With rumors circulating of Captain America’s death, is Chris Evans in Infinity War? Plus 5 other ways Civil War will set up Infinity War.
Marvel fans are excited about Captain America: Civil War, with the recent trailer for the film breaking Marvel records for number of views in the first 24 hours. The two-part Avengers: Infinity War looms in the background, however, and everyone is wondering how we’re going to get from Civil War to Infinity War. With some rumors, fans are even wondering if we’ll see Chris Evans in Infinity War at all.
Much like The Winter Soldier before it, Civil War is poised to make some major changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will also be the last time that we see several of our heroes before Infinity War. It’s already confirmed that we’ll see Chris Evans in Infinity War alongside costars such as Robert Downey Jr., but how will Marvel take us from Civil War to Infinity War? Here are a few plot points we might see.
6. Avengers Disassembled
One of the big differences between The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron was the relationship between the characters. In the first film, our heroes had to band together despite their differences and overcome a common threat; this created a bond among them, even though there was still plenty of room for conflict. In Age of Ultron, the heroes begin as what seems to be old friends and the events of the film chip away at that bit by bit.
When we see Chris Evans in Infinity War, he’s likely going to still carry some of the emotional scars of Civil War. He’ll have to overcome his mixed emotions about working with Tony Stark and this may make Thanos’ assault more effective since the Avengers will have a hard time putting forth the united front we saw in Age of Ultron.
5. New Supporting Characters
In addition to the existing Avengers roster, a few new characters are being added in Civil War. The most notable of these are Black Panther, Spider-Man and Baron Zemo. We’ll obviously see the first two alongside Chris Evans in Infinity War, and Zemo could appear as well as a secondary villain trying to take advantage of Thanos’ actions.
Both Spider-Man and Black Panther will get solo films before Infinity War is released, but Civil War will set up their relationship to the Avengers team. It’s unlikely that either of the solo films will spend much screen time on deepening that connection since there won’t be much cause for many if any of the Avengers to show up. Expect to see most if not all of that world-building done in Civil War.
4. RIP Captain America
In the comics, the events of Civil War lead directly into the Death of Captain America storyline that saw Bucky taking over as Cap while the world thought Cap was dead. The exact nature of Cap’s death and return got a little convoluted toward the end, but many fans are wondering if we’ll see a simplified version toward the end of the Civil War film.
How can they do this when we already know that we’ll see Chris Evans in Infinity War? Cap’s apparent death would set up his return later, possibly helping to turn the tide in the battle against Thanos and his minions. It would also let us see Bucky as Captain America for a while, possibly without most of the Marvel universe knowing about the switch. It remains to be seen whether Cap’s return would be a result of science, magic or just his accelerated healing, however.
3. A Vision of War
With Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones, he’s going to have to set his sights on the Vision at some point. Since we’ll see Vision in Civil War, it’s likely that Thanos will learn the location of the missing Mind Stone at some point during the film. This will more than likely be during a mid- or post-credits sequence, since adding Thanos into the main film would be a bit much.
It would also set up the arrival of Thanos and his army on Earth in Infinity War. The Mind Stone may be the last stone that Thanos collects, allowing for a sequence where he attacks Vision, takes the Stone and the Avengers find themselves largely powerless to stop him. The fight may even occur toward the end of Infinity War: Part I, setting up the second film with a cliffhanger.
2. Stark Unhinged
In Civil War, Tony Stark will be convinced that he’s doing the right thing. To this end, he may fall back on what he’s done in the past and try to come up with a technological solution to his problems. The Iron Legion, the Hulkbuster armor and even Ultron were all created as a way for Stark to try and overcome potential threats, and most of his armors were designed to overcome specific looming threats and his own shortcomings. With heroes resisting registration in Civil War, Stark may begin working on new technology to overcome powered individuals as well.
This tech could then be dug out when Stark fights alongside Steve Rogers in Infinity War. This may keep tensions high between Captain America and Iron Man, though that’s honestly the mode that they work best in. If nothing else, the conflict may help with the creation of new armor designs and abilities that Tony uses in Infinity War.
1. Heroes and Villains United
The development of Crossbones as a villain began in The Winter Soldier, where he proved himself a worthy adversary against Captain America. His return in Civil War looks to continue this development, and may even see the two begrudgingly having to work together depending on the direction that the story goes. If this happens, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see him fight alongside (or maybe against) Chris Evans in Infinity War as well.
It’s possible that Civil War could hint at the creation of a Thunderbolts-like team as well, especially with the inclusion of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (last seen in The Incredible Hulk.) If the Thunderbolts are hinted at, then the team of reformed villains could definitely play a part in the fight against Thanos in Infinity War.