Civil War was a massive crossover event in the comics back in 2006-2007, revolving around a superhero registration act that forced all superheroes to become sanctioned by the government. This created a massive ideological rift in the superhero community, with Iron Man & Captain America leading the Pro-reg and anti-reg sides respectively.
But will it work as well in the separate continuity of the MCU? Fanpup regulars Cody Olsen & Meagan Malone hash it out.
I’ll give you that the MCU basically has no secret identities, and while that was a factor for the Civil War for certain, the real crux of the issue was what happens when superheroes are mandated by the government, does Washington tell them who the bad guys are now? By the time the Civil War started both Iron Man and Captain America’s identities were known, and they still had strong feelings about the matter. So yes, it would be cooler if there were more heroes, like Spiderman, whose secret identity are more important to them, but the real crux of the issue remains intact.
Actually, you kind of brought up my second major reason for concern, which is that Marvel doesn’t have the rights to Spiderman or The Fantastic Four, and both are pretty important to the story. The X-Men aren’t a big deal, since they are in all of two pages of the book and decide not to participate, but Spiderman is central to the story. I’m holding out hope that Marvel will manage to make a deal and bring him in, but if that doesn’t happen, I don’t think they can reasonably call the movie Civil War and have it ring true. The Fantastic Four, while arguably not as important, still play a pretty big role, and the fact that the SRA splits families apart was a pretty big deal in the comics. There are no superhero families in the current MCU, so you can’t have that emotional factor without The Fantastic Four.
I guess my main issue regarding the missing characters is that a big battle between Iron Man and Captain America isn’t really Civil War. Civil War was everyone, it affected everyone and all of the heroes had a stake in it.
The people at Marvel aren’t idiots, they know there are plenty of other storylines they could do, that might be easier to pull off, but I really think the fact that they didn’t announce this at Comic Con shows they wanted to ensure things were in place behind the scenes to make sure it can feel like the massive superhero rift it needs to be.
So yeah, I agree that it won’t be perfect without the FF, their family dynamic was super cool, but now we have Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver so maybe their family will get torn apart. The MCU being different than main continuity just means for me that I’ll get the ideological battles I loved, but I also won’t know where the heck it’s gonna go. That’s freaking cool.
My personal take is they’re not getting any of these missing rights back soon, so I’d prefer to see them make it work with what they got. I have a question for you though:
Would you prefer they just didn’t even attempt Civil War in the MCU?