[Don't worry, no Captain America: Civil War spoilers here! But, potential spoilers for the upcoming comic, Marvel Civil War II!]
It's finally here, the day we've all been waiting for. [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is finally out! Marvel has been setting this one up for a long time, practically teasing their fans with its long-awaited arrival!
If you haven't seen the movie, don't worry, you won't find any spoilers here. But I think it's pretty clear, thanks to the many reviews and comments praising the film, that it is very much worth checking out!
Yes sir, Captain America: Civil War has already taken the world by storm, even though it hasn't even been out for that long! Moviegoers are fascinated by its premise, which sees two Marvel giants, Captain America and Iron Man, battling it out!
But it isn't just the fact that they're fighting that's got us all so enamored with the film, it's WHY they're fighting as well! We all know that there have been more than a few casualties, and a ton of destruction, in each Marvel film. From the Chitauri invading NYC, to Hulk rampaging across a city while being hypnotized, the Avengers have unintentionally caused a lot of trouble. Civil War sees the Avengers splitting into two teams: One that believes that heroes should be run by the government and their Sokovia Accords, led by Iron Man, and ones that think otherwise, led by Captain America.
That is a very condensed and simple explanation of the issue in the film, but that's because Civil War deals with such a large issue, and that's why we love the story so much. The Civil War in the movies will have the same effect that the Civil War in the comics did, with its deep meanings and social issues.
But now that you've (presumably) seen Captain America: Civil War, you've probably found yourself in a rather frustrating predicament; you want more! You want more action, more political drama, more inner-Avengers showdowns! You could just wait for the next Marvel film, but Doctor Strange is coming out in November, and it likely won't have much to do with Civil War!
Civil War has one of the most dramatic and powerful storylines in any Marvel comic ever, and a two-hour movie isn't going to be enough satisfy your needs! If that's the case, don't worry, Marvel's got you covered.
Introducing...Civil War 2!
Now, before you frantically open up google and search the internet for any MCU announcements you might have missed, I should tell you that Civil War II isn't a movie.
Marvel's Civil War II is an upcoming comic book, a sequel to the 2007 Marvel comic, Civil War. Written by the legendary Brian Michael Bendis, with art by David Marquez, Civil War II is set for a June 2016 release date.
Though it isn't related to the recent film, Civil War II shares a lot of similar themes with Captain America: Civil War, and the comic of the same name. One of which is two teams of heroes fighting. But whereas Captain America: Civil War is all about political issues, Civil War II has a different main topic: Determinism.
Should A Person Be Punished For Something They Haven't Done Yet - But Will In The Future?
What would you do if you could potentially stop something bad from happening before it even happened? Say there was some sort of major catastrophe, and you were aware of it days before it even occurs—would you let it happen, or would you do everything in your power to stop it?
The answer is probably pretty clear, with most people likely opting to do something about it before it happens. But what if it isn't that easy? Is it really as simple as stopping a disaster before it occurs? That's what the heroes in Civil War II are going to find out!
See, Civil War II centers around one super-powered individual, a new hero with the ability to accurately predict the future. With this kind of power, heroes would never have to worry about arriving too late to stop a crime, because they could stop a crime before it even happens! But therein lies the issue, and the reason a new superhero Civil War is evident.
Why Is This Happening?
So now you know who is participating in this war, but why is this war happening in the first place? Well, like I said earlier, there's a new hero in town. This hero can accurately predict the future. With this kind of knowledge, any future crime could potentially be stopped before it happens. So if that's the case, why isn't every hero all for this? Why is there even a war?
Well, it's not so simple. See, this whole war is an allegory for the age-old argument of determinism vs. free will. To put it simply, some heroes, like Iron Man, question if it is fair to punish someone for something that they haven't even done yet.
If someone is an otherwise good Samaritan, but one day will decide to rob a bank, is it fair to punish him before he even does it? If it's an absolute certainty, perhaps, but the fact is that it isn't an absolute certainty.
This new hero has the ability to accurately PREDICT the future, but a prediction is really only a guess. And even those his premonitions are very accurate, that doesn't mean they'll always be correct.
Even if all of his previous predictions were correct, there's a chance that this new hero's next one could be wrong. If he predicts that someone is going to commit a crime, and they're punished, there's no way of telling if they would ever actually commit the crime. Therefore, an innocent person could be wrongfully accused and punished, which is why Team Iron Man is against the use of future-vision.
At the same time, if this new hero predicts that someone is going to destroy the world tomorrow, and nothing is done because he MIGHT do it, then the world is destroyed if he does. That's why Team Captain Marvel wants to use future-vision.
So now you know why this war is happening. Now, before we get down to the big question, it's time to meet the teams!
Team Iron Man
Poor ol' Tony Stark, he can never seem to catch a break! He's participated in a number of huge Marvel events, including the first Civil War! This is mainly because Iron Man, being a leader and founding member of the Avengers, has a very strong opinion on what it means to be a hero.
Iron Man is usually the type of hero who would stop at nothing to make the world a safer place for those who can't protect themselves. We've seen in both the comics and the MCU that he's certainly willing to take matters into his own hands, such as creating Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron—all for the goal of peace on Earth.
Knowing all of this, you may find it hard to believe that Iron Man is actually AGAINST using this new heroes powers to prevent crimes before they occur! That's right, Tony Stark is actually protesting the use of future-vision to potentially make the world a safer place. Joining Team Iron Man against the use of future-vision are Thor (Jane Foster), Captain America (Sam Wilson), Black Panther, Star-Lord, Hercules, Miss America, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Black Widow, The Hulk (Amadeus Cho), and Deadpool.
Team Captain Marvel
During the last Civil War, Iron Man had to face off against a captain; Captain America to be exact. This time is no different in that sense, as Tony has to deal with Carol Danvers, a.k.a Captain Marvel!
Joining Captain Marvel on the side supporting the use of future-vision are Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Vision, Medusa (of the Inhumans Royal Family), Blue Marvel, The Winter Soldier, Spectrum, She-Hulk, Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and Hawkeye.
Two more notable additions to Captain Marvel's team are Captain America (Steve Rogers) and War Machine. Captain America because, as I mentioned earlier, he was against Iron Man last time too, and War Machine because of the friendship that him and Iron Man have. It will be interesting to see Iron Man and War Machine at odds with each other.
So, now that we've got the teams introduced, it's finally time to ask:
So...Who Do You Side With?
Okay, this is it. If you've seen Captain America: Civil War, you've likely come to a decision about who you side with, or perhaps you're still undecided. Regardless, it's time to decide who you side with in the next Civil War!
You know the premise, the issue, and the teams (as well as their basic motivations), so now, who do YOU side with?
Do you side with Team Iron Man? Do you think that the punishment shouldn't come before the crime? Or are you with Team Captain Marvel? Do you believe that heroes should, for the greater good, trust the predictions, and stop a crime before it happens?
Sound off in the comments below which team you're on, and make sure to get Civil War II #1 when it releases in June 2016! And if you haven't seen it already, check out Captain America: Civil War, in theaters now!
Thanks For Reading!
Which hero do YOU side with?