After 2 weeks of rumors, Marvel Studios confirmed fanboy's best dreams as they officially announced they are adapting their famous Civil War story. On May 6, 2016 Tony Stark and Steve Rogers will face off in Captain America: Civil War!
I'll be honest and tell you this was THE big announcement I expected today. Not in my wildest dreams did I think Marvel would reveal the entire Phase 3 slate and I've never been happier to have been so short-sighted.
While Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige cruelly teased the fans at the special event by initially revealing the title as Captain America: Serpent Society and then abruptly moving on, he came around at the end and revealed that the heroes of the MCU will go to war with each other (check out the video below which is a scene from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron which shows the seeds of the the Civil War being planted as Stark and Rogers dispute the merits of what they do:
It certainly seems that Devin Faraci of Badass Digest hit the nail squarely on the head with his description of how Marvel would be adapting the classic crossover event to the big screen. With the lack of the superhero trope of "secret identities" in the MCU, Feige explained how the divide between Stark and Rogers will grow:
The highlight, to me, is below:
It's not about the secret identity thing as much as it is about overall who reports to who and who can agree to an oversight. Because of now, in Avengers 2, there is no more Security Council, obviously there is no more S.H.I.E.L.D. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that make governments began to question that.Captain America: Civil War is likely to pick up right where Avengers: Age of Ultron leaves off and, according to Feige, that'll be with a very different team of Avengers. It's expected that Stark, driven by guilt over the destruction caused by his creation (Ultron) will leave the team and that Captain America will assemble his own squad comprised of a mix of heroes from the different films. It's a given that Anthony Mackie's Falcon will be on his squad and reappear in Captain America: Civil War. It's also worth doing some thinking about how Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier and Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, along with Emily Van Camp and Frank Grillo returning in their respective roles as Sharon Carter/Agent 13 and Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, will come into play. All things being equal, the MCU version of Civil War will be fought under a very different set of circumstances than the comic book version; however, many people are jumping on the bandwagon that this film might see the end of Steve Rogers reign as Captain America.
While many fans were hoping to hear Feige announce that Marvel had worked out a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man home to fight in the Civil War, it doesn't seem that's the case...yet. When asked directly about the rumors, Feige responded, "Anything that wasn’t specifically and obviously revealed today is either not true at all, or still rumor until it’s worked out." You go ahead and read into that how you want, but I know that with all this smoke around this topic, there will eventually be some sort of fire.
Captain America: Civil War will kick off Marvel's Phase 3 on May 6, 2016.