The film that made Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice blink and change its release date, Captain America: Civil War, is all set to be one of Marvel’s biggest movies ever. Indeed, it’s got the biggest cast of any non-Avengers Marvel movie ever seen.
You’ll see Chris Evans’ Cap and Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man at the centre of a feud that includes Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Paul Bettany’s The Vision, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, as well as two newcomers in the shape of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
With all of those folks crammed into a film that promises to be both a Winter Soldier sequel and as superhero showdown on an epic scale, there’s sure to be a lot going on in Civil War. Here’s our primer, then – everything you need to expect…
Good question – just why are the Avengers, established brothers and sisters in arms, at each other’s throats? Well, there are plenty of clues out there regarding that one. The biggest of these come from the comics, namely Mark Millar’s Civil War run that has inspired the film.
In the comics, a reality TV show about a group of young superheroes – the New Warriors – goes badly wrong. This leads to the supervillain Nitro causing an explosion in Stamford, Connecticut, that claims 600 lives – including an entire elementary school.
Naturally, the government cracks down on unsupervised superheroics following this tragedy and demands that the vigilantes of the Marvel universe unmask themselves and submit for training and surveillance from the government. This decision splits the superhero community in two, with some heroes (led by Tony Stark) making a stand against secret identities while others (led by Steve Rogers) believe that heroes should be allowed privacy. Fisticuffs ensue.
In the film, we’ll likely see similar beats play out but with different names and places subbed in. The post credits sting from Ant-Man suggests that Cap and Falcon will be leading the underground resistance to the government controls.
Cap is trying to hide Bucky, with Ant-Man’s help, from the outside world. Perhaps, then, Bucky will be involved in the film’s equivalent of the Stamford incident, causing damage in the public eye and forcing the government into action. Steve Rogers mentions the ‘accords,’ and that they might not allow Tony Stark to help. ‘Accords’ sounds like a government group – with Iron Man on their side – to us.
The inciting incident – whether caused by Bucky or not – will split the Avengers down the middle, with two teams forming. Here’s some concept art that reveals who might be teaming with who…