*HUGE SPOILER WARNING*
Seriously, turn back now if you have not seen the movie and don't want to be spoiled.
Ok, now that all we have left are fellow spoiler chasers let's check out some of the biggest things that happen in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) and what that will mean as the MCU moves ever closer to Infinity War.
1. Black Panther/Winter Soldier Team Up
One of the post credit scenes for Captain America: Civil War has Bucky deciding to be put back into cryostasis until they can figure out a way to un-brainwash him. This is an interesting move considering that they have been hinting since the first Captain America that Bucky would eventually succeed Steve as our star spangled hero. With Civil War deviating from the comics and leaving Rogers very much alive but on the run throws a wrench into a million fanboy theories.
Sebastian Stan is signed to a 9 picture deal, meaning that we are going to be seeing his face around for a long time. Are they possibly planning on leaving him in deep sleep until after the events of Infinity War to carry on the mantle as the new Captain America? This would be a viable solution to the problem of having him team up with Iron Man once the inevitable invasion of earth begins. As possibly foreshadowed in Tony Stark's AOU vision.
Another option however, is that since he's safely frozen in Wakanda that we'll see Black Panther wake the former Winter Soldier up in order to get his help in fighting off whoever ends up attacking his nation. Possibly even against another MCU character who also lost his arm?
As Steve mentions to T'Challa, there is a high probability "they" will be coming for him. With both characters now operating outside of the Accords, it would make sense for the two to team up. We are going to get a similar adventure already with Mark Ruffalo joining Chris Hemsworth in Thor Ragnarok. Throwing a popular character like Bucky in with Black Panther would most definitely increase the box office numbers. and in a universe where heroes are crossing over with increasing frequency, it would not be outside the realm of possibility.
2. The Captain/Nomad Arc
Civil War wraps up with the Steve breaking the incarcerated Avengers out of the Raft. Having laid down his shield this could possibly set up a new Steve Rogers arc where he goes rouge, just as he has on multiple occasions. During these hiatus's Rogers has gone under several monikers including "Nomad" and "The Captain".
During at least one of the "rogue" arcs the government re-sanctioned the super soldier project in order to replace him. We have already seen a similar thing happen back in the Incredible Hulk with none other than Civil War Antagonist Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross. Could the now Secretary of State once again bring the program out of moth balls in order to create an alternate Cap. Or even worse, the Red Hulk? Chances are that Abomination is not going to be the last MCU character affected by the Super Soldier serum.
3. Scarlet Witch and The Vision
This is another one of those things that the MCU has been dropping hints about since the first time these characters were introduced. Where exactly they will go from here is a little blurry seeing as they have taken different sides in the Civil War conflict. This movie however makes it clear that their powers are very closely connected. The Infinity Stone which birthed The Vision also unlocked the powers of both Wanda and her late brother Pietro/Quicksilver. Showing Wanda being able to take control of the stone sets up a very interesting path to be followed, especially with the fact that Vision has a bulls-eye literally on his forehead when Thanos comes knocking.
4. Ant-Man: Fugitive Again
Of all of the Avengers in this movie, it is arguably one of it's newest recruits whose life has been changed the most. At the end of Ant-Man Scott Lang was able to clear his name and reconcile with his daughter and ex-wife. This time however it is not just the police that are after him but the United Nations. He is an escaped convict of arguably the most high security prison in the MCU and is now in direct violation of the Accords.
This puts Ant-Man Director Peyton Reed in the precarious position of dealing with the repercussions of Scott's actions in Civil War. He already has another movie lined up with Ant-Man and the Wasp, the title already letting us know we will get to see Hope Van Dyne in the suit her mother wore before her. How will Hank Pym deal with Scott now possibly one of the most wanted men in the world? My guess would be that we will see Pym take an active role in trying to undermine Stark and the Accords, as we have already seen the Rocky relationship he had with Tony's father Howard in the Ant-Man prologue. It's possible even that we may see other 'Secret Avengers' pop up.
5. Thunderbolt Back In Action
The former General Ross has got to be unhappy with The Avengers being sprung from captivity. This marks the second time that his plans have been undone thanks to various enhanced individuals.
There is a good chance that this isn't the last time that we see the Secretary of State. Smart money would rest on Ross acting as some type of antagonist in the future, especially with his arch nemesis The Hulk presumably returning to earth in the near future. As mentioned earlier, there is a very good chance that we are going to get the Red Hulk at some point, if for no other reason than it makes sense to the universe that has been established. Ross injecting himself with the Super Soldier Serum as a type of contingency plan would definitely not be outside his character.
6. Spider-Man Comes Home
Spider-Man has a surprisingly meaty role in Captain America: Civil War in which he becomes very much ingrained in the mythos of the MCU very quickly. Contrary to original fears that he would have a very small cameo that would never be referenced in his new standalone movie, the Russo Brothers have taken it upon themselves to entwine him very close to the heart of the MCU. And that heart is none other than Ironman himself who acts as both a mentor and in some ways a farther figure to the teenage superhero.
A really interesting concept that could be explored would be the fallout of Civil War on Peter. What happens when he realizes that Stark was manipulating him, and how will their relationship continue to grow. Robert Downey Jr. has already been confirmed to share the screen in the newest Spider-Man so I'm expecting that we will get to see that mentorship continue.
7. Black Widow Goes Solo
Black Widow had the role of double agent in Civil War. Being that she is one of the most deadly spys on the planet it should have come as no surprise that she would be playing both sides. What is interesting is that at the end of the movie, like a lot of other Avengers she finds herself on the run.
This is especially interesting considering that she was so concerned with whiping out the "red" in her ledger in the Winter Soldier. Even after 5 movies with Natasha, there is still a huge aura of mystery surrounding her. We got to see glimpses of it here and there through multiple movies, but where we will find her when next we run across her is anyone's guess.
8. War Machine Lives
There was a lot of concern over the future of War Machine in recent months. In the trailers we see that he takes a shot in mid flight and crash lands in a field looking to be in not such great shape. In the movie we learn that he is in fact paralyzed from the ordeal at the airport.
Never fear though because he is back walking again at the end of the movie, however what will this mean for his future as War Machine? Rhodey like Hawkeye is a character that has been around for quite some time, but you don't really know enough about him yet. Maybe we will be able to get a War Machine solo movie in phase 4
9. Iron Man Out Of Retirement
Civil War sees ol' shellhead coming out of the retirement that we saw Tony go into at the end of AOU. Given that he now leads the remainder of the heroes that make up the Official Avengers, it would be safe to say that he now intends on once again taking an active role on the going-ons of the world.
Seeing as he is in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's possible that he intends on training up a new generation of heroes to take his place in the future, which is something he has been wanting since the events of Iron Man 3. Rumor has it that RDJ is up to once again having a solo Ironman outing. and the threat of the real mandarin is still out there.
10. Avengers Reassemble
Thanos is coming, this has been known for quite some time. And with the Avengers currently in the state they are it would seem that earth is nowhere prepared for the impending attack. Granted there still need to be several Infinity Stones gathered before he makes his way to earth for presumably the last stone implanted in the head of the Vision, but we do know for a fact that he is already on his way.
The end of the movie sees Tony receiving a burner phone and a note from Cap letting him know they will be there if needed. Though the personal rift between Tony and Steve may never be repaired you can bet your ass that they will be brought together to Avenge once more once the Mad Titan makes his way over to Earth. Kevin Feige has gone on record saying that things will be much different going into phase 4. I can only image that a lot of the heroes we have come to love are not going to be joining us in there.
No matter what the future holds it is safe to say that Captain America: Civil War did exactly what it intended to do and has revitalized the MCU in a way that will keep us watching for years to come.