As we have well documented here at Nerd Lowdown, Captain America: Civil War is a film that is going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a big way. The film is set to divide Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in half and see them face off against each other. We have recently learned of who is on what team in the film, and now we have learned what direction the Superhero vs Superhero movie may take.
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War comic book relied heavily on the idea of secret identities to drive its story. The movie Captain America: Civil War however, according to speculation by BirthMoviesDeath, may shift focus from this. The film could focus more on the idea of the government looking to seek control over superheroes and who to hold accountable for all the destruction that has happened in recent years. It’s a difference that’s extremely obvious when you take into the account that very few characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have secret identities to begin with, of the heroes we have seen so far, Ant-Man seems to be the only one with a secret identity. However this could be extended also to Daredevil and furthermore to Black Panther who will be showing up in Civil War.
You don’t need the theme of secret identities to drive the Registration Act, one could have happened anyway. The idea that anyone who wants to be a superhero has to register, then is trained by and carefully watch by the Government. This could easily be a reason to bring in a Registration Act. This idea isn’t what the film is about either, what they are going for instead is the idea of the “Accords” scattered across the world. With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed (lets not forget, no one know’s the Coulson is still alive let alone has a small team and is reforming S.H.I.E.L.D.) Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are essentially without anyone to answer to, and therefore without consequence.
So in this movie, we will see Iron Man (Tony Stark) and his team saying that Superheroes should register and cooperate with the Government, let the Government say how the Avengers operate, so that they won’t been seen as a threat, that they could be used as an ally. Whereas Captain America (Steve Rogers) and his team will fight for the idea that Superheroes should not register as the Government could limit the ability the Avengers have to do good and protect those in need.
The divide that will make its way through the Marvel Cinematic Universe is mainly between Tony and Steve, with other heroes standing up for which side they believe in. On one side we have Tony, who wants to protect the world and to accept responsibility for what he’s done wrong (the vision he had in Age of Ultron seemed to have a huge effect on Stark) and Steve witnessed what can happen when the Government or authority figures have too much insight (look what happened with S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)and that could have caused a global catastrophe and wide-spread loss of life.
So the film may not follow the comics to the point, it won’t be about secret identities, instead it will be about government control and how much freedom those who swear to protect the earth have.
What do you guys think of the direction the might film be taking? Should it have stuck closer to the comics? Is this the best route to take? let us know in the comments section.