2015 is going to be a big year for "event" movies, and Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron is naturally going to be one of the biggest. Still, 2016's Captain America: Civil War is expected to be a massive game-changer within the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond the level of its franchise predecessor, The Winter Soldier.
The Marvel Civil War comic book storyline is still one of the most popular event books of the past decade - despite plenty of criticisms - pitting one half of the Marvel Universe (led by Iron Man) against the other (led by Captain America).
The main series was written by Mark Millar, the creator of Wanted, Kick-Ass, Nemesis, and the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service. Millar is as famous for his violent original titles as he is for his seminal work for both Marvel and DC, such as Old Man Logan and Superman: Red Son. He has been serving as an adviser Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four universe, but what of his thoughts on what Marvel and Disney have planned?
"They’re a money machine, they’re amazing. Whatever they do is gonna be a billion dollar movie and it’ll be great. You know as a fanboy I grew up, since I was 4 or 5 I planned to be Spider-Man. Even now I still think it’s possible! I couldn’t be more relaxed about it. Almost any other studio could screw it up. I’ll just show up on the night and enjoy the film."
Millar's confidence in Marvel bodes well for fans who might have been on the fence in light of the significant changes screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will have to make to the story. Perhaps the main difference is the inability of Marvel Studios to include Spider-Man in their MCU Civil War, even though they came close to closing a deal with Sony to include the Web-head, who is so integral to the comic book storyline.
While it's been speculated that T'Challa/Black Panther (to be played by Chadwick Boseman) could replace Spider-Man as the hero caught between Cap and Iron Man's rivalry, the character arc is likely to take its main cues from Millar's work. It's not too surprising to hear Millar's positive remarks about Marvel, but given his alignment with Fox and generally outspoken nature, his confidence in the studio ought to win over fans of the Civil War comic book who were uncertain about - or flat out against - its cinematic counterpart.
Captain America: Civil War will be released on May 6, 2016.