I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm pretty sure [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is my favourite Marvel film yet. The mixture of amazingly humorous moments, had by all characters, and poignant, emotional times, bring together an incredible film that utilises every character it throws in perfectly! Even giving us possibly the best Marvel villain since Loki, this film perfectly reminds us of what superhero films can be, after the recent disappointments of [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) and Avengers: Age of Ultron. (I enjoyed Dawn of Justice, please don't start an argument guys). Now, the rest of this post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the entire film. Sorry American bros, I know you haven't seen it yet, but you'll get there. And it's totally worth the wait.
Now, while the film introduced two incredible new heroes in Black Panther and Spider-Man, both of whom left me in awe (and tears of laughter in Spidey's case), it also may have removed two heroes from the MCU forever, without killing either of them. It was certainly more shocking that no heroes died than it would have been if any did, but that's for another post.
1. War Machine!
If there's one death that would have shocked me in the film, it's that of James Rhodes. With all of the teases about his death in the trailers, it would have been a major shock if he actually died, and he didn't (phew). However, he was certainly having difficulty walking at the end of the film, and even if he recovers, such a hit may not be one he wants to get back up from. I can see the mental ramifications of this event keeping him from returning to superhero duty, and much as I hate to say it, War Machine may have flown his last flight.
2. Captain America!
Yes, that's right! Many fans feared that we wouldn't see Steve Rogers putting on that costume again after Civil War, and I think they were right to fear, because I don't think that Steve Rogers will put on that costume again. At the end of the film, when he defeats Tony, he leaves behind the shield. And then, when we see him later, rescuing Falcon from the prison, he has no costume on. And he still doesn't when we see him in Wakanda post-credits. Does this mean he has finished both the trilogy and his time as the costumed hero?
In the comics, when Steve returned from supposed death after Civil War, he didn't put the costume back on. He led the Secret Avengers team instead, as Captain Steve Rogers, not Captain America. With him surely leading the rest of team Cap from now on, in a more secretive style, it appears like this could be playing out in the films in the same way it did in the comics, with Steve becoming a leader and adviser, but removing himself from the hero game. While it'll be sad to see him go, it means that the door is open for either Bucky or Falcon (more likely Falcon at this point) to put on the costume in Steve's absence.
Thanks for reading guys! Keep your eyes open for more articles exploring what the MCU will look like in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War.