So in 2006-2007 Marvel brought us one of the most compelling storylines in comic book history thus far. Unlike most major crossover stories, this one did not involve gods or demons, very few aliens, no resetting of the universe, none of the things that you would expect from such a major story. Instead it brought a story that we, as readers, could identify with.
Marvel: Civil War was a story that explored the role of big brother, personal and public privacy, personal responsibility, preferential and prejudicial treatment, tragic loss and outcry and the conflict between friends that can turn bloody. The best of the story lines told the tale of one Peter Parker, a veteran of the superhero game who has been fighting crime for the better part of two decades, since he was still a young teenager. He was recruited by Tony Stark to be the face of the Superhuman Registration Act, a bill that would have all superhumans register their actual names and abilities with the U.S. Government. Spider-Man believed in this so much that he actually revealed his identity to the public on TV, the same way Tony Stark did. With this registration act, if say, a building were knocked down with people in it and it was that heroes fault, they could be held responsible. Note: Spider-Man did eventually flip to Captain America’s side for… reasons.
This is the story that most are assuming the movie Captain America: Civil War will be based on. In spirit it is similar, but its not the same story at all. There have been mentions of the Superhuman Registration Act in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it does not appear that will be the focal point of this movie. Captain America: Civil War takes place right after The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The Avengers have just basically destroyed a city trying to protect the world and not everyone is happy about that. They want The Avengers (who just now became under the leadership of Captain America) to answer for that and any future actions by giving them oversight, giving them a group to answer to.
At Salt Lake City Comic Con, Chris Evans states: “Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, (ie. the creation of Ultron) I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own.”
Here is where my speculation comes in though. I believe that one of the people that Tony Stark thinks The Avengers should be reporting to is Tony Stark himself. I could see him being appointed the Secretary of Defense (an appointment that he held in the comics for a time as well) now that Senator Stern, his largest opposition in the Senate, has been revealed to be HYDRA. (Hail Hydra!) In such a role, he could protect the U.S. while still upholding his vow to not build weapons anymore.
Another quote by Chris Evans states about their struggle is that “what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.” I for one am looking forward to Captain America: Civil War much more than I was Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and personally think the Avengers 2 should have been the Civil War storyline with a 3 hour run time.
What do you folks think? Do you like where the MCU is going with this in diluting the story to fit a shorter format? Will you ever forgive them for AOU? Tell us in the comments!
Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters May 6th, 2016