Monday, October 13, 2014

Marvel Bringing Civil War to the MCU

Yep...Marvel Studios will bring Civil War, one of it's largest and most successful comic events to the big screen, over the course of Phase 3, beginning with the third Captain America film in 2016.
In what may be the biggest news to date concerning the MCU, Variety has delivered a huge exclusive reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is in the final stages of negotiating a new deal that would see him join the third Captain America film to kick off the on-screen version of Civil War, a comic-book crossover event from 2006 that saw heroes face-off against each other over the Superhero Registration Act which required all heroes to reveal their true identities and register with the government. While Tony Stark sided with the government, Steve Rogers vehemently protested and became a fugitive, taking a loyal band of heroes underground to fight for their privacy.

Variety reports that while Downey's contract originally only included one more film (Avengers 3) as Iron Man, the actor was very interested to stay on in the role as long as he continued to be more than a bit player, something that this arc will ensure. While there were some creative differences between Studio executives and Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige that almost led to rewrites of the Captain America 3 script, Feige's intense belief in his vision for the MCU kept negotiations alive and allowed for the deal to be reached.

While we don't know all the events that will transpire in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's clear that several of the Avengers will likely not be happy with Stark in the aftermath of the destruction wrought by his creation, Ultron. It's interesting to note that Variety's report mentions that the 3rd Captain America film is only going to be the beginning of the Civil War story line, giving Marvel time to introduce a slew of new characters both in the films and via their TV series, such as Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, all characters who had roles in the comic book event.

Interestingly enough, the onset of the Civil War story arc lines up nicely with some of the other rumors we've seen lately surrounding the future of the MCU. First of all, the recent rumors of Marvel negotiating with Sony over the rights to Spider-Man seem to be validated. Spider-Man is at the very core of the Superhero Registration Act war. While he originally sides with Tony Stark, Peter Parker switches sides and joins up with Rogers' underground movement. While Marvel could use another character in Parker's place, Spider-Man's arc in the story is a classic one and would be a great way to add him to the MCU.

Another character who is of great importance to the Civil War by his absence is The Hulk. It just so happens that while the Civil War is going on, Hulk is busy kicking ass in space as a gladiator during the Planet Hulk story. While Marvel has long-denied they'd pick up this story, savvy readers should know by now that denials from studios do NOT mean the truth is being told.

The aftermath of the Civil War saw several interesting turns and 2 teams of Avengers formed. While Tony Stark went on to become the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he also sets up a team of Avengers. Meanwhile, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange and Clint Barton set up shop as an underground team of New Avengers. And what of Captain America following the Civil War...well, my friends, I've been telling you this for a VERY LONG time...

There's much more to be said about this story line and it's MAJOR repercussions for the MCU, but for now get out and read Mark Millar's Civil War series and let your mind go wild about how Marvel will move all the pieces on the board to set up what could easily be one of the biggest grossing films of all time...Avenger vs. Avenger!