As soon as I heard Tony Stark was going to be in the third Captain America film, I started praying for a Civil War story-line. It was by far one of the greatest events in Marvel Comic history. In 2006-07 the heroes of the Marvel universe picked sides and clashed like never before. With the movie so close, I wanted to re-look at the comics and compare it to what we know about the movie so far. My wish is that it stacks up, but I fear it may not with the lack of characters available to the MCU. I am not sure how close the movie will follow the comics, so read at your own risk.. Because.. well.. spoilers dummy.
How Civil War Begins
Comics: It all began with a televised raid on a house containing villains who recently escaped the facility on Ryker's Island. Super villain, NITRO, triggered an explosion that killed most of the New Warriors and children at a near by school. This left the public outraged and the government responded with the Superhuman Registration Act. This required all super-powered beings to register as weapons of mass destruction and unmask themselves before the world. It was time for heroes to have more accountability for their actions and work in line much like police officers do. Tony Stark (Iron Man) champions the bill with Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Hank Pym (Yellow Jacket and the first Ant-man). SHIELD director Maria Hill gathers her heroes to get registered. Steve Rogers (Captain America) refuses. Hill orders that he be tranquilized and captured. Cap escapes and goes underground and starts the resistance with Falcon and the Young Avengers. Meanwhile, Iron Man trots Spider-man out to give a speech in DC. Spidey gives a speech on how it is possible for heroes to be legitimate and work within the confines of the government. He takes of his mask to reveal that he is Peter Parker.
Movie: Major differences we know already is how [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) begins. We know the Winter Soldier and Scarlet Witch play into it. The biggest reason is the fallout from Age of Ultron. The Sokovia Accords is basically the Superhuman Registration Act. The destruction and mayhem caused by Stark's creation (Ultron) and Hulk's rampage left a sour taste in the public's mouth. They are calling for more accountability for the Avengers who worked within their own confines and answered to no one since SHIELD doesn't technically exist anymore. There will be no Reed Richards and I doubt we will see Hank Pym. No Ryker's island, no Nitro, no Young Avengers. We do get Thunderbolt Ross back though! What a nice way to bring back a character all the way from the first movie of the MCU, The Hulk. Probably the single biggest win was that Marvel was able to get Spider-man for this movie. Civil War without Spidey is not Civil War. I can take no X-men and no Fantastic 4. I would not of stood for no Spider-man. He is a key piece to this story-line.
Who is on What Side?
Comics: You were either Pro-Registration or Anti-Registration. The pro side was led by Iron Man and the anti was led by Captain America. The only ones who remained mostly neutral were the X-men. The X-men did not support the SRA but worked a deal with Tony Stark to be left alone in exchange for not joining Cap's resistance. Some notable characters on Cap's side included, Wolverine, Ant-man, Black Panther, Cable, Goliath, Nick Fury, Jane Foster, Howard the Duck, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Sharon Carter, Jessica Jones, Iron Maiden, Ms. Marvel, Daredevil, Punisher, Quick Silver, Luke Cage, Dr. Strange, Spider-man (swaps sides), Winter Soldier, and the list goes on. Tony Stark had a much bigger cast of characters in support of the SRA mainly because most villains were already exposed and they were dying to know who the good guys really were. Notables on the Pro-SRA side were Beast, Blade, Bishop, Yellow Jacket, Deadpool, Falcon (swaps sides), Happy Hogan, Baron Zemo, J. Jonah Jameson, Black Widow, Wasp, Mr. Fantastic, War Machine, Thor (CSA Clone), Bullseye, Green Goblin, Lady Deathstrike, Taskmaster, Venom, and the list goes on.
Movies: Due to studio rights and money, our cast of heroes is going to be way smaller. Here are the sides in the movie that we know of. Team Tony (Pro Sokovia Accords) include Spider-man, Black Panther, Vision, War Machine, Black Widow, and Thunderbolt Ross. Team Cap (Anti Sokovia Accords) include Falcon, Ant-man, Sharon Carter, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Winter Soldier. Some key notables who are established in this universe but are missing include, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Nick Fury, SHIELD and Agents of SHIELD, Hulk, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and any living villains aside from Baron Zemo and Crossbones. Remember that all X-men and Fantastic Four rights belong to other studios. It is a very lackluster roster compared to the comics.
Comics: There we minor clashes and major battles fought by the two sides. There were loses and deaths to both sides. The turning point came when the Cap led Secret Avengers went on a rescue mission to a chemical plant to rescue hundreds of workers trapped inside. This was a trap set by Iron Man. A fight erupted. Iron Man beat the living daylights out of Cap and Thor returned from a long absence unannounced. He lashed out at Steve over his anti-registration stance and his Secret Avengers. Team Cap tried to escape but Thor subdued them with his mighty hammer. The Invisible Woman put a force field up to help them escape, but Thor still blew a hole clean through Goliath. It was revealed that Thor was a government constructed clone. This revelation caused a bunch of heroes to swap sides and leave the war all together. The most notable side swap was Spider-man who joined Cap. The final battle took place in Times Square. Just as Cap was about to finish off Stark for good, several emergency workers jumped on him and he gave himself up. Cap was captured and was set to answer for his "crimes". He was shot several times on the court house steps and died just before his arraignment. This sent shock waves through the Marvel Universe. A legend dead, in cold blood, after everything.
Movie: Other than the preview clips. We just don't know how things will play out. I think as Tony gets more and more crazy (a theme we have seen since Iron Man 3) we will see his team slowly leave him for Cap. I think Steve and Tony will take turns as the villain in this film. I am not sure how it will turn out. With rumors of Tony Stark appearing in the solo Spider-man film, my guess is that Cap will be murdered. We shall see.
I will end this by saying the Captain America films have by far been my favorite entries in the MCU. Winter Soldier came very close to bumping The Dark Knight out of my favorite superhero movie top spot. It is a very close second. I am excited to see the Cap Saga come to a close with some revelations and actions that will impact the MCU going forward as they close out phase 3. Civil War is set to be huge and it will hopefully make up for the lackluster Age of Ultron. Be prepared for deaths of majorly beloved characters. No matter how you spin it, this movie cannot and will not have a happy ending. If you have anything to add, argue, or need clarification on, post below!