(Warning - the following contains mild potential SPOILERS for this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Proceed with whatever level of caution your innate SPOILER-aversion suggests is wise...)
Captain America: Civil War is still six months away from release. Just let that one sink in for a second. We have to wait six more months to watch Cap, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers gang duke it out in glorious high definition.
That being said, though, the next six months are likely to be filled to bursting with trailers, rumors and general teases - which, depending on your opinion of them, is either a very good or a very bad thing. The latest to arrive?
We Finally Know What the Sokovia Accords Look Like
Specifically, we have our first look at the internationally binding legislation that Ant-Man's post-credits scene revealed would be a key plot point in Civil War, and that appeared to be a direct response to the small Eastern European country of Sokovia-decimating events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Having arrived as part of the fancy-as-hell Marvel Phase Two box-set, it looks a little something like this:
Now, if you can't see the image for some reason, it has the look of a United Nations document, featuring the legally binding prohibition of the Avengers from engaging in superheroics without the explicit permission of a UN panel:
"In accordance with the document at hand, I hereby certify that the below mentioned participants, peoples and individuals, shall no longer operate freely or unregulated, but instead operate 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."
Underneath, there's even space for the signatures of Clint 'Hawkeye' Barton, Wanda 'Scarket Witch' Maximoff, James 'War Machine' Rhodes, Steve 'Captain America' Rogers, Natasha 'Black Widow' Romanoff, Anthony 'Iron Man' Stark, Vision, and Sam 'The Falcon' Wilson.
Why Does That Matter, Though?
Well, for one thing, the Accords are likely to play a key role in the events of Captain America: Civil War, which makes a sneak peak at exactly what they're set to mean for our heroes pretty inherently awesome.
It also, though, provides what seems to be comprehensive proof that we will indeed not be seeing the comic book Civil War storyline's Superhuman Registration Act, implemented in the wake of the (9/11-referencing) Stamford, Connecticut disaster pictured above. Instead, it seems that the MCU will tread its own path, which... actually makes a whole lot of sense in this case.
All we need now? For Marvel to spontaneously release the movie six months early, just for the hell of it. Is that really too much to ask?
What do you reckon, though?