So in case you haven’t heard, Variety has reported that Captain America 3 will begin the cinematic Civil War storyline, which will greatly impact the Marvel cinematic universe moving forward. Proving once again that the people at Marvel Studios know what they’re doing, this story is a fantastic way to keep the universe fresh, and to continue the progression of the universe. The classic formula of superhero meets bad guy, superhero beats bad guy is beginning to wear thin. Conflict between superheroes on this scale is an interesting way to not only further develop these characters, but to also further develop this universe, helping to avoid viewer fatigue.
So first let’s get into a quick summary of what the Civil War storyline is. Now I am not really a Marvel reader (sorry!) but I am aware of the basic details of the story. A new legislation is introduced for individiduals with super human abilities to come forward and reveal their secret identities and be trained. The main leader of this front is Iron Man and the main leader of the opposition is Captain America, who believes that this legislation breaches basic civil liberties (he isn’t called Captain America for no reason right??). So a split is created within the Marvel universe, with different heroes taking different sides. Spiderman for example first takes the side of Iron Man, but after a series of unfortunate events decides to join Cap’s side. Daredevil is also another player on Cap’s side so maybe (fingers crossed) we get the television Daredevil in the cinematic universe. Eventually Iron Man’s side wins the fight, and Captain America is assassinated (but don’t worry superheroes never stay dead for long).
So the plan is for Captain America 3 to be the launching pad for this massive story, with Iron Man now also going to be in Captain America 3. Basically we have a mini Avengers movie now in Captain America 3 (good thing Batman v Superman isn’t opening up on the same day as them now hey). This storyline will introduce an interesting dichotomy between Iron Man and Captain America. We already saw the difference in their approaches of being a superhero in The Avengers where tension between the two was clear. However when the concept of freedom is the main point of conflict between the two, it will definitely open up interesting character arcs that will develop a whole new layer for the characters.
This Civil War story will also keep the Marvel Cinematic Universe fresh, opening the universe to a whole bunch of new plots and characters. We could see a whole new Avengers assemble in Avengers 3 because of this movie, which is a great way to avoid viewer fatigue. The general audience will get over seeing the same characters, and the same formulaic storylines over and over again, so this type of long form narrative that branches out new story opportunities for the universe, is a great way to keep the comic book genre alive.
Me personally, I’m super excited to see the Civil War story unfold in Captain America 3, and it’s great to see that Marvel has a plan for the long term (not that I really doubted it). It will be interesting to see how this will affect future properties that come after Captain America 3, like Doctor Strange, but for right now we will have to wait to see Avengers: Age of Ultron where the building blocks for this story will be layed out.
So are you excited for the Civil War story to unfold in Captain America 3? Let me know!
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