Here’s the MAJOR part of the comics that’s being left out.
Did you know that Salt Lake Comic Con was a thing? To be honest, beyond some whispers in the wind we’d mostly forgotten about it, too.
Well, Chris Evans, a.k.a. Captain America didn’t forget. In fact, he hosted a panel all by his star-spangled self and answered questions about – you guessed it – Captain America: Civil War.
From the comics, along with numerous interviews, teases in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the title of the movie, we know that Civil War is going to feature a standoff between Captain America and Iron Man, each representing an ideology about the Superhero Registration Act and forcing the stable of Marvel heroes to choose sides. Here’s Evans, talking about the “accords” governing the actions of powered individuals that the government wants Captain America, Iron Man, and everyone else to sign:
Tony [Stark] actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2 [The Winter Soldier], I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own.
That’s cool. And Evans actually went on to talk about the way that’s going to impact the plot and hopefully make it awesome (see below). But notice also what’s absent from his comments: talk about secret identities. That’s because secret identities aren’t really a thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they haven’t been since the very beginning.
So if not secret identities, what is the cause of strife in Civil War?
And these are understandable concerns, but this is tough, because even reading the script, you think I think I agree with Tony in a way, and I do agree that to make this work, you do need to surrender to the group. It can’t just be one person saying this is right and this is what we’re going to do. But Cap has his reasons, he certainly has his reasons, and he is a good man and his moral compass is probably the cleanest. This is a tough thing. This is what made it so interesting while we were filming, and it’s hopefully what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.
Of course, there will be some clear bad guys like Crossbones and Baron Zemo, but the action we’re really turning up for is of the hero-on-hero variety. When everyone is convinced they’re in the right, no one is ready to compromise.
In real life, that makes us sad. But when it comes to superheroes on the big screen, well…