C'MON .... IT'S INEVITABLE1 of 12Update: Well, okay then. If reports are accurate, we were on the money on this one.
Originally published Sept. 10 2014: This week, in the wake of the DVD release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, co-directors the Russo brothers have been on a whirlwind press tour. And while discussion has centered mainly on The Winter Soldier, that doesn't mean they aren't talking about Captain America 3 just yet.
With Joe Russo in particular discussing the major storyline at the center of the upcoming film, and the promise that the title, a closely guarded secret, will soon be revealed, it's impossible not to speculate as to just what exactly this major storyline is going to be. And even though the Russos have addressed the idea, saying it's "unlikely" that Marvel would take this direction, the only candidate that truly stands out, and fits all the criteria, is Captain America: Civil War.
While a film version of the landmark comic would not make sense as a direct translation, there is a mountain of evidence to suggest that Civil War could indeed be the inspiration for Captain America 3. Here, we'll take a look at just what is leading us to this conclusion by presenting 10 reasons Captain America 3 will be titled Civil War.
MAY 6, 20162 of 12Marvel has planted Captain America 3's flag in arguably the prime movie opening date for 2016, even staring down Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in the process.
While Captain America's first two films were successful summer(ish) films, neither were in that prime slot. Cap 3's claiming of that date seems to suggest that something major is coming for the franchise that could put it on par with the Avengers and Iron Man franchises.
EASY COME, EASY GO3 of 12With Age of Ultron rumors, based on supposed snippets from a draft of the script, holding that the Avengers team may look remarkably different by the end of the second film flying around, it's hard not to speculate as to why the team would change so much in just one film.
While the tension over Ultron seems obvious, the fallout is a little more important in determining where the MCU is headed. While it's a safe bet that Thor 3 is coming, along with Ant-Man, Cap 3, GotG 2, and probably Dr. Strange, what's interesting is Robert Downey Jr.'s insistence that there will be no Iron Man 4 - at least not with him at the helm. That could mean that Tony's leaving the picture after Avengers 2, RDJ is signed for Avengers 3, making it more likely that Tony's role in the films will be drastically altered - perhaps with him picking up his father's legacy, in rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. the right way.
BACK TO THE WELL4 of 12It's been 8 years since Civil War hit comic book shop shelves, and although Marvel has retread somewhat similar ground with events like Schism and AvX, the fact that they haven't returned to the Civil War branding is interesting indeed. With even Avengers Vs. X-Men making something of a return in the promotion for Axis, the fact that Marvel hasn't thrown the Civil War title around since its initial story speaks volumes.
Considering the story's success, and the fact that Cap 3 will be released in time for the story's 10th anniversary, could a comic event that ties in with a Civil War film really be that hard to fathom? Marvel certainly loves that kind of synergy.
QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?5 of 12Themes of accountability for superheroes have permeated the MCU since its earliest films, all the way back to Iron Man, with the idea of Tony Stark doing his best to keep his technology out of government hands being one of the franchise's biggest throughlines. As time has passed, these themes have continued through the Incredible Hulk, with General Ross desperately attempting to contain the Hulk, and even into the Avengers, with Fury justifying the Avengers to his superiors in the face of the destruction of New York and developing weapons inspired by Thor and the Asgardians.
After the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of Winter Solider, there's little doubt that the question of "Who watches the watchmen?" is fresh on the minds of Marvel's heroes. With Tony Stark creating Ultron as a way to police the world in Avengers 2, that old accountability chestnut is going to be rolling around again, leading to a possible fallout between Avengers members.
'10 YEARS IN THE MAKING'6 of 12In discussing Captain America 3, Winter Soldier co-director Joe Russo said that Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige has had Cap 3's title in mind for "about 10 years," a timeline that, considering the amount of lead up Marvel must have had for Civil War, lines up pretty closely with the landmark comic event. And with the impact Civil War had on Marvel's publishing schedule, as well as its bottom line, it's easy to believe that the title would be weighing on Feige's mind for all these years hence.
THE STORYTELLING SWEETSPOT7 of 12If Captain America 3 does turn out to be Civil War, it couldn't come at a better time for the films. With Avengers 2 in the past by its release - and the potential for major shake-ups inherent in its plot - and the likelihood that Thanos will arrive to ravage Earth in Avengers 3, a nice Civil War might be exactly what the MCU needs to really set the stage for a triumphant battle with the mad titan.
Given the way that the Avengers' relationships have been in flux even in the films we've already seen, it would make sense to truly push them to their breaking point in order to bring them back for the fight with Thanos.
Further, with no Iron Man 4 on the horizon, Civil War could also set the perfect stage to introduce new concepts, like the much rumored Dr. Strange, Black Panther, or Captain Marvel films into the mix.
WHAT'S LEFT FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA?8 of 12Let's face it. The biggest story in Captain America's canon is the Winter Soldier saga, which followed through Civil War into the Death of Captain America, when Bucky replaced Steve Rogers as Captain America. Aside from that, most of Cap's biggest tales have focused on Steve walking away from the government and his role as Cap for one reason or another.
With that ground being pretty well trod in Winter Solider - Cap even wore a non-traditional costume throughout most of the movie - and Bucky's story obviously starting there as well, it only makes sense to move forward with the last great Cap story.
By which we obviously mean the saga of CapWolf.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?9 of 12What simple title could stand out so strongly, could evoke such importance that simply unveiling it would reveal the plot? Almost nothing has as much weight in the Marvel Universe as Civil War, a story that certainly changed the entire face of company's line-up.
Planting that title on a film that has promised such deep shake-ups as those being talked about by the Russos would send a clear message to fans and critics that Captain America 3 is going to do exactly what the creators say it's going to do, and, like Age of Ultron (which btw, doesn't at all seem like a literal adaptation of the comic book event of the same name), that alone can send the hype machine into overdrive.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING10 of 12The Russos have been very chatty of late in discussing just how big Captain America 3 is going to be. And if what they're saying is to be believed, "big" may not actually cover it. "There is a very, very big idea at the center of Cap 3," said Joe Russo, who went on to expound that Kevin Feige is viewing Cap 3 as the stepping stone into another chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There is very little that could be as iconic, as drastic, and as potent to do exactly that as Civil War. While it's hard to see exactly how the films will get to this endpoint, it's easy to imagine that they would at least take strong inspiration of not the actual plot from the now classic storyline to truly shake up the MCU.
BECAUSE IT WOULD BE REALLY, REALLY COOL11 of 12Let's be honest. Marvel has done some extremely hard work to ensure that they can pull off anything they want on the big screen. Even though it's unlikely that Civil War would make it to the movies in the same form as it existed in the comics, the possibility of a throw down, in earnest, between Earth's Mightiest Heroes is almost too potent to pass up.
And, while the potential for storytelling opportunities is incredibly high, what's more important is that Civil War is a title that is hugely recognizable even to many non-comic readers, a fact that would undoubtedly fill theaters with warm bodies. And that's really the bottom line.
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