It was announced last week that Robert Downey Jr will most likely join Chris Evans in Captain America 3 in order to kick off the Civil War story line. Some Marvelites sobbed out of fear; some of us sobbed out of joy. Yeah, we are a bit masochistic but allow me to explain why I find Civil War to be the best move from Marvel.
Civil War is a seven-issue series written by Mark Millar (creator of Kick-Ass) back in 2006. The story revolves around the Superhuman Registration Act, a legislative bill that required the mandatory registration of any person with superpowers, dividing the Marvel universe in two: those who are pro-registration, and those who are anti-registration.
“What’s so important about that?” Well, my friends, please form a line, hold hands and follow me.
The important thing to know about the Civil War story line, aside from the crossover with multiple teams and characters from the Marvel universe, is that it’s the big battle between Iron Man and Captain America.
Iron Man is the leader of the pro-registration side, which includes Mr. Fantastic and Henry Pym (Ant-Man). Their argument is that it is reasonable for heroes to have proper training and oversight.
The anti-registration side is led by Captain America, with Luke Cage (Power Man) and Falcon on his side. They argue that heroes need secrecy in order to protect the “normal” aspects of their lives (such as their families) and to allow them to act when the ordinary emergency services can’t handle the threat… which seems to happen quite often.
Long story short, this leads to a battle between Cap and Iron Man, with Captain America being held back by several ordinary emergency service personnel from delivering a finishing blow to a nearly defeated Iron Man. Cap is imprisoned and apparently shot to death by Crossbones and a hypnotised Sharon Carter.
Oh the feels! Can you see why a part of the fandom was dreading this choice?
But let’s focus on the cool side of this decision: crossovers. Yes! Because Civil War brings together Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, New Avengers (Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, etc), New Warriors, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, etc. This opens the possibility of Marvel making more films, new franchises and maybe even bringing Spider-Man back home. This makes sense if we remember all those rumours flying around that Spider-Man might be joining the Avengers on the big screen in a future.
It also adds up to my hope of having a Captain Marvel solo film (please, Marvel, please make it happen!).
By this point, some of you might be thinking “ok but what will happen with Thanos, then? Will the Infinity Gauntlet story line not happen anymore?”
While I can’t give a confirmation on that, I can share with you my theory. Because you bet I have one!
I do believe Marvel will continue with their plans of following the Infinity Gauntlet story line for many, many reasons.
First off, the Guardians of the Galaxy. The MCU is connected from every single side, so as the Guardians have absolutely nothing to do with Civil War; the only link that remains between them and the rest of the cinematic universe is Thanos and the infinity gems.
Second, we’ve been teased with a lot of Thanos already and we even know all about the infinity gems by now, so it would be unfair, frustrating and overall stupid from Marvel to not continue with that story line.
If you have some time off and you sit down, relax and consider these two story lines, you will find out that they could actually merge very easily.
Infinity Gauntlet is a limited series written by Jim Starlin and continues the story from Thanos Quest: after having the six gems in his power, Thanos is finally able to mount them on the glove. Each gem grants power over one aspect of the multiverse: time, space, mind, soul, reality and power. Thanos, desperate to win the affection of Death, decides to take on a task she has given him: erase half the sentient life in the universe. The surviving heroes team up, and led by Adam Warlock, they go against Thanos.
Now, the following requires ALL of your attention and MCU memory. Ready?
First, Josh Brolin has spoken about Death being in his character’s future. One point for the theory.
Second, remember that big cocoon at the Collector’s place, which on the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy appears broken? Everything points to this being Adam Warlock’s cocoon. Another point for the theory.
How could this merge with Civil War? By now people on Earth know there’s something big and important going on in outer-space, otherwise Loki wouldn’t have come to get the Tesseract, you know? Same with the events that occurred in Thor: The Dark World, as the aether is a gem, too.
With all these catastrophic events, what Midgardians could do to maintain some order and peace includes a legislative bill that would require the mandatory registration of any person with superpowers, in order to give them some proper training and have a team ready if things go down again. They could call it the “Superhuman Registration Act.”
And maybe this could lead to the creation of two teams, each lead by an Avenger, with one in favour of the bill so they can be ready when Thanos decides to attack, and the other one opposing because they want freedom to decide when to attack.
Maybe I’m too attached to Marvel, but it’s definitely my favourite conversation topic and as you can see, I kinda-sorta love to ramble about it. But most of all, I love when other Marvelites share their theories with me!
Now it’s your turn to hit the comments or send me a tweet sharing your Marvel-feels about Civil War and Infinity Gauntlet! GO!