Whose side are you on? (by @TheOnlyBigRich)
I want to start this with a disclaimer. I have never been a huge fan of comics, I have a deep appreciation for the art and narrative on display between the pages, however, I don’t have a large collection or encyclopedic knowledge of the events and characters contained within. I have loved watching, and following comic book movies since Bryan Singers X-Men way back in 2000 and have closely followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Robert Downey Jr’s debut in 2008’s Iron Man.
That being said, Marvel’s Civil War is one crossover story that I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, and became excited to see since I predicted it in 2008 after watching Iron Man’s post credit scene with Nick Fury introducing the idea of the Avengers Initiative. I was excited to see Joss Whedon’s Avengers in 2012, and I am just as excited to see the Russo Brothers adaptation of the Civil War storyline due to hit the big screen in April next year.
From here on out, there will be spoilers and speculation! Do not read on if you want to remain innocent!
Cap 3 will follow on directly from where the Avengers sequel; Age of Ultron left off. The Avengers we love have all but disbanded, Thor has returned to Asgard, Hulk rode a Quinjet off into the sunset and Iron Man is laying low after creating the titular villain that became very close to destroying the planet. A new team of Avengers has been created in their place, this one lead by Captain Rogers and Agent Romanoff as his second in command, they prepare to train the new recruits; War Machine, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Falcon.
The catalyst for the new storyline is the new team attempt to foil the latest attack from a currently unknown villain, but instead cause a huge amount of collateral damage which brings a whole new level of scrutiny down onto our heroes. Calls for any and all super powered beings to be registered are heard throughout the government and the superhero registration act is born. Thus requiring all of our superheroes to register their powers with the US government and S.H.I.E.L.D. This is the idea that divides the guys. Tony Stark fighting for the idea of oversight, possibly in an attempt to get back into the good books in the eyes of the world after kind of fucking things up last time. Going against him is our favourite WW2 Captain, who believes he is fighting for the greater good and there shouldn’t be any oversight. This idea will violently come to a head when our two heroes will have to duke it out.
As it is pretty much being billed as Avengers 2.5, along with not only bringing back Chris Evans and RDJ, a whole host of the ones you love, ones you’ve not yet seen and even someone you thought was forgotten, who will be forced to pick sides and do what they believe is right. Joining Cap in the fight against the mandatory registration will mostly likely be Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and the return of Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier. Taking Sides with Iron Man, my best guess would be Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Paul Bettany’s Vision and the second outing for Paul Rudd’s soon to be released Ant-Man. Also appearing is Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Agent 13/Sharon, presumably Carter (Emily Van Camp) and Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross (William Hurt) who hasn’t been seen since Edward Norton’s Incredible Hulk. Frank Grillo has upgraded Brock Rumlow into Crossbones who will serve as one of the primary villains. The other has been hinted at being Baron Zemo, to be played by Daniel Bruhl. Our very own Martin Freeman will appear in an as of yet unspecified role, although the most popular theory is suggesting a government employee very much in favour of the registration act.
Newcomer to the series Chadwick Boseman is due to make his first appearance as Wakandan King T’Challa, otherwise known as Black Panther, but the one everyone is equally surprised and excited for is down to the deal made with Sony. Spider-Man is due to return home to the Marvel Universe and early, but strong rumours suggest it will be Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and your friendly neighbourhood web slinger. Both of these will get their introductions here, before their respective solo films in the near future.
As with last year’s Winter Soldier, this will have a massive recoil effect; that will be felt across the entire Marvel Universe, and displayed most prominently again in the third series of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson and his band of highly skilled misfits will be the ones tying up the loose ends after the battle tearing that tore apart the teammates comes to an end.
As the time gets nearer, the hype train will also get bigger and faster and people may be just as excited for this, as they were for the original Avengers film, some even more so. We caught a glimpse of foreshadowing between the rivals while at Clint Barton’s farmhouse when Steve told Tony that we hadn’t seen his dark side while tearing logs in half with his bare hands. This film is due to set up the future and start the series of events that will undoubtedly lead to the two part Infinity War, also due to be handled masterfully by the Russo Brothers, who did nothing but impress when the Winter Soldier was released. However, between now and then, we still have a whole host of films to be seen that will set us up for the two-part galactic show down with uber bad guy Thanos. But before we see the Avengers go head to head, we still have Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd to enjoy. You can watch the trailer below.