Five Hopes for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”

By: Michael Gove

Less than two months remain before the release of Captain America: Civil War, which could be the most significant Marvel movie since 2012’s The Avengers. Pitting the Avengers against each other on two sides (one supporting government regulation of superhero activity and the other opposing it), Civil War looks every bit as big as an ensemble Avengers film. It’s certainly poised to begin a new chapter of Marvel cinema, introducing new characters and establishing a plot line that isn’t just about our favorite heroes taking on a new villain together.

All that said, however, there’s still a great deal we don’t know about this film. But here’s a bit of what we hope to see.

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1. Time For Spider-Man

The latest trailer (and probably the last one) for Civil War was just recently released, and for the first time we got a glimpse of the new Spider-Man, who’s portrayed by Tom Holland. The trailer was posted at The Verge, and if you watch through to the very end, you’ll see Tony Stark call for Spider-Man to come out of hiding during what looks to be a pivotal battle scene outside an airport.

This is the reveal fans have been waiting for, but it also invites a lot of new questions. How does Stark hook up with Spidey? Where did that suit come from? Why is Spidey standing by in hiding during such a big scene? One of the biggest flaws of Avengers: Age Of Ultron was arguably that its new characters (including Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) were brought in abruptly with an unsatisfying explanation. Let’s hope Spider-Man is handled better, even if it means adding some time to what’s sure to be a long film. Marisa Tomei’s rumored casting as Aunt May may be a nice indication that they’ll lend at least a little focus to Peter Parker’s background.

2. A Fleshed Out Scarlet Witch

As stated, Scarlet Witch was brought into Age Of Ultron in what some might have considered to be an abrupt manner. She played a pretty big role, and really she seemed more like a convenient plot device than a necessary addition to the team. Based on the new trailer referenced previously, it looks like she’ll factor in in a pretty big way this time around too; in one scene she appears to be performing some sort of spell and melting The Vision. More of a back story is probably too much to ask for at this point. If she’s going to be battling other major characters, though, let’s at least hope her abilities are explained more effectively. In Age Of Ultron, she basically possessed ambiguous magical powers.

3. A Surprise With War Machine

Col. Rhodes, aka War Machine, is without a doubt the best sidekick that exists for any of the main Avengers characters. Though he was a marginal character in Iron Man, he ended up being a major focal point in Iron Man 2. In fact he’s remained as much a part of that film’s image as Iron Man himself, particularly in the video game world. Gala’s slot page has a themed Iron Man 2 game featuring a few characters from the movie, with War Machine and Iron Man taking center stage. And the Iron Man 3 film employed War Machine even more after fans seemed to enjoy him in the first sequel.

Despite being one of the only sidekicks to matter in gaming, a popular film character, and a vessel for one of the series’ better actors, War Machine is the only apparent victim in trailers. Not only does he look gravely wounded in one scene, but the energy core in his suit looks to have been ripped out. The good news is it would be very unlike Marvel to give away something as big as a character death in a trailer, so here’s hoping for a surprise.

4. An Intriguing Double Agent

We’ve known for some time now that there will probably be a double agent in Civil War. Moviepilot posted a discussion that divided the Avengers into the two teams that will be at odds in the new movie. It also speculated as to which of them might be a double agent. The obvious choice is Black Widow, who appears to be on Tony Stark’s side but has also had a close connection to Captain America over the years. But with Widow as the obvious pick—and the closest thing to a spy among the Avengers—this would be a pretty dull surprise. If there’s going to be a double agent, it should be someone we don’t expect.

5. A Surprise Unveiling

There are already going to be a few exciting new characters introduced in Civil War, including Spider-Man and Black Panther. But one of Marvel’s best qualities is that it’s always able to surprise fans, and a surprise unveiling of a new character in Civil War would be right in line with that capability. But who could it be?

One interesting place to look for possibilities is Marvel’s video games. While casino games like the aforementioned Iron Man 2 slots tend to concern existing or past films, some of Marvel’s more regularly updated video games often introduce characters before they appear in film. Case in point: Marvel’s Contest Of Champions app brought Agent Venom to life just this past February. As a sort of super soldier who fits nicely alongside characters like Captain America, Winter Soldier, and Black Panther, not to mention a villain connected to Spider-Man, he’d certainly be an interesting choice. But really, we have no idea if such an unveiling will be made or who it might concern—the point is to be surprised!

No matter what, this is looking like a pretty amazing film already. But should any of these hopes come to fruition, Civil War could be one of the most polished and engaging Marvel projects to date.

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