Ladies and gentlemen, the Civil War is now over. Or is it just beginning? Obviously, the ramifications of the Avengers' break-up is going to huge for the entire MCU (or least, the ones in the movies). Friendships were broken, alliances tested and new allies created. It's going to be a few years until Infinity War, so what comes next for the Avengers?
When we last saw Steve Rogers, he had given up his trademark shield (he's had the thing for over 70 years, that had to be tough) to Tony Stark and led his best friend and the rest of his Avengers into fugitive status in Wakanda.
More than likely, he's still crusading for Truth, Justice and the America Way, just without being Captain America. Could he of gotten another shield from Black Panther? I mean, Wakanda had the raw ingredients for his original shield during WWII. Are the Secret Avengers still in Wakanda? I think Steve went from the being the poster boy above, to becoming The Captain. He's a super soldier and hero, so having the shield won't make too much of a difference. It probably won't allow anybody to call him Captain America, but we still wants to be the superhero the Accords won't allow him to be.
Ah, Tony Stark. So guilt-ridden, so confident in the fact that's he's right, that he rips asunder the entire Avengers team. No more Pepper, no JARVIS, and now, no more Captain America. At the end of Civil War, following an epic battle between himself, Steve and Bucky, he's pretty much alone. He does have Rhodey and Vision (more on them in a little), but the core of the team is gone. It's kind of like it was for him in the beginning — fighting for himself with only his best friend and AI to stand with him. He would be working on Rhodey's health issues and figuring out a way to bring Cap and the other Avengers to justice. That guilt he feels will drive him to more extreme measures. Presumably he's built more Iron Man suits — perhaps giving them to younger individuals (he seems to have no problems with child soldiers) like Harley or Riri. Maybe by creating his own Thor? Or giving Cap's shield to another super-soldier?
Ah yes, Bucky Barnes. Deep down inside, beneath his shattered psyche is still the WWII hero who followed Captain America into the arms of danger and HYDRA. Tony and his Avengers have the Winter Soldier code-book with all his phrases and mind manipulations, but Tony also has the means to cure the Soldier of all that, what with his handy little mind device he put on display in the beginning of the movie. But seeing as how Bucky killed Tony's parents, forgiveness won't be happening anytime soon. Also, Bucky is now in suspended animation in Wakanda so he won't harm anybody. He's also without his nifty bionic arm — when it was ripped off by Tony, it kind of represented Bucky's last ties to HYDRA. Will Black Panther and Wakanda supply him with another arm (probably more technologically advanced) when the time comes, showing him he can be a superhero (and maybe the new Captain America)?
Oh, and one more thing — do you think that the movies will follow up on the comic storyline that Bucky and Black Widow were once a thing back in Mother Russia?
And speaking of....
Natasha Romanov has since betrayed Tony and his Avengers. She didn't quite go over to Steve's side, just prevented Black Panther from stopping him and Bucky getting on that Quinjet. Tony gave her a warning that she should watch her back, that the powers that be will probably arrest her soon for what she did. And, that was the last time in the movie we saw Black Widow. Did she escape, getting those new cover IDs she talked about in Winter Soldier? Or did she stick around and get arrested for violating the Sokovia Accords and helping fugitives escape?
One of the coolest things I remember reading online before Civil War came out was that Natasha would be in jail following the war for helping superheroes/powered individuals escape The Sokovia Accords. She would be broken out in spectacular fashion by Ant-Man and join Cap's Secret Avengers. Now that we know what we know, it's possible this could happen during Infinity Wars.
Bow before your God of Thunder. Unless Heimdall tells him, Thor presumably has no idea that the Civil War even took place. He's up in Asgard, fighting against Loki (disguised as his father Odin) and in Ragnarok, The Hulk. In Ultron, he was going back to Asgard to investigate the Infinity Stones and what's going on with them. Thor feels a special kinship with Earth and will fight for it, no matter if he signs a piece of paper that tells him he can. He's a god. Pretty much nothing can stop him.
Or maybe just this happened:
How do you misplace a nuke? Hulk/Bruce Banner has been on the run long before Civil War, when he was running from then-General Thunderbolt Ross. He does have emotional ties to all the Avengers, in particular Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff. In Civil War, they asked where would Banner come down on all this, team-wise. Obviously, he would be against Superhero Registration of any kind. It seems he wants to be a good guy, but the Big Guy keeps messing things up for him, and he has to continue to be a fugitive. Thor Ragnarok finds him in gladiatorial combat in Asgard (maybe? Or the Gamesmaster's Arena elsewhere?). How did he get there? Will Hulk survive, or maybe Banner will become separated from his alter ego with the help of Asgardian Magic?
Hawkeye, family man, came out of retirement to help Captain America fight against Tony Stark and the Sokovia Accords. He never made this exactly clear why he did this, since he was a former S.H.I.E.LD. agent. Although, he did have Nick Fury keep his family off of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s books to keep it a secret. Man doesn't trust the government very much despite being a spy. Now, he just broke out of jail and is on the run. Getting his bows and arrows seems to be no problem for this spy. Will he see his family again? Since Tony Stark knows where his family lives, he will no doubt be keeping an eye on them.
I never really understood why Scott Lang fought for Cap's Avengers in Civil War. In his own movie, he was all about going legit for his daughter and fighting for a higher purpose. In Civil War, he kinda threw that all away. He landed back in prison and is now a fugitive. How can he see his daughter? How can he see his girl Hope? Did General Ross have his super suit at the prison so Scott could retrieve it when he escaped? Or does he have to go to Hank Pym — who HATES Tony Stark (and Howard) with a passion — for more Pym Particles?
Ah, yes Wasp. Hope Pym. Last we saw her, she and her father were putting together a new super suit for her so she too could shrink and fight crime. She wasn't asked (or at least we didn't see it happen) by Hawkeye to fight for Captain America and become fugitives. She is, after all, presumably still in charge of Pym Tech after the heist and explosion in Ant-Man. The Sokovia Accords would affect her too, and since she's probably a law-abiding citizen (heist notwithstanding), she would sign the Accords.
Captain America made Falcon a superhero and Avenger, then Tony Stark upgraded his wings and gave him Redwing the flying drone. As I asked before, did Ross and Tony keep the Secret Avengers' gear in the prison with them? If not, how will Falcon fly/fight evil without the pack? And if he did take his neat wings with him as a fugitive, what's preventing Tony from tracking them down (perhaps even taking over Redwing via his Iron Man suit)? Will he have a stripped-down suit like his original military version? So many cool questions.
Agent 13 / Sharon Carter
She didn't have a lot to do in Civil War. She was revealed as Peggy's niece and kissed Steve in a parking garage in Germany. Once that happened, you didn't see her again. Did she get in trouble for helping them? Her superiors would have noticed that Cap and Falcon's superhero gear was missing and that Sharon was the last person to see them. Does she still work for the CIA? I can't imagine her going on the run with Captain America (although maybe her aunt told her Captain America stories growing up and she wants to follow in her footsteps). Maybe she's Cap inside man in the powers that be. She is a spy after all.
Currently, Agent Peggy Carter, co-founder of S.H.I.E.L.D., is dead at the age of 90-something. But during her late, lamented show, she was still in the prime of life, fighting post-WWII spies and MCU derring-do. Let's hope Netflix changes their minds.
I know this one isn't strictly an Avenger either, but I wanted to include (former) Agent Daisy "Skye/Quake" Johnson in this list. According to the "six months later" coda on the season finale of S.H.I.E.L.D., Quake was on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. and was apparently doing some illegal activities. Now, with the Sokovia Accords in full effect, one would think that Iron Man and what's left of HIS Avengers would be after her. She could very well be public enemy No. 2 (after Cap, of course). She is, after all, using her powers illegally.
Last time we saw Wanda, she was in a straight jacket and drooling at the world in a drug-induced haze so she can't user her non-physically based powers in the Raft and against the guards. But at the end of the film, Cap came and broke all of them out, presumably taking them to Wakanda. Given her new confidence, she would probably continuing using her crazy powers for good while on Cap's Secret Avengers. But what about her romance with Vision? They're on opposite sides and Vision would be one of the superheroes tasked with capturing her and her cohorts (but more on him later). To quote an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. line: What will she become?
Well, I don't know the timeline for Stephen Strange in the MCU, but it's gotta take a few years to train in the mystic arts after a car accident destroys your former career. In Winter Soldier, it sounded like Strange was still a renowned surgeon, not a master of sorcery. Presumably, the movie after his training will go with the MCU timeline (post Civil War). Will he abide by the Sokovia Accords, or will he follow a different path?
When we last saw Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he had been injured badly thanks to a fall caused by chasing a Quinjet and a erroneous blast by the Vision. He is partially paralyzed, and is in physical therapy at Avengers HQ. In the comics, there was a great storyline during the 1980s that had Tony paralyzed and the only way he could walk was by donning the Iron Man armor. Presumably, Rhodey could do the same thing. Will he have a Stark-made prosthesis for his spine or will he just suit up in the War Machine armor from a wheelchair or crutches whenever there's a battle? He still believes in the Accords and everything the Avengers had to do to follow them.
The New King of Wakanda. After going on a revenge tour to bring Bucky Barnes (or kill him, either way) to justice, he has embraced his new Secret Avengers allies and made Wakanda a safe port for our heroes to come to. Bucky has to stay there, since he's frozen in Carbonite in a Wakandan lab, but will the others stay? Will T'Challa supply them with new gear and let them continue to use Wakanda as a home base? Or was it a one-time thing to get them away from Tony Stark?
Vision, formerly the AI called JARVIS, is compromised. His feelings for Wanda had him make a mistake in Germany and blasted the wrong guy — War Machine — out of the sky. Feelings are new to him; it's never happened before. His powers and the stone are still a mystery to him as well. Will he fulfill his comic book destiny and marry Scarlett Witch? This seems doubtful right now, since she's a fugitive and he's taken himself out of the game. Will he pull himself together to fight Captain America and his Secret Avengers? Eventually, he'll have to face Thanos in Infinity Wars, or Thanos will just pull that Infinity stone right from his forehead?
As you all know, Marvel's Most Wanted was sadly cancelled before it could even begin. So where the hell is Mockingbird and Lance Hunter? Last we saw them, they were on the run from legit government authorities and were going to hook up with Dominic Fortune and do some serious spy/superhuman type stuff. Maybe S.H.I.E.L.D. will have them back, or we'll look in on them during this upcoming season?
Peter Parker? Well, he's back in school for Homecoming.
If you thought the fight scene at in Leipzig was epic, see how it stacks up against these other fights in the video below:
Well, are my predictions accurate?