If you haven’t heard this week, Marvel pretty much blew the minds of fans everywhere. They announced that Captain America 3 as well as possibly Avengers 3 will adapt the massively popular Civil War story line. This is huge for a couple of reasons.
1. I thought Robert Downey Jr.’s contract ended with Age Of Ultron?
The two central characters in this story line are Captain America and Iron Man. If you didn’t know, Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel was supposed to end with Avengers 3. Last week it seemed RDJ had decided to troll fans everywhere by first confirming Iron Man 4, then stating only if Mel Gibson would direct, then stating he was in talks about other Marvel projects, until finally the news broke about the latest deal. This is huge since RDJ has received a massive pay out from films in the past making Marvel hesitant about renegotiating. This led to rumors about recasting Iron Man or even ending the character altogether. Thankfully, for the sake of fans everywhere it seems they were able to reach some form of agreement.
2. Why won’t all the Marvel heroes appear in this film?
The original story line in the comics was a massive crossover event involving every superhero in the Marvel Universe. It brought about the question of whether or not superheroes should forego their secret identities and be public agents or if their personal rights were more important. The issue that the original story holds is the fact that other pivotal characters involved are not able to appear in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). These characters include Spider-man (Owned by Sony), The X-men (Fox), and The Fantastic Four (Fox). While studios are somewhat open to the idea of sharing characters it would be a miracle for this to actually happen. It appears that true to the original story, Captain America and Iron Man will represent the two sides. Captain America is anti-public registration and Iron Man is pro-registration. They will each form their own teams and face off. Captain America 3 will establish Captain America’s team with the two teams facing off in Avengers 3. Avengers 4 would be most likely where Thanos takes advantage of a weakened and vulnerable Earth to strike.
3. What’s going to happen between Captain America 3 and Avengers 4?
The films from Captain America 3 through Avengers 4 would deal with the fall out of having such divided heroes. Not to mention that (spoiler warning!) in the comics Captain America is killed directly after Civil War and that their is a secret invasion from an alien force due to the weakened state of the worlds superhero force (end spoiler). This whole arc would be kick started in Avengers: Age Of Ultron where we know that the Avengers are going to be facing their most deadly villain in more ways than one.
4. Doesn’t Civil War deal with secret identities?
Another deviation is that for now in the MCU, there are no secret identities. Everyone know’s the Avengers secrets except for possibly who the Hulk is under the green skin. So, what would the central conflict be about? Most likely something very similar to the conflict in the Winter Soldier. There you saw how Captain America was so against the new project Insight and how sacrificing freedom for protection was not the way to go. This will probably rehashed with Iron Man filling in for Nick Fury.
5. Can Marvel really pull this off?
What this means overall is that Avengers 4 will simply be massive. Having both Cap’s and Iron Man’s teams as well as possibly the Guardians of the Galaxy facing off against Thanos. All of this just proves that Marvel is willing to think outside of the box. Where most studios would be stingy about offering RDJ more money, they stepped up to the plate. Where certain other 2 letter comic studios are looking for the instant pay off, Marvel is taking the time to build the characters. From my humble vantage point, I see Marvel Studios as a company that was created by fans because they wanted to see their favorite characters be brought to the screen as faithfully as possible. Some might say that they’re are too many superhero movies, even RDJ said something similar. They might be right, however that is not Marvel’s fault. Out of all the studios, Marvel is doing it right where money may be the motivator but it is not the bottom line.
With all this, be sure to expect Marvel to drop even more major news in the following weeks.