[Potential MILD SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War ahead.]
Shooting is well underway on Captain America: Civil War, the next Marvel Studios release headlined by Chris Evans (playing Avengers team leader Steve Rogers), as well as the movie that begins Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those who’ve been keeping up on the film’s progress know this isn’t so much a Captain America solo adventure as it is a major ‘event’ featuring most every other main character in the MCU (well, except for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and probably Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), anyway).
Civil War is (loosely) based on the “Civil War” comic book storyline by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, which ran from 2006-07 and explored how the superhero community is split when the U.S. government attempts to pass a Superhero Registration Act. However, just as the big screen version of Civil War will deviate from its source material in terms of narrative content, there will also be differences in terms of what costumes the various players wear (and the technology at their disposal) in this new film.
The Civil War screenplay written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explores what happens when Steve Rogers and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) find themselves landing on opposing sides, in response to an effort to “install a system of accountability and a governing body” to better regulate the activities of superheroes, after The Avengers cause another “international incident.” This sets the stage for Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) to join the MCU too, and a new article published by JoBlo claims that T’Challa starts the film hunting for Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) – something that was also previously reported by other sites – for reasons that have yet to be explained in full.
Here’s a bullet-point rundown of the many costume/tech-related Civil War reveals in JoBlo‘s report:
- T’Challa’s costume has Vibranium elements (see: the claws) that allow him to scratch Cap’s shield (he and Cap apparently fight at some point). Black Panther also has a “Stark-like” Panther jet with a sleek design.
- Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) costume will bear a stronger resemblance than ever to Hawkeye’s look in the Marvel Earth-616 comic book universe (read: “more purple and flair”).
- Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) will ditch his vintage Ant-Man costume (from his solo movie), for a more modernized outfit. Ant-Man will also take on his Giant Man form (which is about 15-20 ft. tall), at one point.
- James Rhodes’ (Don Cheadle) new War Machine armor will be much more “tank-like.”
- Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) will have the red-lined armor glimpsed in Civil War set photos, and he will use a drone version of Redwing (which, in the comics, is the bird that Falcon’s telepathically linked to).
- Steve Rogers will finally don
chainmailscale mail armor, like he often has in the Marvel comic books.
There are a couple more interesting Civil War tidbits in the original JoBlo report, so be sure and take a look (if you don’t mind being further spoiled).
These unofficial Civil War details are fairly easy to swallow, since superheroes and/or Avengers getting new costumes and armor upgrades are par for the course for Marvel Studios films. This information also suggests that Markus and McFeely have indeed nailed down how to effectively incorporate tricky elements and characters from Marvel comic book lore into the MCU (balancing reverence for the source material with the need to make certain things more practical), now that the duo has already written the first two Captain America films, co-penned Thor: The Dark World, and created the Agent Carter TV series to boot (see the change made to Redwing, for example).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo are serving at the helm on Civil War, and (like Winter Solider) there seems to be potential for this new movie to deliver strong political genre thriller entertainment while it also sets up future developments and events that will transpire in the MCU. Some (not all) of Marvel’s Phase II films struggled to divide time evenly between developing their standalone narratives and expanding the cinematic universe’s larger mythos, so if Civil War can better manage the act then it will set a nice precedent for the many Phase III movies ahead.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.