One of my favorite comic book events of all time has to be Marvel’s Civil War, so you can imagine my excitement when Marvel Studios announced that it would be bringing this storyline to the big screen. Coming in 2016, Captain America: Civil War will feature an iconic clash between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, turning friends into enemies, and pitting the Avengers against each other.
Speaking of which, we’ll be discussing the Superhero Registration Act later on today on our Skype debate. Just add “AP2HYC” to your Skype contacts and join our group chat at 5pm GMT / 12pm EST to join in!
Anyway, back to what I was saying. Discussion amongst fans has consisted of questions about the film and whether it will be a faithful adaptation. No book-to-movie transition is ever perfect, but Marvel has done a fairly decent job at churning out accurate films while still remaining original. As for now, Civil War looks like it will be taking its own path and straying from the comics. However, even with these drastic changes, we hope that these six iconic moments remain in the adaptation.
Warning: If you have not read Civil War, you may want to stop here. There are MAJOR spoilers ahead regarding the end of the story and possibly the film.
6. The Stamford Incident
Civil War is the product of a chain of events caused by the clash of superheroes and supervillains in Stamford, Connecticut. During the taping of a superhero reality show that centers on a group of vigilantes taking down villains, a man named Nitro blows himself up along with an entire city block, leading to the death of hundreds of people, including a bunch of children. The public is tired of the collateral damage caused by the heroes and demands that they take responsibility for their actions. This culminates in Tony Stark spearheading the passing of the Superhuman Registration Act.
My guess is that this Registration Act will be passed after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron due to the damage caused by Ultron, which is indirectly Stark’s fault. But I would still like to see some tribute to the Stamford Incident. Maybe one of the battles between the Avengers and Ultron’s drones causes an explosion that blows up a city block and leads to massive casualties? I want to see real damage happen that would act as a catalyst for the passing of the Registration Act and thus the outbreak of the Civil War.
5. The Secret (Outlaw) Avengers
The two sides of the Civil War are Iron Man’s Pro-Registration heroes and Captain America’s Anti-Registration vigilantes. Because he becomes an enemy to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government, Cap goes underground with his team and carries out heroic deeds in secret. This group, unofficially dubbed the Secret Avengers, consists of Daredevil, Hercules, Goliath, Vision, Black Panther, and many more.
The issue with showing these Secret Avengers is that most of them haven’t been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Out of the main team members, only a handful such as Daredevil and Falcon exist in the MCU so far, and it seems unlikely any of the other Netflix Defenders will appear since Civil War is already filming. Members like Invisible Woman and Namor the Sub-Mariner are highly unlikely to appear because of film rights. Despite all this, I want to see Captain leading some type of group as his resistance movement, whether it only be two heroes, or twenty.
4. The Big Superhero Battle
There are two huge battles that occur throughout Civil War. The first battle occurs when Iron Man tricks the Secret Avengers into answering a response call and then ambushes them with his pro-registration forces. The second battle happens towards the end of Civil War and features larger forces clashing together across several locations.
Once again, we run into the problem concerning the amount of heroes in the MCU. We have roughly a dozen heroes introduced into the movie canon thus far, meaning that we won’t exactly get a huge brawl – more like a tiny skirmish. It’ll be difficult to smoothly increase the amount of heroes in time for Civil War because Marvel Studios has a habit of developing each character before throwing them into a group mix. In comic books, you often have several issues to do this, but you don’t have that luxury in film. Marvel will have to find a way to throw in an entire army of heroes by next year, which seems impossible. We can still hope that they do the big culminating battle justice even without an army of superheroes at the ready.