With Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice finally in theaters, the eyes of comic book fans have shifted to the next superhero-themed blockbuster: Captain America: Civil War. The film will see the heroes of the MCU divided, standing against each other on issues regarding superhero accountability. It draws inspiration from Marvel Comics’ Civil War crossover event, originally published 10 years ago and featuring a similar storyline on a much grander scale.
In commemoration of the series’ 10-year anniversary (and capitalizing on the hype for the film), Marvel Comics announced Civil War II, a spiritual successor to the original event set to debut in June 2016. The series will differ from the original in a number of ways, the most important being the inciting incident. Rather than return to registration and exploring the rights of an individual vs. the rights of society, the heroes will be divided by a much grander question: if you can see the future, do you have the right to change it?
While the scope of the event will encompass space and time in the Marvel Comics continuity, the effects of the massive conflict will be felt by all. Exemplifying this is the recently announced tie-in comic Civil War II: Kingpin, a four-issue miniseries from writer Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home) and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (Wolf). The series will see Kingpin taking advantage of the infighting to further his own goals and criminal empire.
Rosenberg describes his take on the character as follows:
“Fisk’s goals in this are the same as Fisk’s goals almost always are: he wants to get whatever he can, however he can, and see how far he can push things. He is in the business of furthering Wilson Fisk, and the new Civil War will provide him a unique opportunity. He is a Civil War profiteer.”
The writer is keeping the rest of the supporting cast under wraps for now, but he confirmed the cast will mostly be made up of villains. He also expressed excitement about working with Ortiz, promising “a truly beautiful book” with unique, kinetic energy. Ortiz shared that same excitement, citing Rosenberg’s work on We Can Never Go Home as a big reason for his eagerness to take on the project. That series, which followed two teenage runaways swept up in a world of crime and super powers, showcased the writer’s ability to examine the grittier side of a world with superpowers, a skill that should come in handy for tackling the Kingpin.
Kingpin’s popularity is rising, owed largely to Vincent D’Onofrio’s take on the character in the Daredevil Netflix series. Often cited as the strongest component of a stellar first season, D’Onofrio captured the vulnerability of the character without sacrificing the ferocity. Rosenberg and Ortiz can use that momentum to fuel their miniseries, possibly setting up the character for a greater role in the future comics continuity after the dust of Civil War II finally settles.
Marvel’s Civil War II event kicks off in June 2016 and is scheduled to run through eight issues of a limited series (with spinoffs and tie-ins) in 12 books.