There’s two big Marvel rumors today: First up is that “Captain America 3” will co-star Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Apparently it was supposed to be only a cameo, but RDJ convinced Marvel that he should have a larger role. Not to mention a $40 million paycheck and a bonus if Cap 3 earns more than “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
The other rumor is that Captain America 3 sets the stage for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s very own Civil War. You heard right, the 2006-2007 comic book event is coming to a big screen near you. For those of you who don’t know what Civil War is, here’s a quick recap:
The mini series written by Mark Millar dealt with the proposal of the Superhuman Registration Act, after which the superhero community of the Marvel universe is split in two: Those believing that superpowered individuals should be registered and trained and standing with Tony Stark, and those standing in opposition of the registration act stand with Captain America. Sounds good right? Maybe not.
The Civil War comic event was massive, and included everyone in the 616 universe. Avenger, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and every D list character you can think of. It was also notable because Tony Stark convinced Spider-Man to go public with his secret identity. There was even a Thor clone, but we really don’t have to talk about that episode.
The point is, Marvel had a ton of characters to work with. Iron Man and Captain America had dozens of people on their side. If I remember correctly, even villains chose sides.But in the Marvel Cinematic Universe there are what, seven members of the Avengers (if you count Iron Patriot and The Falcon). There;s twelve heroes if you toss in the Guardians of the Galaxy. Ant-Man and Doctor Strange would make fourteen. And who knows if Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will stick around.
Even if you have eight characters on each side, the Civil War scenario doesn’t work. Remember that Tony Stark went public in the first “Iron Man.” The goverment already knows who Black Widow is because she testified before congress in The Winter Soldier. And S.H.I.E.L.D.is aware of other heroe’s identities. In other words, Superhuman Registration Act would have little effect in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In order for Civil War to work, Marvel is gonna have to add a ton of new characters in 2015, and I don’t see how they can do it. So the event may be called Civil War, but I think some things will have to change from the comic.