Marvel’s Civil War may have ended in 2006, but on Secret Wars' Battleworld, the fight continues on. On July 8, a new Civil War series kicks off with Death of Wolverine's Charles Soule and Secret Invasion's Leinil Yu revisiting Marvel's biggest modern event saga to dig into a prolonged battle between Iron Man and Captain America.
With Secret Wars providing a platform to revive some of Marvel’s most iconic worlds and time periods, Civil War is bringing the entire Marvel Universe into the fold, setting hero against hero and even pulling in the civilian population of Warzone, the Battleworld territory where Civil War takes place.
Asa big-screen adaptation of the original series comes in 2016 with Captain America: Civil War, Newsarama talked with Soule about the Battleworld domain of Warzone, the differences between the original Civil War and its new counterpart, and discovering the major players of the story.
Newsarama: Civil War is one of Marvel’s most successful crossovers of all time. It makes sense to revisit it during Secret Wars. Is there a particular part of Civil War where this reality picks up?
Charles Soule: It begins six years after the point where the original Civil War ended, by Captain America surrendering to Iron Man in the big Times Square battle. However, in this story, that didn’t happen, and the Civil War didn’t end. In fact, it spilled out, became much larger, and involved every person in the country, powered or not.
Nrama: In the world which spawns this version of Civil War, how closely do the events of the superhero clash compare to th original Civil War we know?
Soule: They started the same way, but something happens to change the end result, as you’ll see. I can’t spoil it, but I thought about that long and hard, and picked what I thought would be an interesting spot to diverge from the story we all know.
Nrama: We’ve seen Spider-Man in his Civil War costume in promo art. Is this Peter Parker still on Iron Man’s side?
Soule: Pete is a huge part of the book – just read it and see!
Nrama: Solicits for Civil War have made reference to General Steve Rogers and President Tony Stark. Obviously there are some big differences in this world. What other differences can we expect for these characters?
Soule: Endless, really. The premise – six years of Marvel time – let me completely reinvent many of these characters. I just got a design in today for one of the main players from Civil War, spun through Leinil’s lens, and wow. Just incredible. Leinil and I tried to rebuild the Marvel Universe from the ground up, with all new locations, character designs, motivations, conflicts, and so on. Just wait until you see Iron Man’s newest suit. It’s wild.
Nrama: Aside from Cap and Tony, who are the major players in Civil War?
Soule: Tons, but I’d say that Spider-Man and She-Hulk are significant characters. That said, much like the original story, it involves just about every superhero you can think of, in one way or another. I tried to at least reference just about everyone.
Nrama: What can you tell us about Warzone, the Battleworld territory where Civil War takes place?
Soule: It’s completely self-contained. For all intents and purposes, it’s the United States, although changed drastically due to six years of super-hero Civil War. Steve Rogers holds one territory, called the Blue (whose capital city is Liberation), and Tony Stark holds the other, called the Iron (the capital there is Resilient Alpha). They feel very different, as you might expect. There are many surprises hiding in the Warzone beyond that, but let’s let the readers find them on their own, yeah?
Nrama: Is there a larger conflict in Civil War, or does it all boil down to the same two sides we saw in the original Civil War?
Soule: Wait and see! Not to be cagey here, but I think this is one of those stories where the fun is in the reveals. It’s definitely designed to be big, though. I think Leinil wanted to take my keyboard away when he read Civil War #4’s script (and I hesitate to think of what he’ll want to do to me when he reads #5.)
Nrama: With Captain America: Civil War coming up, it makes perfect sense to revisit Civil War now. Will we see any connection between the film and the comic?
Soule: Other than the central premise, I doubt it – but I’m really looking forward to that flick.
Nrama: You’re working with Leinil Yu on this project. He’s done some pretty major books for Marvel as part of several big events. What does Leinil bring to Civil War?
Soule: He’s an event master! These are books that require an ability to draw a ton of characters doing awesome things, while still keeping everyone relatable and “human,” if that’s a word we can use to describe a bunch of people who are almost godlike. The scripts throw a ton of crazy things at Mr. Yu, and he hasn’t blinked an eye at any of them. I don’t know how this book would work without him, and I’m so glad he’s on board.
Nrama: What’s the number one reason fans should pick up Civil War?
Soule: I mean… it’s Civil War. I tried to take everything that I thought was cool about the first event and put my own spin on it. It’s not the same story again – not even close – even if it has some tonal echoes. It’s definitely the largest-scale superhero thing I’ve ever done, but much like Leinil’s art, there’s a human side to it too. I’m really proud of it, and I hope everyone checks it out in July.