Marvel is Going to Kick Things Up a Notch with a Cinematic Civil War!

Who can say if this is what will actually come to pass, but Variety is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on for a significant guest starring role in Captain America 3 in order to kick off the infamous Civil War storyline that pits superhero against superhero! The third Cap film will be titled Captain America: Civil War and will have long-reaching ramifications for future Avengers sequels and the Marvel Movieverse as a whole!

And they look like such bros in Age of Ultron!

Sounds good to me!

For those who don’t know, Civil War is a rather infamous story from the mid-00s that pitted hero against hero. The government imposed a Superhero Registration Act that sought to put an end to vigilantes by making superheroes register their secret identities with the government, turning all superheroes into government agents.

Tony Stark supports the law, Steve Rogers opposes it, leading to a civil war between two of Marvel’s biggest heroes (and probably the two biggest in the Movieverse).

This sounds like an excellent storyline for the movies considering how juicy the banter and potential rivalry could be between Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. They were already not seeing eye-to-eye in The Avengers. And considering Stark’s role in creating Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron, I bet he’d definitely be looking to make up for his mistakes by supporting such a law in the Movieverse.

So many mistakes

This would also be the perfect opportunity to debut Spider-Man into the Marvel movies. Marvel and Sony are reportedly in talks about sharing Spidey, if reports can be believed. I doubt Marvel would launch their own Spider-Man franchise, so why not make him a minor star in a Civil War-based Avengers sequel? Spidey was the face of Civil War in the comics. He was convinced by Tony Stark to reveal his secret identity to the world, only for his family to get hurt, so Spidey switched sides and joined Cap’s rebellion.

A Civil War movie would be the perfect place to debut Spidey. And personally, I think the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man movies line-up perfectly with the style and tone of the Marvel movies.

Make it happen!

So I am definitely in favor of Civil War hitting the movies. It has the potential to be huge!

One thing that bugs me about Variety’s report, though, is Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter. According to the article, Perlmutter was so angry that Downey wanted a larger role in Cap 3 (including a larger paycheck) that he ordered the part cut out entirely, only for Marvel Studios Head Honcho Kevin Feige to prevail. Perlmutter is reportedly the same guy who is so angry at FOX Studios that he cancelled the Fantastic Four comic.

I realize that we all know to hate CEOs on principle alone, but did the CEO of Marvel Comics really have to be such a douchenozzle? Couldn’t Marvel, of all companies, have an awesome CEO?

Anyway, what do you henchies think about these Civil War plans for the Movieverse? I think it’s only going to help make bigger, more exciting films. Plus it would work nicely with the various actors’ contracts coming to an end. It would shake up the Avengers franchise as a whole and really provide some new and interesting stories.

And while we’re on the topic, Marvel put out a new teaser for Civil War comics coming in 2015.

You’re going to break him!

No one seems to have any idea what this teaser means. Cap, Spidey and Iron Man are all wearing their costumes from the original Civil War, but what does that mean? Is Marvel doing a new Civil War? Or are they just putting out some kind of collected edition of the original series?

One thing is for sure: there’s no way it’s a coincidence that Marvel would post that image and Variety would break their story on the same day. How much you want to bet Marvel heard about Variety’s story in advance and rushed something out themselves about Civil War?

Whatever the case may be, all of this sounds like good news for upcoming Marvel movies!

What do you henchies think? Do you think Civil War is a terrible idea for movies? A great idea? What about Robert Downey Jr. guest-starring in more flicks? Sound off in the comments!


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on October 14, 2014, in Avengers, Marvel, Movies, Spider-Man and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. On the one side that would be a very interesting story for the movieverse, on the other my opinion on the Civil War storyline is that, while it had a lot of good ideas, it sucks so hard that “insert sexual joke here”.

    • I liked Civil War, especially now with the rosy glasses of hindsight. The ideas behind it are solid for a superhero universe, I think, and could definitely add a lot of drama and new storylines for the movieverse!

      • I like the “idea” of Civil War, it was the execution that I had a problem with, I had no doubt that if they decide to adapt the Civil War storyline they would make a great job, probably a better job than the comic since they would try to make the ideas work out in story instead of just using it as an excuse for heroes to fight.

      • Oh yeah, I’m sure there were bits and pieces I didn’t like either. And turning it into a movie would definitely involve a ton of rewrites, which I would be fine with.

  2. There is no word whatsoever from Marvel that they are doing Civil War. But I would love it if they did. Obviously, it can’t be the Civil War we saw in the comics, since they can’t use Spiderman or the Fantastic Four. Also, heroes in the MCU don’t really have secret identities, so the Registration Act wouldn’t really make sense. Here’s how they could do it: after the events of Avengers 2, Cap has enough and decides to turn against Iron Man. And that plotline would cross all the phase 3 movies and explode in Cap 3. If I’m not mistaken, while Civil War was going on in the comics, Secret Invasion was happening in the background. So, you have these heroes fighting each other and completely oblivious the to real danger that’s planting its seeds. So, in the movies, they could show us little hints of a Secret Invasion happening and the obliviousness of these heroes. Then that storyline really comes forward in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie and completely explodes in Avengers 3. Anyway, these are just my thoughts…

    • True, no official word, so it could all change. That’s why I don’t normally report on this stuff, but all of this was just too juicy to pass up!

      In my mind, I’m thinking Tony Stark retires from hero work at the end of Avengers 2 out of guilt, do to his creating Ultron. Then when the Registration Act starts up in Cap 3, Tony is brought out of retirement to act as the government’s go-to guy to spearhead the initiative – which Cap, who is still active with the Avengers, opposes!

  3. While I do love that we could see civil war on the big screen, I’m failing to think of any heroes that need to protect their identities in the MCU. All the avengers don’t have secret identities, ant-man probably will and so will daredevil. But even if they get spiderman for the movie, that three people with secret identities. And because so few heroes have been introduced yet, it wouldn’t really have the “war” feel to it. However if anyone can pull it off and blow my mind, its marvel. So right now, I’m just going to be patient and see what happens. Love some more RDJ though, love more cameo/team ups in general

  4. I loved the Civil War storyline in the comics. But i have no interest in seeing it brought to the big screen. For one thing, there’s only a handful of heroes introduced in the cinematic marvelverse so far. So having a civil war between Cap, Widow and Hawkeye against Iron Man, Hulk and Thor would just be silly. They’d need a lot more heroes to show up to give it a grander scale. More than Wanda and Pietro and Spider-Man, maybe if they added all the netflix heroes and Strange and Ant man into the mix too to get a big scurfuffle going, then maybe. But also, a story like that, I don’t know if it could be told in just one 3 hour movie. Maybe… But Civil War is not the greatest story ever told in Marvel imo, they could definitely go with better ones. Someone mentioned Secret Invasion, that I would like to see. You’re introducing Skrulls, plus you can actually potentially include the Guardians of the Galaxy into the mix there. I don’t think they had anything to do with the comic story, but Skrulls gives it a cosmic connection that they can use.

    • By the time we get to Cap 3 and beyond, we’ll have War Machine, Ant-Man, Vision, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Falcon, Deathlok and anybody else introduced in Agents of SHIELD. There will definitely be a big enough roster of heroes to pick sides and pit them against one another. Plus guys like Spider-Man could easily just show up sans origin. It could definitely be done!

  5. What excites me the most about this is I want to know who screws up? Who is going to fill the roll of the New Warriors? With Black Widow talking to congress at the end of Cap 3 and with whatever terrible rep the Avengers get after Age of Ultron, they still need some sort of catalyst for the kind of change the government is proposing in Civil War.

    So they need a super hero to screw up badly. And I’d really like to see how they handle that. Personally I hope they do make a New Warriors. Sure they have to call them something else and likely drop Namorita (fun fact: Universal still owns the rights to Sub Mariner). But the idea of a Reality Show about Superheroes seems too “realistic” for the movies not to do. I also vote Dave Franco for Speedball.

    Now if this was DC it’d be a whole lot easier to blame superheroes for our problems after what Superman did in Man of Steel.

    • Perhaps Ultron is what causes Congress to want to get superheroes in line, which is why Tony Stark spearheads their registration plan.

      But introducing new, minor heroes would be a snap in the Marvel Movieverse, especially Spider-Man. There’s no reason why these minor sorts of guys haven’t been around this whole time doing their thing on levels far below the Avengers.

      Maybe they could do something like the Ultimate Defenders from Mark Millar’s Ultimates!

  6. Ugh. Uuuuugh. No why Marvel why? There’s like a dozen superheroes. And that’s including ones with no powers.

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it actually goes. But ugh.

    • I was reading a Forbes article about it today, and the selling point isn’t superheroes vs. superheroes, it’s releasing a movie that’s Downey’s Iron Man vs. Evans’ Captain America in the same year that DC tries to launch Batman vs. Superman. Marvel has the years worth of character build-up and importance that will hopefully capture fans.

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