As Marvel Studios gears up for the release of Captain America: Civil War, the traditional comics arm of the superhero entertainment powerhouse is busily launching a follow-up to the landmark 2006 crossover comic book event that inspired the hotly-anticipated blockbuster. Although the Civil War film follows the same basic scenario as the original comic series, the Civil War II event features entirely new teams of heroes fighting a much bigger ideological conflict.
A new trailer for the Civil War II comic book crossover lays out the who, what and why in advance of its planned June 2016 release date. You can watch that motion-comic preview, above.
In the original Civil War, Marvel superheroes found themselves divided over a new push for the U.S. government to license and regulate the activities of all super-powered individuals (rather than just Mutants, as had been the case in previous spins on the same situation) following the accidental destruction of an occupied school building during a battle between untested young heroes and a supervillain. Iron Man supported the measure, while Captain America defied it in the name of civil rights and led a coalition of renegade heroes to oppose its implementation – stopping only when he realized the collateral damage was too great and later being assassinated (he recovered eventually).
That original Civil War comic book storyline, with several notable changes, serves as the inspiration for the upcoming Captain America “three-qual”. However, the Civil War II comic event – published to mark the 10 year anniversary of the original comic book event – finds Marvel’s costumed characters once again coming to blows over the newest game-changing development in their world: The discovery of an Inhuman (i.e. the alien-descended superhuman beings currently caught up in the plot over on the Marvel TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) with the ability to predict the future with a certainty never before witnessed on Earth. When this new Inhuman uses their power to prevent a terrible tragedy, many heroes unite behind an organized effort to use this gift to thwart future crimes through “predictive justice” – but far from everyone is comfortable with that idea.
While the alignment of every hero in the story is not known and there are bound to be surprises along the way, the marketing for the new Civil War is once again built around two opposing teams. Iron Man, this time standing against an intrusive government program, leads an oppositional team known to include Black Widow, Deadpool, Captain America (Sam Wilson version), The Totally Awesome Hulk, Miss America, Hercules, Black Panther, Luke Cage, Thor (as currently embodied by Jane Foster), Star-Lord and Daredevil. On the other side, a pro-predictive justice team unites behind Captain Marvel, set to feature Monica Rambeau (the African-American “Captain Marvel” of the 80s, sometimes called Spectrum) She-Hulk, Ant-Man, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Medusa, The Blue Marvel Captain America (Steve Rogers version), The Vision, War Machine and Spider-Man (Peter Parker version).
Interestingly, the Civil War II trailer hints at plot elements that were not in evidence in the original solicitations, including the presence of Old Man Logan (an elderly Wolverine left-over from a destroyed alternate-timeline during the Secret Wars event) in the conflict and a fight between Sam Wilson’s Cap and Miles Morales, the younger Black-Latino Spider-Man. This suggests that the Ultimate Universe survivor has taken up sides with Captain Marvel and Parker.
Civil War II #1 is set for release in June 2016.