*Possible spoilers lie ahead!*
Why is there a Civil War?
It all kicks off with the Government creating a bunch of new rules & regulations. These regulations have been created to make clear to Superheroes that they are not above the law – they may possess forms of ‘unlimited power’ but they are not people who can decide who lives and who dies. The idea had been circulating ever since the events of Age of Ultron (as well as the other obvious occasions where mass destruction ensued; The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) where the Avengers single-handedly created a ‘murder-bot’, as Bruce Banner described it, and as a result caused a whole lot of destruction on a global scale.
However it is not until an event that occurs during the beginning of Civil War that cements these laws in place. The Government realise how these superhuman individuals cannot be left to act on their own. They need superheroes to be held accountable for their actions and liable to punishment. Consequently, the laws are set and so the story moves on.
Captain America and Iron Man have different views on this.
Two sides are formed.
Allies are separated.
And a Civil War unravels…
Tony Stark Vs Steve Rogers: Why are they against each other?
Steve Rogers, being the man of liberty and justice that he is, does not agree with this new Government law put in place. A quote he says in The Winter Soldier concerning a similar Government threat – “This isn’t freedom. This is fear.” – can also be used to describe his views here.
Tony Stark on the other hand is paddling in another boat somewhere far off in his mind palace (that reference seems appropriate seeing as Sherlock will be joining the MCU come November) which, in other words, means that he is against Rogers in his ideals and agrees with this new controlled government system.
The detailed reasons as to how exactly they get to a stage of complete disregard for each other won’t be known until the film’s release but from the trailers released so far we can map out a pretty good idea of how it all unfolds. Bucky, the brainwashed antagonist of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, who has since rekindled his past memories, seems to be the main catalyst here and from what we’ve seen already he will deliver a great amount of emotional pain on screen.
If past Marvel movies are anything to go by then this ‘feud’ was hinted way back in The Avengers. The scene in this shows the two of them (Stark and Rogers) having a slight disagreement – not on a political scale– but instead on each other’s irritating personalities. The little ‘disagreement’ is kicked off by Steve who says:
“Big man in a suit of armour. Take that off, what are you?”
To which Tony later responds with:
“You’re a lab rat, Rogers. Everything special about you came out of a bottle!”
(If I were Cap I would want to stay way clear of Tony Stark’s one liners.)
The bottom line is that Captain America takes one side while Iron Man takes another.
Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther… Whose side is everyone on?
It’s quite disheartening to know that the characters we’ve grown to love on the big screen (as well as in the pages of comic books) are going to be deeply opposed to each other’s ideals and moral codes. But if we want a civil war then that is what’s going to have to happen!
You might be finding it difficult to choose which side to fight for, Team Cap or Team Iron Man, but imagine how hard it must be for Hawkeye and Black Widow!?
Team Cap: Captain America a.k.a Steve Rogers, The Winter Soldier a.k.a Bucky Barnes, Hawkeye a.k.a Clint Barton, Scarlet Witch a.k.a Wanda Maximoff, Ant-Man a.k.a Scott Lang, and Falcon a.k.a Sam Wilson.
Team Iron Man: Iron Man a.k.a Tony Stark, War Machine a.k.a James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Black Widow a.k.a Natasha Romanoff, Vision and Black Panther a.k.a T’Challa.
The most interesting (and heart-breaking) aspect of this line up is going to be watching how allies will turn on each other. Hawkeye and Black Widow wouldn’t intentionally risk one another’s life and Vision saved Scarlet Witch’s life at the end of Age of Ultron. Putting past relationships aside it will be intriguing to see how newcomers Black Panther and Spiderman act within this universe. No matter what happens and how everything unfolds it will be scarily satisfying to watch these personalities clash.
It is sure to be one emotional ride full of clinking emotions and loss of life… I don’t want to call out any names but *cough* Rhodey *cough*. And trust me; I say that with a tear in my eye.
Thaddeus Ross and Everett Ross – Who are they and what are they doing?
If you’ve followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning you’ll remember the first iteration of The Incredible Hulk back when Edward Norton was the titular green raging monster. In this film we saw Thaddeus Ross as the Lieutenant General of the United States Army who was hunting Bruce Banner a.k.a the Hulk. Fast forward to more than a few years to Captain America: Civil War and Mr Ross has returned! He is still playing the same character but this time he represents part of the Government putting forward the Superhero Regulations.
Anthony & Joe Russo, the directors of The Winter Soldier and Civil War have said that they wanted to make sure people didn’t forget that the 2008 The Incredible Hulk is still part of the MCU and bringing this character back does that exact thing.
Next we have Martin Freeman. When he was first announced as playing a role in this I had hoped he would be swooping in as a caped superhero because I think that would suit him… however it soon became apparent that he was in fact playing someone entirely different; Everett Ross. He may not possess any superhuman abilities but having Martin freeman join this universe in any form is good enough for me. His character in the film is part of a Joint Counter Terrorist Centre which, by my intelligent deduction, is a Joint Count Terrorist Centre. He should fit right in with the rest of the Government which means he is most probably against Captain America. Everett Ross also has links with ‘Wakanda’, which is where Black Panther hails from so expect to see Mr Freeman show up in future Marvel movies.
The ending to Captain America: Civil War will likely consist of one hell of a cliff-hanger, or at least a rather demoralising event. Now of course this is only speculation but if the comics are anything to go by then Cap meets his demise at the end of the ‘Civil War’ via assassination… what a way to go. That’s what you call a depressing ending to a superhero film. If this does happen, a main theory is that he will be bought back in Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. This can be backed up by the fact that Chris Evans’ contract is set for at least one more movie after Civil War which is likely to be Infinity War Part 2 and he has even stated that he would extend it past that if the opportunity arises – but that is something for future discussion.
In the comics, Bucky, in Cap’s absence, takes up the shield and becomes his own ‘Captain America’ – with Sebastian Stan’s contract pretty full in terms of Marvel movies this could be how Civil War ends, with Bucky putting on the Captain America uniform (or something similar at least) and becoming the new face of the superhero.
Anthony and Joe Russo have stated that it will have a…
“…very dramatic ending that will be controversial for a lot of people.”
So be prepared for the worst folks.
Captain America: Civil War hits UK cinemas (a week earlier than the US, lucky us) on the 29th April.
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