The backbone of any successful movie franchise is composed of great writers. Without a decent script to play with, the directors and producers have nothing to turn into cinematic gold (or a giant pile of crap…). Two names that are quickly becoming important in the Marvel camp are the writers of the first Captain America flick, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. In addition to The First Avenger, Markus and McFeely also penned the scripts for The Winter Soldier, Thor 2 and are currently involved in both a writing and production capacity for the new Agent Carter show. Despite all that (and working on the third Captain America movie), McFeely managed to take some time out to talk about all-things Marvel. Scroll on to hear what he had to say about Civil War and the changes it may or may not bring to Marvel’s universe.
The first thing he talked about was the way they’ll be handling the adapting of the Civil War storyline. Originally, this was a multi-comic arc that brought all of Marvel’s super heroes into the mix. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, the gist of it is that the government wants super heroes to make their identities known to the government and start working for them instead of running around like a pack of freelancers. Some heroes agree with this and other don’t. Hence the Civil War. The resulting battles changed the face of the Marvel Universe and, when it’s done on the big screen, we can expect something similar to happen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s what McFeely had to say about Civil War’s potential:
There’s a depth of myth [to the Civil War storyline]… It’s been on and off the table for a while, let’s put it that way, and it’s a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we’ve established, and everyone’s established in the MCU are serviced and sound correct, right? Because there’s a difference between the characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007. The MCU doesn’t exist [when it was written]. There isn’t a Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans who has helped create the character so we need to make sure that that template gets adjusted and what have you in order to make sure it services these characters and not just sort of rip off their parts and make them look like them.
Well, that doesn’t really say too much, other than that the powers-that-be seem unwilling to alter the cash-earning incarnations of the heroes they have created thus far. Still, the story arc is coming and if it does nothing but create an excuse for super heroes to fight super heroes (and then makes it all right again), it isn’t going to be that satisfying.
So what about the Black Panther? We know he’s showing up in his own movie and it’s been confirmed that his debut will take place in Captain America 3. Which side will he be taking and what will his place in Civil War be?
Again, McFeely answered this question, although he didn’t have much to say other than expressing satisfaction over who the studio decided to cast in the role of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman):
I’ll keep that one close to the vest, but I’m very gratified that they went with Chadwick and that he said yes because he’s a good get.
Some people have speculated that Panther will be filling in for Spider-Man as far as the story goes. Since Sony is, despite all the rumors, still refusing to let Spidey take part in Civil War, they’ll need a character that’s stuck in the middle of the conflict. And some think that the Black Panther will be that person. Then again, if Sony back-pedals on this and decides to let Spidey switch sides temporarily after all, the entire thing could change.
And one last thing – the potential for Agent Peggy Carter to somehow show up and have an effect on the Civil War storyline. When asked about that one, McFeely was just as vague as always:
As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question [of who Peggy was to Tony Stark] has been in and out all over the place so who knows. So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But we saw [Peggy] in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around.
While Agent Carter may have her own television series, she’s aged quite a bit to reach the current timeline. So we won’t likely see her running around and kicking butt. Where she does come in, however, is in that she has a connection to both Captain America and Iron Man – the two main opponents within the Civil War story. So it could be that she plays the voice of wisdom and helps bring the conflict to some sort of resolution. Again, it’s a fair bit of speculation.
So, in the end, we come out learning nothing new. I guess we’ll just have to wait until the damned movie releases. Check out Captain America: Civil War when it hits the big screen on May 6th of 2016.