[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is one of the most, if not the most, anticipated comic book to film adaptations ever. The beloved comic book story arc will pit Captain America against Iron Man on the big screen this year, and fan speculation is running wild.
WARNING! POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW!
Perhaps the biggest question everyone has about the film is: will Captain America die? If you’ve read the comics, you know that at the end Captain America surrenders and is later assassinated. If you think that moment had a big impact on the page, imagine what it would be like to see it on the big screen! The question remains though: will we see it?
There is evidence both supporting and deterring the idea of Cap dying in this movie. First, let’s look at the reasons pointing to it being possible. We have seen Bucky slowly stepping toward his role as the second Captain America.
It definitely seems as though we will eventually see Bucky take up Steve’s mantle and his shield. It has also been made apparent, through the first trailer for this movie, that Cap is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his friend. This could lead to him sacrificing himself to save Bucky.
Then there’s the odds that are forever stacked against him. Cap will not only have to take on his old friends, but also the returning Crossbones as well as a new threat in Baron Zemo. If that isn’t a recipe for death, I don’t know what is.
There is still however, some evidence pointing to Cap surviving this movie. Take for example the upcoming third Avengers installment, Avengers: Infinity War. Now, no one of our favorite heroes is a match for Thanos when he is wielding the gauntlet, but Cap is a huge part of the fight in the comics, making an iconic heroic stance in the face of death.
That is far from proof that Cap will make it to this war in the movies though. We could see someone like Tony Stark make that stand instead. Except for the fact that Tony had a vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which his friends lay slain on some space rock somewhere after what seems to be a fight against an alien army. Who is included in those fallen friends? You guessed it: Cap.
So it seems far from a sure thing that Cap will die in Civil War, but it’s definitely not out of the question. If that’s the case, and this movie is going to give us that impact moment where we all feel all the feels without killing Cap, who are they going to kill instead?
It almost feels like no character is safe going into this movie. Could Nick Fury meet his end? Will Black Widow be eliminated? Could we see the demise of Hawkeye? I have a theory as to who gives us that shocking moment.
Hank Pym will be killed in Civil War!
I know, Michael Douglas has not in any way been tied to this movie. However, thanks to some recent spoiler-ish toy releases, we now know that we will be seeing Giant-Man in Civil War. The obvious reaction to that is: ok, so Scott Lang is going to be really big instead of really small. What if that’s not the case though? What if Lang is still Ant-Man, with just the ability to shrink. The giant formula is a separate entity that could be put to use by Pym himself.
So even if Hank Pym is the Giant-Man, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to die... right? Well, it doesn’t look good for whoever the big guy actually is. The one major death in the Civil War comics (outside of Cap’s of course) was that of Bill Foster a.k.a. Goliath.
If the movie is going to follow the comics at all, a dramatic event, like the death of a friend, will be needed to put doubts in the heads of Cap and Tony regarding whether or not this fight is really worth it. Losing an icon like Hank Pym, who may not be a founding Avenger in the movies but is still a well known scientist and mentor of a superhero, could be that dramatic moment.
One of the iconic Civil War scenes is Bill Foster’s funeral, with a 40-foot grave being surrounded by the same heroes that inadvertently killed him. Putting that scene on the big screen, but lowering Pym into that grave instead, would be sure to bring forth a sniffle or two.
This would also be double-whammy as far as the feels go. Imagine a scene at the end of the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, that includes a rescued Janet Van Dyne asking Scott Lang and her daughter, Hope, where her husband is.
Sure, it seems like a long-shot right now, but it would definitely make sense as far as the story goes. We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out. Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6.