Seemingly out of nowhere, and right in the middle of peak Star Wars marketing, Disney placed the spotlight on their other key franchise - the Marvel Cinematic Universe - in late November by releasing the first trailer and posters for Captain America: Civil War. This was followed up by cover issues of film magazines, interviews, photos and more.
Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man left off this year, and serves as just the beginning of Phase 3 of the MCU. It may be a Captain America film by name, but almost every major character introduced in the dozen MCU Films so far has a role to play in Civil War - a movie that promises to be another game-changer for the universe.
NOTE: The following post may contain MAJOR SPOILERS for Captain America 3.
With that in mind, That Hashtag Show has another scoop regarding certain plot details about Captain America: Civil War - and while we'll have to wait until the film comes out to verify these details, this latest news coincides with what comic readers should expect from the opening chapter of Phase 3.
We already know Chris Evans and most of other Avengers featured in Civil War will be back working with the Russos again for Avengers: Infinity War. Lengthy studio contracts gave that away years ago and Evans has publicly talked about his obligations with Marvel over the years.
But we also know that Captain America 2 & 3 and Avengers 3 & 4 co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo want to emphasize that there are real stakes involved in their features, meaning some characters may not walk away from the events of Captain America: Civil War - j ust like the Civil War crossover event from Marvel Comics a decade ago (which has a timely followup debuting this summer, by the way). Joe Russo speaking in China earlier in December:
"The stakes of both Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War movies are gonna be very high, and there will be a price to pay for the characters. And that’s the whole point of cumulative storytelling. We’re going to go on emotional journeys with these characters and we’ve got a lot invested in the emotion. We have the responsibility to be mindful of how these people feel about the characters and, at the same time, we also have a responsibility to carry through on the storytelling. As filmmakers, we believe in stakes. You can’t have good storytelling without strong stakes. So, there will be a price to pay. There will be a price to pay in Civil War. There will be characters who suffer in that movie and will come out and never be the same again. And in Avengers: Infinity War the stakes will be raised to a whole new level and people should expect to be shocked when they see the movies."
With all of that in mind, That Hashtag Show reports that Captain America: Civil War will open and close with funerals scenes - funerals for different characters. We knew of one already from back in May when set photos revealed our heroes alongside familiar faces attending a ceremony that we speculated could be for Peggy Carter. The latest report claims this is true, but goes on to explain that there will be another funeral for none other than Steve Rogers at the end of the film to close it out.
Talk about stakes.