Marvel Studios has announced that the popular 2006-’07 company-wide crossover “Civil War” comic book storyline will be coming to the Marvel cinematic universe.
As Variety describes it:
Captain America 3 will see Captain America and Tony Stark feuding over the Superhuman Registration Act, a piece of government legislation that mandates all those with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the United States government and work as police force for the powers that be. Stark is a staunch supporter of the program, but Steve Rogers opposes it on that basis that it threatens civil liberties, a similar moral battle we saw him fight in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As you may have guessed from the title, Civil War, the two iconic heroes take opposing sides, sending Rogers and others on the run to avoid arrest.
The story was very popular in the comics, but I’m not so sure it’s going to work on the big screen. I think a moral conflict between superheroes that drags out for years over the space of several films will be a tough sell. It will literally take years to tell this story, one movie installment at a time — unless they do it as a one-shot, say, as the plot of Avengers 3.
Then again, in today’s hyper-politicized, histrionic society — in which a person cannot mention the weather without someone else jumping in and starting a flame war over which political party is to blame — the tale is going to be twisted and cast as a political agenda, and all the entertainment and fun is going to be leeched out of it by political loonies.
At least now we know why Downey has been so coy about Iron Man 4 — Captain America 3 is going to double as Iron Man 4. Downey is reportedly going to bring in $40 million plus back-end participation, so it’s his movie as much as Evans’.