*MAJOR SPOILERS For Captain America: Civil War*
There are few superheroes films that have been as well received as [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) has been thus far — and for a movie featuring a ton of characters, multiple narratives, and the introduction of more than one major new character, it manages to hold itself together and tie everything off surprisingly neatly.
But of course, there will always be some questions left unanswered, be they issues of character or big plot points we want to know more about. Civil War hit the spot but still left us wanting more. Again, this post contains a ton of spoilers for Civil War, so don't read on if you haven't seen the movie yet!
We good? Alright then, here's our run-down of the biggest questions we feel Civil War left unanswered:
What Happened To The Winter Soldier Code Book?
You know the one, the one Vasily Karpov used to activate the Winter Soldier, the one stolen by Baron Zemo in order to get Bucky to spill the details of Howard and Maria Stark's deaths and get the conflict really going.
Last we saw the code book it was firmly in the hands of Zemo, who was taken into custody at the conclusion of the film. So, does this mean the American government now has their hands on the book? Or did Black Panther sneakily get ahold of it when confronting Zemo? No wonder Bucky made the decision to put himself back to sleep at the end of the movie, it's tough being such a popular assassin.
What Was Howard Stark Doing With The Super-Soldier Serum?
This might seem like an obvious one. Alongside Dr. Abraham Erskine, Howard Stark was instrumental in the application of the serum that turned the weedy Steve Rogers into the beefy Captain America.
But The First Avenger saw the death of Erskine and the end of the program, and Agent Carter saw Peggy convincing Howard not to produce any more of the serum using Steve's blood. So, how did he make the serum we see the Winter Soldier take from him in the opening sequence, and why?
Where Did Black Widow Go?
The last we saw of Natasha Romanoff she was having a conversation with Tony Stark, and he tells her that the authorities will be coming for her due to her actions during the battle at Leipzig Airport.
And then, like the spy she is, she vanishes into the ether. Will she hook back up with Steve and the rest, Secret Avengers style? And when will we see her again?
Do The Accords Extend To All Enhanced Humans?
Though the Accords were the big problem that fueled the narrative in Civil War we didn't actually get to see the particulars of the laws clarified, but it sounds like they may have the application to extend beyond just the Avengers team.
So, will this have a knock on effect on the rest of the MCU, for Doctor Strange and Spider-Man: Homecoming? What about the ground level Netflix shows, with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage; will they be affected by these new laws regarding enhanced individuals?
Why Didn't Bucky Take Out The Security Camera First?
Ok, we know why he didn't. Because if he had, we never would've gotten that visceral scene where Zemo reveals to Tony the man who killed his parents, and then the throw-down that happens afterward.
But the fact that a highly trained and determined secret agent/super soldier would carry out an incredibly high profile murder while allowing himself to be caught on camera doing so seems like a bit of an oversight. Silly Bucky, this is why you can't be trusted with two arms.
What Happened To Agent 13?
Let's be honest, that Steve and Sharon kiss scene was totally worth it just to catch Sam and Bucky's reactions, but what happened to Agent 13 after she broke all kinds of laws to help Team Cap by reuniting them with their battle gear?
It's highly unlikely that General Ross and Everett K. Ross would just not notice that Cap and Falcon's gear had mysteriously vanished from lock-up and ended up back with them. So, what happened to Sharon Carter, and will she be able to continue helping Steve now that they've gone on the lam? What about their budding relationship?
Why Did Ant-Man & Hawkeye Get Involved In The First Place?
Despite the fact that Hawkeye retired to be with his family at the end of Age of Ultron, his involvement here is understandable — he's been an agent for a long time and has personal ties to the Avengers and their individual members. But while we loved seeing Ant-Man on the big screen again, it was a bit of an odd choice for the newbie superhero to join the fray in Civil War.
Given that the character development in Ant-Man was primarily concerned with Scott Lang trying to prove his responsibility in order for him to be allowed to see his daughter again — something that he achieved by the conclusion of the film — it's an odd choice for him to throw that all away for a bunch of superheroes to whom he has no personal attachment. Also, where was the Wasp in all this?
What Happened To Bucky's Backpack?
You might remember Sebastian Stan previously discussing that backpack with the adorable chest-strap that we saw Bucky running around with in the Civil War trailers — the backpack that Stan says contains notebooks documenting Bucky's "scattered memories dating back to as far as he can remember," memories he wrote down out of fear of losing them again.
But what happened to it? The last we saw, Bucky was wearing it when he was arrested by War Machine and Ross's troops. It's possible that it could've been retrieved by Sharon along with Cap and Falcon's gear, but we don't explicitly see Bucky with it again after that. Given that the backpack is Bucky's most important possession, it's a pretty big deal.
Can Iron Man Really Forgive Cap?
The ending certainly seemed to suggest so, but it felt more than a little forced. Does Tony now have all his unresolved issues regarding the deaths of his parents out of his system just because he punched Cap and Bucky for a bit? It seems unlikely, though the little smile he had while on the phone suggested that there is a chance for reconciliation still.
Given that Civil War presented perhaps the most complex Tony Stark arc we've seen yet, it seems odd that they would sweep the big traumatic blow to his character under the rug for the sake of having the characters make up before Infinity War. Chances are there are still going to be a lot of burning tensions when Captain America and Iron Man meet again.