Official concept art for Captain America: Civil War was released a few days ago and boy, did those images get the wheels in my head turning! Specifically, the images revealed which of the heroes/Avengers sided with Steve Rogers and which ones sided with Tony Stark.
After the buzz that the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad generated, I’m glad to see something get released that would get people to start talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe again. To contribute to the discussions and/or speculations, I’d like to share several of my initial thoughts and questions that these images brought about.
SPOILER ALERT!!! I’ll be talking about plot points and details from Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. If you haven’t seen any of those movies and don’t want to be spoiled, you should stop reading. Also, if you want to walk into Captain America: Civil War with completely fresh eyes, you should leave because I’m also going to speculate on what could happen in the movie.
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I can see why this is a Captain America movie and not an Avengers movie. Just look at Cap’s team – the only Avengers that sided with him are Hawkeye (who retired from Avengers duty at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Falcon (who was Cap’s friend and partner/sidekick before he joined the Avengers). This is Captain America and friends versus the Avengers.
Ant-Man and Hawkeye! Does that mean we’re going to see this in live action?
How big of a role is Sharon Carter, A.K.A. Agent 13, going to play? She’s not exactly superhuman, and she’s not exactly Black Widow. I hope Emily VanCamp has more to do in this film than in Captain America: Winter Soldier.
Is that… Redwing? Looks like Falcon’s pet sidekick is mechanical in this universe. My biggest concern is whether that’s Starktech (which will cause problems down the line for Cap’s group) or something else. Or maybe Ant-Man will get his hands on it later on.
I wish Bucky kept wearing some sort of mask. Seeing him bare-faced like that just feels off. I hope they change their minds and have him wear something like this.
That Falcon cameo appearance in Ant-Man turned out to be more than it was, huh? If that scene was one of the reasons why Edgar Wright left, I’m for it. Great setup to get Ant-Man involved in this film, because now it feels natural for Cap to enlist Scott Lang’s assistance.
Why is Hawkeye in this team? Everyone else makes sense, but not Barton, who was a long-time SHIELD special op. I think something in the movie will get Hawkeye to choose Captain America’s side.
Who’s going to stop the Vision? The teams are horribly unbalanced in Stark’s favor, and that’s all due to the Mind Gem-powered android. The only other Avenger who’s going to show up in the film and be able to match up against the Vision isn’t in these teams. We’ll get to that hero later on.
Why is Black Widow on Iron Man’s side? Hawkeye and Black Widow have been portrayed as long-time friends and allies, and after everything Cap and Widow have gone through in Captain America: Winter Soldier, you’d think that she’d be on Cap’s side. SHIELD was, after all, infiltrated by Hydra, so why would Widow side with the pro-registration team? Now that I think about it… it’s either she really can’t find it in her to work with the Winter Soldier, or she’s serving as Cap’s mole in Iron Man’s team. Either one makes a lot of sense, and with the unbalanced teams, I think Cap needs an ace up his sleeve – Black Widow could be that.
It makes sense why everyone else is here. We’ve already seen how Tony Stark change from being anti-authority to accepting the responsibility of protecting the world. War Machine has always been a government guy. The Vision is all about keeping things in order. And Black Panther? His country got trampled on by a mind-controlled Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron – of course he wants to hold superpowered beings accountable for their actions.
Where is Scarlet Witch? Elizabeth Olsen is part of the cast of Captain America: Civil War. I was expecting her to side with Cap given their rapport in Avengers: Age of Ultron and her anger at Stark. I was also expecting her to match up against the Vision and maybe see them become the couple that they were in comic books. But she’s not in any of the teams. What is her role in this movie?
Spider-Man is not in the concept art. Different rumors have suggested that Spider-Man will make more than just a cameo appearance in this film. And part of Tom Holland’s (the newest actor to take on the Spider-Man role) auditions were scenes with Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. so I expected him to interact with both Iron Man and Captain America. Maybe his role in the film is really small. Or maybe he’s going to change sides in the movie, just like what he did in the original Civil War comic book storyline.
This is not going to be the same with the comic book version of Civil War. People sometimes ask me, after I’ve seen a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, if the movie was anything like the comic book. No, of course not. Comic book adaptations are not like book adaptations. Books are short compared to comic books, and have a smaller scope in terms of continuity. Captain America: Civil War will not be anything like the comic book version of Civil War because the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not the same with the Marvel Universe. Too many characters are missing to do a one-for-one adaptation. Stop expecting the films to be like the comic books.
And there you have it, my initial reactions to the released concept art. Like I said earlier, I’m glad something like this came out because it gives comic book fans something to talk about again. I can’t wait for the first trailers to be released.
What do you think about each of the Civil War teams? Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know what you think and leave a comment below!