2016 really is the year of the superhero, and Marvel fans are gearing up for possibly the biggest event of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's history: the long-awaited Civil War. As the semi-adaptation of one of Marvel's most popular and explosive comic arcs, [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) has a lot of fan expectations riding on it.
To say that there's a lot going on in Civil War is really an understatement: The film is equal parts political debate, personal vendetta and "psychological thriller," according to directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
Although the movie is primarily the sequel to [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973), it's also a huge event that will shake the foundations of the MCU, as the Avengers battle each other. Fans are already picking sides, but test screenings have proven that there's no clear solution to the conflict. There's also "wild card" Scarlet Witch and newcomer Black Panther to contend with. All in all, Civil War is proving to be one clusterf**k of a movie, and it's difficult to work out exactly what's going on. Which is exactly what the Russos want. And you might not be happy with how it ends...
Russos Warn Of Controversial Ending
Just as The Winter Soldier had a huge impact on the MCU by revealing S.H.I.E.L.D.'s corruption, the Russos are preparing to shake the foundations of this fictional world once more with Civil War.
In the newest issue of Empire, the Russos discussed the importance of Civil War as well as why they think fans might be unhappy with the ending:
"In Civil War, we're going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Psychology, and it's an extreme shift. Winter Soldier was a political thriller; this is a psychological thriller. [There's a] very dramatic ending that will be controversial for a lot of people." (via geek.com)
With Rhodey in peril in the trailer, Bucky's freedom on the line, and rumors of a major character death, count me in as Very Concerned.
As much as Civil War will deal with political agendas and morality, ultimately this is very much a story about broken relationships and personal tragedies.
It's clear that Steve Rogers has a vested interest in his side of the argument; after all, if the Sokovia Accords are passed and the Avengers are brought under governmental control, it's likely Bucky will be prosecuted for the crimes of Hydra (and the Winter Soldier). And Tony Stark might just be seeking vengeance for one of those crimes...
In The Winter Soldier it was heavily implied that Hydra used Bucky to assassinate Tony's parents.
If Tony does blame Bucky for his parents' deaths, this would explain his own personal stake in the conflict, and why he's pushing the idea of responsibility and accountability. The Russos have also revealed how Tony's guilt over what happened to New York City in 2010's The Avengers also motivates him:
"He now has a guilty complex, and the guilt drives him to make very specific decisions. Tony has a very legitimate argument in the movie that’s a very adult point of view, about culpability, about the Avengers’ responsibility to the world, and the world’s right to have some sort of control over the Avengers. It’s a very complicated emotional arc for Tony Stark in this movie." (via comicbookmovie)
As far as Stark is concerned, he's not going to compromise on this issue.
Interestingly enough, this is a marked difference from Iron Man's role in the Civil War comic book, where he was pretty much the villain of the piece. In the comic, Stark's actions were selfish at best, and all-out sadistic at worst, leaving most fans siding with Captain America. But if what the Russos say is true, we won't know who to side with by the end of the Civil War movie, as the film promises to test our ideas and moralities just as much as the characters' themselves.