Only a few more weeks until Civil War! Aren’t you as excited as we are? Soon the duel of the century will be taking place and we can finally stop guessing as to what’s going to happen. Rumors have circulated for over a year now about how true the movie will stay to the Civil War books. The answer is barely, they pretty much are just using the concept. That and naming a movie something like “Captain America vs Iron Man: Dawn of Justice,” isn’t going to draw the same crowd.
With all these rumors floating around it’s hard to tell what’s fake and real. Will Daredevil actually cameo? Will we get to see Spider-Man’s origin? Will we see the design of Wakanda? Our thoughts are no to each of those, but really who’s to say. Here are 10 things that we think WILL happen in Civil War and 10 things that WON’T.
Things That WILL Happen In Civil War
10. Spider-Man’s Blood Oath
Before the events of Civil War, Tony Stark asks his friend Peter Parker a very important request. He asks Peter to blindly follow him no matter what happens from that moment forward. Peter joking says that it is like a blood oath, and Tony actually agrees. Something like this will probably happen in the movie. There won’t be an actual “blood oath” taken between the two, partly because the new Spidey is a child, and partly because there was never an actual blood oath, but the idea will be the same. Tony Stark will guilt Peter Parker into agreeing to whatever he says and then takes advantage of it later in the story.
9. Ant-Man and Hawkeye team up
Ok so this was in the trailer, but we will get to see Hawkeye put Ant-Man on an arrow and shoot him across a battlefield. It’s a moment a lot of people were excited for since it was announced that Ant-Man would be joining the MCU, and we knew that Hawkeye wasn’t dying at the end of Age of Ultron. It’s not going to be all that interesting, it’s just going to be a shot of Paul Rudd on an arrow and then punching someone in the face. Actually we take that back, it’s going to be awesome.
8. Cap outsmarts Tony
They may draw this directly from the comics and have Cap strap an EMP device onto Tony’s hand after they shake upon meeting up. Or maybe it will be something entirely different. Either way there will be a fight where Cap is able to outsmart Tony and get the upper hand in the battle. This will have nothing to do with Cap being a better fighter, or stronger, it will just be him being smarter for a bright second. Maybe he knows a weakness that Tony doesn’t even know about. Whatever it is, we will see Iron Man getting out-smarted by his old teammate.
7. Captain America and Iron Man team up
It’s safe to assume that Cap and Iron Man will eventually come to some agreement to disagree by the end of the movie. Both are the “good guy” in their respective stories, and both have good reasons to feel the way they do. It will most likely be at the end of the movie when the main antagonist truly reveals himself or herself to our heroes and the teams have to stop trying to kill each other and beat up that person instead. It won’t solve the problems that will have presented themselves throughout the movie, but we’ll probably see Cap save Tony and Tony save Cap. Or maybe one is unable to save the other…
6. Vision and Scarlet Witch “team up”
And by team up we mean have a wonderful little makeout session and fall madly in love. In Age of Ultron, SW was just unleashed back into the world after only really knowing her brother for years. Vision was kinda born in the movie, so it’s his first time in the world too. They’re going to be like two awkward 7th graders who don’t know how to kiss, but still think they’re adults. A match made in heaven, or a lab somewhere actually. In the comics the two share a long standing relationship and eventually get married. We fully expect to see that romance on screen, and this movie will be the start of it.
5. Cap takes on S.H.I.E.L.D. – again
One of the best scenes in the Civil War books is when S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the helicarrier who are all trying to arrest him surround Captain America. Obviously he wins (he’s Captain America what would you expect?), but it’s the moment where he goes from Super Hero to Super Fugitive. We fully expect to see this exact scene play out, only minus Maria Hill (who was leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the time). It will be very reminiscent of Winter Soldier when Cap beats up every one in that elevator, but seriously, how cool was that? We could get that exact scene again in this movie and we’d be stoked.
4. Someone switches teams
Throughout the books heroes keep switching which side they are fighting for. Much like most actual debates, the superhuman registration act has a lot of benefits and a lot of negatives so people may be able to flip other’s opposite view points just by explaining their side. In the books Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Cable, and many more heroes change sides, this trend will continue. One of the biggest moments in the book is when Spider-Man decides he doesn’t agree with Tony, breaks his “blood oath” and goes to Cap’s side. We don’t think Spidey will be the one to do it in the movie. More likely it will be someone like Vision, or Hawkeye, a character the fans already know. There is also a question with Black Panther, who was neutral through most books, but eventually fights for Cap by the end.
3. Citizens attack Captain America
The final scene of Civil War has Captain America about to put the final blow onto Iron Man when he is ‘attacked’ by a large group of civilians. He doesn’t fight back (obviously) but they end up defeating him showing that the Super Hero Registration act is what they want, it’s what they chose. A very similar moment may be included in the movie as very few other things would actually get this fight to end otherwise. It was also a crucial moment for Cap as he looks around with tears streaming down his face admitting that they lost the fight.
2. Tony will work with a known villain
In the books it was the Thunderbolts. Tony hired them to find other super villains, and those who would not register. One of those was Spider-Man who they attempt to kill in a sewer. It’s a “look at how far he’ll go,” moment for Cap as he was blind sided that Tony would stoop so low. We want to see that reaction in the movie, and assume it will happen. We don’t know which villain it will be. It could be Thunderbolt Ross, but our money is on Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones (who happened to be the man who assassinates Cap in the book). Iron Man allying with someone like Crossbones will be the final blow to his friendship with Cap, and it might be the final blow to Cap, period.
1. Death of a Hero
As alluded to earlier, we feel almost 100% sure that someone, a hero, will die in this movie. It won’t be Spidey, Ant-Man, or Black Panther (they all have upcoming solo movies), but the rest are all up for grabs. They may decide to follow the comics and have Crossbones snipe Cap, which would be a shocker. Chris Evans still has movies left on his contract, but that should not get in the way if the writers want to do it. Iron Man on the other hand looks ripe to die. Robert Downey Jr. has had a lot of debates with Marvel about his contracts and has been looking to leave the iron suit since after the first Avengers movie. We just hope Marvel will actually kill whoever they choose, and not just revive them for a TV show.
Things That WON’T Happen In Civil War
10. Rhodes won’t die
Look they wouldn’t show it in the trailer if Rhodes is going to die. It’s a bad idea to spoil such a major twist in the movie like that. Obviously he’ll be hurt, but die no. Our guess is that someone shoots him down and makes it looks like either Bucky, or another member of Team Cap did. Rhodes will be in the hospital for a while, and Cap will even be shown making sure that his friend (don’t forget all of these guys are pals) is alright. Cap would not be ok with Bucky (or any of his teammates) just murdering Rhodes, or anyone for that matter.
9. Giant fight in the negative zone
That amazing moment in the Civil War books where basically every character from the Marvel universe duke it out in the negative zone is a far cry from what we are going to see in this movie. Most people already understand, but the movie is not a rendition of what happened in the comics, it can’t be. They are utilizing the idea of super heroes fighting each other over what restrictions are fair, but the rest stops there. One of many peoples’ favorite moments from the books, this fight scene, won’t happen for a number of reasons. 1. Key members (Hulkling and Cloak) haven’t been shown in the MCU, and 2. The Negative Zone is owned by Fox. That sounds weird that Fox owns an entire Zone, but hey they own mutants too, shouldn’t be a shocker.
8. Human Torch getting beat in the streets
FOX, why didn’t you just give Marvel the rights to The Fantastic Four? You ruined everything! One key moment for the book (for readers and heroes alike) is when Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, gets beat into a coma outside of a nightclub. This wasn’t done by Dr. Doom, or aliens, or really any foe that heroes often come to blows with, he was beat up by just regular people. They were mad about all the unrest, and Johnny was just a total jerk to them, so they overreacted and beat him. He couldn’t defend himself after the first blow, when a bottle was shattered over his head. It showed that maybe it can be dangerous when everyone knows your secret identity, an argument that his Sister was on the other side of mere panels before. It was a dark moment for everyone, and it’s a shame that we won’t see it in the movie.
7. Spider-Man unmasked
Look, he’s in the movie, that should be enough. In the books Peter Parker unmasks himself as Spider-Man following an oath to Iron Man saying he’d do whatever he wanted. This won’t happen in the movie, there’s no reason. In the books the unmasking is so powerful because Peter refuses to let anyone know who he is, because he fears for the safety of his loved ones. Think how Gwen Stacey was killed by The Green Goblin to get to him, he doesn’t want that to happen again. We don’t know that backstory in the movie, we are at his origin, unmasking would be silly as all the power that it wields is gone. This could have been different if they went and got Andrew Garfield for the role, but they chose not too.
6. Goliath’s death (any extra death)
First, Goliath won’t be in the movie. There done. Second, Thor won’t be in the movie. That being known, we can tell you positively that Goliath won’t die at Thor’s hands (probably at all considering he doesn’t exist yet). But will someone else die? Will there be a shocking death that makes all the teams reevaluate why they are doing what they are doing? Probably not. We’ll probably get Rhodes being shot down and that’s it, no other death (except maybe at the end). It’s not like Marvel has made us feel like their characters can even die…
5. The Stamford incident
Let’s see, an explosion in the city of Stamford that kills a bunch of children? Yea that’s not happening on the big screen. It’s a horrifying thing to think about and it was the perfect event to kick off the Civil War because placing blame was so important. This time we’ve seen a ton of disasters play out over the past few years. Destruction of Sokovia, destruction of New York, those cities the Hulk has destroyed, Thor tearing reality apart, and so much more. There is no need for the Stamford incident, it’s just a lot of violence for no reason. Though it was such an important part of the story, and arguably one of the most exciting moments in comic history, don’t expect it to happen.
4. The Winter Soldier kills
The Winter Soldier was a brainwashed assassin incapable of thinking for himself. Bucky is the guy we saw in the first Captain America who saved Steve’s butt when he was cornered in an alley way. The guy has killed a lot, but he doesn’t want to. The Winter Soldier will not kill anyone. What we expect to happen is that his mechanical arm will betray him at some point (maybe when he takes a shot at Tony which we see in the trailer). Preferring to be without an arm rather than a puppet, he will rip that arm off and go a portion of the movie armless (like we see in the trailer as well). This is a guy that Marvel may want to take up the role of Captain America if Chris Evans stops for some reason, and he can’t be a killer.
3. Punisher saves Spider-Man and the day
One of the most memorable arcs in Civil War is when Captain America lets the Punisher join his side, momentarily at least. He sees the Thunderbolts are about to take Spider-Man out, so he comes out from the shadows and blows them away. He then takes Spidey to Captain America’s underground base demanding help. It’s one of the best panels in Civil War, if not in the Punisher’s history. Punisher may have been cast, and we may see him in more than Daredevil, but it won’t be this movie for two reasons. The first is because most of the filming and scripting was over before they knew if John Berthal would be received well as the Punisher. Second, because there is a ton of backstory there that would have to be explained. How the Punisher originally tried to kill Spidey all those years ago in his first appearance, why he respects Captain America so much, and that’s not even touching on his origin story yet. The movie would end up being like 6 hours of just The Punisher to do all this justice.
2. Luke Cage
Luke Cage is a very important team member of Captain America’s anti-registration side in the comics. For a good portion of the books he is second in command, and even takes over when Cap turns himself in at the end. Civil War without Luke Cage is just not the same story. We won’t get the scene where Tony issues a veiled threat at Luke about taking him away from his daughter and wife. We don’t get the speech about comparing the Superhero registration act to slavery and the pre-civil rights era south. It’s too bad because he really humanizes the registration act and shows us non-super fans some real issues behind it.
1. Tony and Cap work it all out
Whether one of the two big heroes dies at the end of the movie or not, we don’t believe there will be a “kiss and makeup” moment between the two. No matter what happens there will be unforgivable events between the two men that will have repercussions throughout the rest of the MCU. Cap and Iron Man will not be friends after this. They won’t trust each other in a fight, and will probably shake up the Avengers. It may not stop there, possibly Hawkeye and Black Widow won’t be so close anymore, or even… well that’s it. Most of Iron Man’s team is made up of new members… But the point is that Cap and Tony won’t be friends when the credits role. They obviously will come to an understanding at some point in the future and fight along side each other against rougher enemies, but if both survive there will be many unresolved issues.