Civil War is coming and it is coming quickly. May 6, 2016, may be a year away but it’ll be here before you know it. Most of the general public has no idea what will happen during the next big screen outing for Marvel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, but thanks to a new unofficial synopsis for Captain America: Civil War, we may now have some information as to where the cards will fall once Age of Ultron has come and gone.
As comic book fans know, Civil War was a game changing story arc that completely divided the superhuman community, not to mention the world. With Iron Man on one side of the cause and Captain America on the other, our favorite superheroes expressed opposing views when it came to the Superhuman Registration Act, and each chose a side on which to fight. If the unofficial synopsis that is making the rounds is correct, it looks like the big screen adaptation may not stray too far from its source material:
Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
In the original Civil War storyline, public outrage against superhumans is at an all-time high, thanks to Hulk’s latest outburst in Vegas, claiming the life of dozens of people, and a tragic misstep by the New Warriors. Once the government begins implementing mandatory registration for superhumans, Tony Stark decides to join the fight for registration, while Captain America stands for the continued anonymity of the world’s superheroes, insisting that registration would simply provide a target list for those who wish to do them harm. Robert Downey Jr., who plays Stark in the Marvel films, recently shared his thoughts with Collider about the new direction that Iron Man will be taking in Civil War:
“It’s natural to change your views…The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”
While audiences may not see many of the original plot points that launched Civil War on the page, chances are great that the fights and alliances will likely remain intact. Especially now, considering Spider-Man is joining the cast, and the pivotal role that Spidey plays in in the war.
Marvel is more than a bit ambitious in their attempt to bring Civil War to the big screen. The story is huge but, luckily, many of the characters for which Marvel no longer holds screen rights are not key players in the story, so it does make it a bit easier to believe that the movie will be up to the standards that the House of Ideas has set for themselves. That being said, imagining the entire Civil War storyline effectively being carried out through the length of one film is a bit tough. This is the type of event that should be spread out over a few films before providing resolution but, perhaps, this is Marvel’s ultimate plan, and we may see the fallout from Civil War carried through each of Marvel’s Phase 3 films.
According to Collider, shooting for Captain America: Civil War begins on April 1. If you are in Lafeyette County, GA, and want a chance to get in on the action, you can find the casting call here. Good luck!
Are you Pro-Registration? What could happen to make Stark change his position on the Act?