The lines have been drawn for Marvel's upcoming Civil War II, as the the N.Y. Daily News has revealed what will pit hero vs. hero as well as the death of a major hero that will ignite the conflict. Reporter Ethan Sacks was invited by Marvel to one of their recent writers summits, and documents the talk about the upcoming event -- as well as debates over who should die.
“A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy,” reads a synopsis provided by Marvel. “This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.”
The newly released cover to #1 features Iron Man and Captain Marvel at odds, with Star-Lord and Captain America on Tony Stark's side while Spider-Man and She-Hulk favor the other team. The "mysterious new Marvel character" in question is presumed to be the shadowy figure in the center.
“People’s personal accountability is the theme of this one,” said Bendis. “From the way cops are acting on camera, to the way people talk to each other online.”
Just as the original Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven was kicked off when the New Warriors inadvertantly destroyed the town of Stamford, Connecticut during a fight with some super-villains, Ciil War II will have an inciting incident prophesized by the future-fortelling new character committed by an unnamed hero who will ultimately die -- but who is to blame? That's up for debate.
The NY Daily News article recounts debate in the summit about who the catalyst will be, with candidates including Spider-Man and the Human Torch. Ultimately, Bendis and Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso settle on a candidate, whom NY Daily News doesn't spoil. The company's publisher Dan Buckley is cognizant of how the death of a major character can be a sales draw.
“The death is the marketing hook,” said Buckley. "The thing that’s really compelling is whether or not there’s a story afterwards that’s going to connect with readers and sustain it.”