Now that Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is complete, moviegoers are turning their attention to Phase 3, which will kick off in May 2016 with the release of Captain America: Civil War. There are several reasons why many fans are excited to see that film, beginning with the fact that it is based on the famous comic book story line that saw heroes take sides and do battle against one another.
In the comics, the Civil War was started over a dispute involving a superhero registration act, which would require everyone to surrender their secret identities. Though the movie will be carrying over some familiar elements (mainly, Captain America vs. Iron Man), directors Joe and Anthony Russo apparently have a different idea for getting the ball rolling.
According to Birth Movies Death, the two factions come to blows not over a Registration Act, but something referred to as “The Accords,” a global move to govern superheroes. You may recall that in the post-credits scene for Ant-Man, Sam Wilson/Falcon mentions to Steve Rogers that the existence of the Accords would prevent Tony Stark from helping them deal with a captured Bucky Barnes. Details on the Accords are still slim, but we may now have a better idea of what they are.
Should this turn out to be the case, it makes a great deal of sense. Secret identities are hardly a priority in the MCU, as many of Earth’s Mightiest operate as public figures. It’s true that some of them (like Hawkeye) have things they’d like to keep from the general public, but basing an entire movie around superhero registration (when everyone knows Stark is Iron Man, etc.) wouldn’t be as compelling. Even as we meet new characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man, who may have secret identities intact, this would be a better way to have the movie’s issues affect everyone.
If, at Captain America: Civil War‘s core, is a question of who governs the superheroes in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dissolution, it presents a number of interesting questions to explore. Do the Avengers have a responsibility to pick and choose their missions as they see fit, or will there be someone there to tell them to not get involved in a situation for fear of civilian casualties? What exactly is the best way to keep the world safe? Given the events of the MCU so far (especially what we saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron), it’s easy to see how the contrasting views of Stark and Rogers could spur this confrontation and have severe implications for the future of the MCU.
In a way, this would be a refreshing change of pace for Marvel movies in general. Many of the studio’s films follow the same basic formula, and even when the final battle isn’t on a massive scale (Ant-Man), it still hits similar beats. Injecting a heavy dose of political intrigue where there’s a decidedly morally grey area could make for a truly fascinating film. It sounds like there won’t be a clear-cut “good vs. evil” story serving as the catalyst, and the Russos will be providing plenty of food-for-thought for viewers to consider. That certainly seems like an exciting new direction for the franchise to go.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man– July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
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