I’m barely over the excitement of the latest ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer and now we’ve got the official synopsis of the next major Avengers’ film in the Marvel Studios’ universe – ‘Captain America: Civil War.’
Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
Looks like everything is going largely according to the comic book. If you’ve read Civil War, you can probably piece this all together yourself, as it seems it’s going to follow the comic storyline relatively well, but adapted for the cinematic universe. So we’ll be seeing Captain America and Iron Man fighting it out, but keep in mind, Daniel Brühl was cast as Baron Zemo as well, so how will he play into all of this?
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.
And for fun, I figured why not size up the teams and who will be aligning with Cap and who sides with Iron Man.
Black Panther – The unknown element and king of Wakanda is definitely going to be forced to choose a side, but will he opt for the government regulatory side or the faction that believes a hero’s identity and mission should be their own to decide? Like the comic, have to see Panther choosing the side of freedom and lay the groundwork for his importance to the Avengers overall if the film stays accurate to ‘Civil War’s’ ending. Verdict: Team Captain America
Black Widow – Even though she teamed with Captain America in “Winter Soldier,” Natasha respects order and authority and as one of the few non-powered members of the team she knows firsthand the damage can be wrought by superheroes. While she may be conflicted, she’ll likely side with the regulation. Verdict: Team Iron Man
Falcon – Where Cap goes, so too does Falcon. His loyalty to Steve Rogers is unquestioned and when the battle lines are drawn he won’t be far away from his shield-slinging pal. Verdict: Team Captain America
Hawkeye – A loyal member of SHIELD despite his Avenger status, Hawkeye in the movie universe isn’t one to buck against orders and Stark can always enhance his arrows to allow him to be even more formidable against the opposition. Verdict: Team Iron Man
Hulk – Stark and Bruce Banner are pretty much BFFs in the MCU and there’s a sense that Black Widow is a calming influence on Hulk even at his most berserk. And if anyone knows the problems that arise from an out of control hero, it’s Banner. That equals bad news for Cap’s team as Hulk will definitely smash their forces if they threaten Iron Man. Verdict: Team Iron Man
Iron Patriot – Like Falcon there’s little chance, Rhodey turns against his close friend, which could lead to an interesting aerial battle between Falcon and Iron Patriot. Verdict: Team Iron Man
Thor – If the trailer showing the Asgardian grabbing Tony Stark by the neck doesn’t give enough indication, consider Loki conjured an image of Captain America when taunting his half-brother, not Iron Man perhaps realizing Thor respects Captain America’s leadership and fighting ability more than Stark’s suit of armor. Verdict: Team Captain America
Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch – It appears the twins will be initially be under Ultron’s sway before joining the Avengers. As former villains linked to the enemy that sparks Civil War, it’s hard to imagine them doing anything to shine attention to their past and risk being put back in captivity even if in their hearts they agree with Captain America. Verdict: Team Iron Man
Spider-Man – Spidey joins the MCU at its most cataclysmic time as the Avengers Disassemble. Like the comic, movie Peter is likely to start on Iron Man’s side, before realizing Captain America is fighting for personal freedom not a regulated superhero initiative. Verdict: Team Captain America
Winter Soldier – The wild card. Bucky is used to following orders without question and still is unsure what to make of Captain America. Could an outside force — namely Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo — convince Bucky that Captain America is his enemy again? Doubtful, even if it’s right at the end, Bucky will have Cap’s back. Verdict: Team Captain America