The internet is abound with the news of Robert Downey Jr. signing on to appear in the as yet untitled (or as yet announced title) Captain America 3. That plus a newly announced Civil War event coming next year and the automatic insistence is that this means the Civil War storyline is heading to the big screen.
If you ask me? I doubt it. Not without some big changes in the status quo of the film rights.
Personally, I thought Civil War was a terrible story line. It was a mess. A misfire of an idea that Marvel has barely found its way out of so for this to come to the big screen has big warning signs flashing over my head.
But that’s my opinion. I’m sure plenty of other people are chomping at the bit for it.
The crux of Civil War is the Superhero Registration Act which would make superheroes “unmask” and come to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. (which doesn’t technically exist outside of the half dozen agents running around the ABC Series Agents of Shield.) Cap is against it, Iron Man is for it. They become enemies and go to war, each with their own allies of heroes.
One of the major moments, in fact one of the most impactful moments, of the story line features Spider-Man, who Marvel currently does not have the rights to use in film. Doing a Civil War film without this moment is probably a bad idea. It’s too important to the lives of the heroes to not include it.
So is Marvel tipping their hand to indicate that they do have access to Spider-Man again by giving people the idea that Civil War is coming to the big screen?
If you ask me, the MCU is not ready for a Civil War movie. There simply aren’t enough heroes yet. With the amount of MCU heroes now, this would barely register as a family spat let alone a Civil War. What are they going to do? Bring the Guardians of the Galaxy into the mix to fight for Cap? They weren’t even around when Civil War was happening in the books. Give it some time, let the world develop more, give us more heroes to fear for and rally with before you set the small group you have now against each other.
I expect more information to pour out about Marvel’s future plans for the MCU rather quickly now that this news has hit the internet. Do they have Spidey? I hope so because Sony’s plans for the franchise are terrible. With luck, they’ve worked out some kind of agreement. Fingers crossed.
As for Civil War? If it does happen, I hope it’s better than the comic version.
What do you think? Do you want to see a Marvel Cinematic Universe Civil War sooner rather than later? Post in the comments.
PS the only Civil War that Marvel ever should have had was Mutants vs Humans but that’s a post for another day.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.