ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
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Trevor Norkey

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War. Read at your own risk.

As it was based directly off of a comic arc, it is no surprise that Captain America: Civil War took some elements from the comics. It did, however, also manage to spread out in a very different direction, like most other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Things from the movie like the Sokovia Accords and Bucky's backstory did not appear in the comic Civil War, whereas things from the comics like Daredevil being arrested and the Superhuman Registration Act did not appear in the movie. Regardless of the changes, there were still some moments in Civil War that were taken straight from the comic arc. Here are five of those moments:

1. The Big Explosion

In the comics...

The Civil War was ignited after a massive explosion totaled half of Stamford, Connecticut. This explosion was caused by the younger superhero team known as the New Warriors. It resulted in the death of hundreds of people. This event fueled the public's hate toward superheroes, which led to the Superhuman Registration Act being made, splitting the Avengers up into the two sides who fought each other in the Civil War.

In the movie...

The big explosion was not quite as big, but made just as big of an impact. At the end of the opening fight against Crossbones, Scarlet Witch (a younger, newer superhero) tried to protect Captain America and a few civilians from the explosion Crossbones had caused. Instead, she moved the explosion up towards a building, killing even more people. This was the last straw for the government, and was used against the Avengers when the Sokovia Accords were presented.

2. Miriam Sharpe

In the comics...

Tony Stark was inspired to support the Superhuman Registration Act after an encounter by a woman named Miriam Sharpe. Miriam blamed Stark for the death of her son, who had died during the explosion in Stamford. She told him his reckless ways and funding of anyone dressed as a superhero were responsible for the death of her son, which opened Stark's eyes up to how reckless he and the other heroes had been.

In the movie...

Tony is confronted by a woman, who is credited as Miriam. She, just like the Miriam in the comics, blames Tony Stark for the death of her son, who had died in Sokovia during the events of Age of Ultron. Just like in the comics, this encounter is what opens Tony's eyes to how reckless he and the other Avengers had been, inspiring him to support the Accords.

3. Black Widow Turning (Sort Of)

In the comics...

Black Widow was not the one who turned against Team Iron Man, it was actually the Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman. Towards the ending of the midpoint battle of the comic arc, Invisible Woman turned to defend Captain America's team, allowing them to escape while betraying her own team.

In the movie...

Black Widow (another prominent female superhero) betrayed Team Iron Man. Almost exactly like Invisible Woman, Black Widow stands to allow those on Team Captain America (Cap and Bucky) to escape, while stopping Team Iron Man (Black Panther). Though they were different characters, this was a moment taken right from the comics that really added to the story.

4. The Superhuman Prison

In the comics...

Tony Stark and Reed Richards worked to design a superhuman prison known as Prison 42, which was made specifically for superhumans who disobeyed the Registration Act. It was top secret and was used to hold many of those on Team Cap about halfway through the arc. Captain America later broke his teammates out of the prison.

In the movie...

The prison was not known as Prison 42, but was known as the Raft, which was another prison in the comics. Though the name and location was different, the Raft served the same exact purpose as Prison 42. It was built specifically for superhumans and held the captured members of Team Cap after the midpoint battle of the movie. Also, like Prison 42, it was top secret. At the end of the movie, Captain America broke into the Raft to rescue his teammates.

5. THAT Epic Shot!

In the comics...

This shot was used as promotional and is one of the highlights of the comic arc. It occurred towards the end of the final battle when Iron Man and Cap face off against each other.

In the movie...

This shot, just like in the comics, was used to promote the film. It also occurred during the final fight when Iron Man and Captain America face off. This was easily the coolest shot of the entire movie, and was used as a highlight when the music built up to this moment and it all turned to slow motion. It was truly taken straight from the comics, made just for the fans.

Overall, the movie was terrific. It carried elements from the comics without being completely defined by them, which really made the movie a fantastic experience. There was so much going on in the movie that you could never really get bored of it.

What did you think of Captain America: Civil War? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!


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