Welcome back Expressionists! Marvel’s Phase Two came to a close with the release of The Ant-Man. Now that Ant-Man has been introduced and Phase 2 is behind us, it’s now time to begin speculation on what’s in store in Phase 3. Civil War is the first film in Phase 3 and will kick off Remote Xpression’s speculation of Marvel’s Phase 3 slate. It’s never too early to begin speculating.
Civil War was a Marvel comicbook event that initially began in the summer of 2006. The event centered on the repercussions of a disaster that killed 60 innocent school children. The government issues the Superhuman Registration Act which essentially regulates the act of being a superhero. Of course Capt. America doesn’t agree with this measure and refuses to comply. Iron Man becomes the poster child for the new act deeming it necessary for the modern world in which they lived.
Two factions of diverging opinions emerged. Some sided with Capt., and others fell in line with Tony Stark. There was no super-villain scheme or end of the world threat. This story was about two groups of people, nay two groups of heroes with completely different views battling each other over how they should accomplish the same end goals. That was what made this event so great. Hopefully, some of that magic can translate onto the big screen in Captain America: Civil War.
Chances are the movie will be nothing like what was described above. However, let’s assume certain key plot points will be borrowed heavily from the comic event. Assumption 1, the main source of conflict is a Superhero Registration Act of some kind. Assumption 2, Tony and Steve will divide into two separate camps with varying opinions of the new government mandate. Assumption 3, a main character will be courted and swayed by both camps during the conflict. So the question becomes, who is on whose side.
Team Captain America
The Falcon: There Is no question which side The Falcon will land on. Sam Wilson idealizes Captain America and has a deep respect for his past and what he stands for. The pair has been searching for Bucky since the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I seriously doubt Sam Wilson will end up on Tony’s team when the two of them have finally achieved their objective.
The Winter Soldier: Bucky doesn’t have much of a choice in which side he will land. This man is a wanted fugitive who was instrumental in bringing SHIELD to its knees. Plus he is a former member of Hydra. He would make a useful source of information if interrogated. Judging by the bonus scene from Ant-Man, Bucky could be one of the pivotal issues that sparks the Civil War.
Ant-Man: Nothing is guaranteed yet however, the Ant-Man reveals a particular budding relationship that may provide a hint as to which side Ant-Man will join. Also, Hank Pym the mentor of Scott Lang seems to have a history with Tony’s father that left a bad taste in his mouth. I doubt Ant-Man would side with a man who his mentor has been avoiding for decades.
Black Widow: Natasha has developed quite a relationship with Capt over the past several films. I don’t see her siding with Tony in this film. Furthermore, she has had a couple of run-ins with the government regarding her shady past. I doubt she will be too warm to the idea of a Registration Act that would regulate her ability to right her wrongs.
Hawkeye: Is a ground level secret agent type of guy. He has a secret family that he hid from everyone. I doubt he will be the type of character that would like the government probing his life. However, he has been an agent of SHIELD and has essentially worked for the government the whole time. Maybe he wouldn’t be as opposed to a registration act after all. However, at this point I just can’t see Hawkeye siding with Tony.
The above material is all speculation and may or may not end up as accurate. The movie could end up completely different than the estimated questions described above. But that’s part of the fun.