The upcoming Captain America: Civil War will be the first film released in Marvel's highly anticipated Phase Three. Following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, this film will pit Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) against Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as the two battle over the matter of government interference with superheroes.
This will be the third Captain America movie, and one that will cause a seismic shift in the connected MCU. An exciting trailer has already proven the sequel will be every bit as action-packed as its predecessor, and while the film has been referred to as both a psychological and political thriller, it is also supposed to be more funny than The Winter Soldier. It now sounds as though a new romance might contribute to Captain America: Civil War's lighter moments.
In an interview with ComicBook.com the co-directors of the film, Anthony and Joe Russo, spoke about the possibility of romance in Steve's future. When asked about a love interest for Cap, Anthony's first response was, of course, "You mean, aside from Cap [and] Bucky?" - referencing the ever popular relationship between Rogers and his childhood best friend Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier. Epic bromance aside, Joe Russo elaborated on their plans for Cap's love life.
"That falls under the surprise in the story as well, but we can only keep Cap romantically uninvolved for so long. At some point, something has to happen with that character, so we are very aware of his lack of romantic life. We want to keep dimensionalizing his character so maybe something interesting will happen."
Rogers has not had a real love interest since the events of Captain America: The First Avenger had him meet and fall in love with Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Now separated by 70 years, this man out of time is overdue for a new relationship. The most likely candidate is Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) who appeared briefly in The Winter Soldier. It is still not known if her character is related to Peggy Carter, though it seems likely. In the comics Agent 13 was first her younger sister, and was later rewritten as her niece.
VanCamp is returning for Civil War and has identified herself as “definitely Team Captain America,” though she has not indicated there would be any sort of love affair in the works. Similarly when Scarlett Johansson, who famously portrays Natasha Romanov/Black Widow, was asked about her developing relationship with Bruce Banner/The Hulk she said, “There is little room for romance in Civil War.”
Developing romantic relationships for members of the Avengers is a smart but risky move, as we saw from the sharp fan reactions to the Romanov/Banner pairing. Regardless of viewer feedback, these characters have been working together and developing over multiple movies spanning years, and ignoring any romantic complications would not make sense. Hopefully this next film will at least let the leads continue to build on their chemistry and show some flirtation to break up the tension.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.