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Marvel is getting ready to enter their own Civil War with Captain America: Civil War. Personally, I’m #TeamIronMan all the way, but before you pick a side and join the fight yourself, there are a few things you need to know before seeing Civil War.
Getting ready for the war, you should know the history of the fight, where it began, and why. You should also know some facts about the movie before sitting down in the theater so you’re not confused about what’s going on. If you haven’t seen all of the Marvel movies thus far, you may want to turn away until you do, then come back and get the facts. If you are up to date with our superhero friends, then it’s time to learn a bit more.
1.This is A Cap Movie
It would seem that the trend of Marvel movies is a few superhero solo movies that lead up to an Avengers movie that brings all the heroes together. Captain America: Civil War follows that trend… very loosely. All of the existing heroes plus some new ones will be in the war, but the story will be told through Cap’s eyes.
2. The Story Behind The War
We know that a Civil War is when two parts of one nation strongly disagree on a topic at hand and can only be decided by a war. This movie will show that superheroes are no different from anyone else (you know, they just have super abilities). The government, angry about the damage that has been caused by the heroes, has gone without any punishment or blame and is tired of it. They aim to start a registration act that will require heroes to register and take blame for damages caused. Some heroes agree, and others don’t–thus we have a war.
3. Comic Fans Beware
If you’re a fan of the comics–specifically the Civil War series–you probably already know this, but I’m going to share it with others who might be wondering. I was wondering, actually, as my 11 year old was asking for the comics in order to prepare for the movie.
The movie will be very different from the comics. There will be fewer superheroes in the war, and the government who is creating the regulations is not just confined to the US.
4. Prep for New Characters
There will be multiple new characters in this iteration of the Civil War. Black Panther and… wait for it… SpiderMan! While you are familiar with the history of Spiderman, you may not know who Black Panther is and it’s not clear if his story will be summed up or glossed over in Civil War. Either way, it’s a good thing he is there.
5. So, Heroes Are The Baddies?
The focus of this film will be on the battle between heroes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a villain or two. In fact, it’s been rumored that there will be a big time villain…who do you think it could be?
6. Which Team are you On?
The two sides of the war are lead by Ironman and Captain America (Cap). Ironman is for the government interference and Cap is against. On team Ironman (#TeamIronMan for those of you who are socially savvy), you have War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther, and The Vision. On team Cap (#TeamCap), there’s Hawkeye, Sharon Carter, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Bucky Barnes and Ant-Man. Those are the main players and we’ll have to wait to see where others land.
7. After Civil War: Phase 3
Captain America Civil War is going to set the stage for Phase 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, leading to the biggest Avengers movie we’ve seen yet. That means the effects of this movie will need to be chiseled into your brain so you can keep up with the next phase of movies. So you can brush up, the list of movies so far is (in order of release) Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of The Galaxy 2 (2017), Spider Man (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers Infinity War–Part One (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers Infinity War–Part Two (2019), and finally, Inhumans (2019).