During Marvel Studios’ epic event yesterday at Los Angeles’ El Capitan Theater, studio president Kevin Feige announced the company’s current line-up of upcoming films, including several new franchises such as ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Inhumans’, and ‘Black Panther’. But after many monumental revelations, the festivities ended by discussing the movie that begins Phase Three, which features a certain Star-Spangled Avenger and a seminal (and in some cases polarizing) Marvel Comics crossover.
Teased earlier in the day as ‘Captain America: The Serpent Society’ (which can be seen in the picture above), the third solo feature film starring Chris Evans as the super soldier Steve Rogers will actually be called ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ Speculation from about two weeks ago hinted that this would be the direction that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be taking when Robert Downey Jr. reportedly joined the cast to participate in an adaptation of the 2006 comic event, but now those reports have been confirmed.
For those unfamiliar with the storyline, writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven craft a brother versus brother tale that finds friends and allies on opposite sides of the Superhuman Registration Act, a U.S. government-issued decree that required masked heroes to be regulated and reveal their secret identities to the proper authorities. However, things would have to change in the MCU considering that the secret identities of the Avengers are public knowledge thanks to Black Widow’s actions at the end of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, there is very liberal use of masks and aliases in this universe, and many of the key players such as Spider-Man and the X-Men are unavailable.
So how will things change when the story makes the jump from the page to the big screen? Feige briefly touched on that during the press Q&A following the schedule announcement. According to /Film, who was in attendance at the El Capitan, the Marvel executive made some comments that addressed the changes that are going to be made to make this story work:
“It’s not about the secret identity thing, as much as it is about, overall, who reports to who, and who can agree to oversight committee. Because as of now, in ‘Avengers 2’, there is no more security council, there is no S.H.I.E.L.D., obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that will make governments begin to question.”
To hear everything that he had to say about the logistics of ‘Civil War’, check out the video below:
Even before he mentioned these details, I had a feeling that this was what Feige was going to say. With a team as powerful as the Avengers running around, it’s easy to see how governments of the world could be worried to see them unsupervised, which is something that could play into the themes of ‘Civil War’ very well. But now the question remains whether the movie version will end the same way as the comic. (SPOILER ALERT: Captain America dies.) Hopefully we’ll find out more as the film moves ever closer to production. Until then, share your thoughts and theories in the comments about the first film in Marvel’s Phase Three.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits theaters on May 6, 2016.