Captain America: Civil War is set to be the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and looks more and more like a third installment in The Avengers franchise, as opposed to a pure Captain America sequel. The cast is huge and will feature many of the superheroes and characters that have previously appeared in the MCU, including the introduction of Black Panther and Spider-Man.
YouTuber Mr. Sunday Movies, an editor for ComicBookMovie.com and co-host of the ‘Weekly Planet’ podcast, has uploaded a video (embedded above) revealing concept art for Civil War and confirming the rumored teams of superheroes that would be joining the fight. For those unaware, Civil War will be based on the comic book storyline of the same name in which Captain America and Iron Man take opposite sides of the ‘Superhero Registration Act’ that would require all superheroes to register their identities with the United States government. Given that there aren’t many secret identities in the MCU, the movie likely takes a different approach to superhero registration.
SPOILER ALERT if you don’t want to know what teams each superhero is going to join. Although, it’s safe to say these teams will be the major marketing force leading up to the release of the movie.
Team Captain America
– Captain America
– Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
– The Falcon
– Sharon Carter
Team Iron Man
– Iron Man
– War Machine
– Black Widow
– The Vision
– Black Panther
In addition to these announced teams, it will be interesting to see what characters like Spider-Man, the Scarlet Witch, and the Hulk (if he appears) will be doing in the movie. However, these announced teams are very interesting in and of themselves, and here are some things to think about…
First, the Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan) joining Captain America’s team has been rumored since the movie was first announced but it’s not clear how this happens or how long into the movie this happens. The end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier suggested that this sequel (pre-Civil War) would focus on Cap and Falcon conducting a search for the Winter Soldier in hopes of reminding Bucky of his past brotherhood with Captain Rogers. Given that this news has broken and is spreading like wildfire, and despite the fact that Robert Downey Jr. said that ‘ultimately, [Civil War] is Steve’s story’, it’s hard to see the Bucky search being a primary aspect of the story.
Second, the introduction of Black Panther, as played by Chadwick Boseman, is something MCU fans have been waiting for with high hopes and expectations, especially since Marvel released concept art for the character last year. Black Panther’s fictional home country of Wakanda and primary villain Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) were referenced and seen, respectively, in Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s rumored that the Winter Soldier plays a huge factor in Black Panther’s past. Black Panther being on Iron Man’s team to go against the Winter Soldier makes sense if those rumors turn out to be true.
Black Widow (portrayed by Scarlett Johansson) has been heavily involved in stories with both Iron Man and Captain America, so it will be interesting to see why she is on Iron Man’s team. She has a dark past that has been hinted at on multiple occasions in the MCU, but never fully explored. Maybe her past and the fact that she uploaded all of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secrets (including her own) for all the world to see in Captain America: The Winter Soldier will factor into her decision… or maybe she’ll be acting as a double agent.
The other characters fall in line with what team they are expected to be on, (including Ant-Man who had a fight scene with the Falcon in his movie) and bringing back Sharon Carter (a/k/a Agent 13) in a seemingly bigger role begs questions about the involvement of other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents like Maria Hill, Nick Fury, and maybe even the characters from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV show.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016, and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Sebasitan Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, and the introduction of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
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