In case you have been living under a rock, Marvel Comics has been heavily promoting their Civil War II comic event. This is the follow up to the original Civil War crossover which Captain America: Civil War is loosely based off of. This time, instead of Iron Man Vs Captain America, it is Iron Man vs Captain Marvel. Instead of a Superhuman Registration Act, the conflict is over a new super-powered Inhuman who has the ability to predict the future (including future crimes). Captain Marvel wants the new Inhuman to be able to profile future crimes and attacks before they happen, and Iron Man against it with the argument that people shouldn’t be punished before a crime is committed. Think Minority Report, but with Marvel’s superheroes.
WARNING: OBVIOUS SPOILERS BELOW
Once again battle lines are drawn for this new conflict. On Team Iron Man, we have Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor, Black Panther, Star-Lord, Luke Cage, Hercules, Miss America, Daredevil, Black Widow, The Hulk (Amadeus Cho), and Deadpool. On Team Captain Marvel, we have Captain America (Steve Rogers), War Machine, Spider-Man, Vision, Medusa, Blue Marvel, The Winter Soldier, Spectrum, She-Hulk, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man.
It has been heavily promoted that during this comic run, a fan favorite character would meet their demise during this conflict. Now that Civil War II #1 has been release, we now know who the dearly departed character is:
During a confrontation with Thanos, James “Rhodey Rhodes (War Machine) met his end. Another possible casualty from the comics is She-Hulk, who also ended up in a coma as a result of the battle with Thanos.
Coming off of the bombshell that Captain America has always been a Hydra agent, it’s clear the “All New” Marvel is shaking things up. War Machine has recently taken a more high profile due to his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his portrayal by actor Don Cheadle. Although in the film, War Machine is currently paralyzed and on the road to recovery, it’s safe to assume that he won’t be dying in the movies too soon.
There are some who view the killing of Rhodey as problematic since he is one of the few high-profile black superheroes within Marvel Comics, and in addition to the death of Bill Foster (Goliath) in the original Civil War, it seems that Marvel’s black superheroes are expendable. This doesn’t seem to have been done on purpose. It seems that the decision to kill Rhodey was based on the impact that it will have on the primary characters of Civil War II: Iron Man and Captain Marvel. After all, Tony Stark and James Rhodes have been friends for decades. Rhodes and Captain Marvel are currently in a romantic relationship as well, so the death would be very impactful to the both of them,
The possibility exists for other superheroes to meet their demise during this crossover event. In addition to She-Hulk possibly flat lining in her coma during #1, issue #3’s solicitation text states “One of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe will fall.” Looks like we may have yet more doom and gloom as this story continues.
Source: Comic Book Resources