised that the stakes have been significantly increased. I did predict in my other article that this movie would revolve around collateral damage. The MCU will be taking this on with consideration as they are even making a whole show about it, Damage Control!
"You have to pit him [Cap] against the establishment, only this time it’s even graver consequences and even graver stakes than in Winter Soldier. In Winter Soldier, he was on the side of right because the establishment had been corrupted by a very evil organization. In this movie, it’s just the establishment versus Captain America and he has to make a choice whether or not he can tolerate the establishment any longer."
This further concludes that this is indeed not Avengers 2.5 but a Captain America solo film, an epic finale to his trilogy. At the end of the Winter Soldier, I was excited to see where the story would go with Bucky. Of course, I was excited that they were doing Civil War, but I was afraid that the Captain America storyline would be lost. Remember, this is Cap's solo film and he should have the most screen time. Everything the Russo Brothers have revealed has been great. We are seeing some sort of registration acts, they are paying attention to collateral damage, and this is still Cap's solo film and they are continuing the story arc of Captain America and Bucky.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters May 6, 2016.