The Marvel Cinematic Universe is buzzing at an all-time high right now, thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultronconquering theaters while the Daredevil Netflix series has kept fans thrilled on the homefront. However, as Avengers 2 and then Ant-Manpass through theaters this summer, and bring Marvel Phase 2 to a close, fans are arguably more excited for the huge developments to come in Phase 3 than they are for seeing a killer robot and ant-sized hero get their movie debuts.
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Whether official or simply fan-made, it's not a bad picture. Of course, fans have already started comparing the style of the artwork to that "special" extra footage of Batman V Supermanscreened for fans at the April 20th IMAX trailer launch.
For those who have not seen it in bootleg form, it's a scene in an empty warehouse with Batman and Superman about to battle one another. The scene ends with the two dashing towards one another at high speed, about to trade blows; it's almost exactly the same pose as Cap and Iron Man, above.
In our own op-ed on the future of superhero movie franchises we discussed how "mini event films" like "vs" fights could become a new standard to fill space between bigger crossovers like Avengers movies or Infinity War mega events - but we didn't think it would take hold so quickly on both sides of the DC/Marvel line. In many ways, seeing Dawn of Justice and Civil War so closely juxtaposed - down to the imagery - is ironic; these two films have been facing off for over a year now, ever since they were both scheduled for the same May 6th, 2016 release date. DC/WB eventually blinked and moved Batman V Superman to a March 25, 2016 release date, but clearly the studios aren't afraid of a little friendly rivalry. And who are we kidding: it will only be good for business.
The Avengers: Age of Ultronended with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) stepping back to find some new perspective after putting the world in danger via Ultron's creation. Meanwhile, Steve Rogers found his perspective: as Ultron said, he needs a war, and so he has made a new Avengers training facility his home, with a new team to lead.
One drawback to Age of Ultron is that it didn't clearly cement how the Civil War schism will happen. While most assume it will be similar to the comics (the government wanting more control/accountability from superheroes), how that development plays into the MCU versions of the characters remains to be seen.
In the comics, Cap is against masked heroes having to be put through government registration (too Nazi-ish for him); will it be that way in the movies? Or could things get flipped and Cap is the registration/accountability side of the line, while Stark is more maverick "mad-scientist" who doesn't want red tape holding him back from protecting Earth from the next invasion? Given the gaps between Marvel films, it's hard to tell.
However it plays out, the Civil War divide is going to be an interesting development for the MCU as a whole. If the government is hunting down and coercing "enhanced" people into either service or detention, new heroes like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man - or the entire Inhumans community - will find themselves coming to light in a very different world than the heroes of "The Battle of New York" were greeted into.
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.