Top reasons why Marvel’s Civil War film will work

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If you haven’t heard, Marvel is about to have Robert Downey Jr. reprise his role as Tony Stark in Captain America 3 in order to kick off the “Civil War” storyline in the MCU.

“Civil War” centers on the Superhero Registration Act, an act where superheroes are required to unmask themselves and act under government regulation. Iron Man is all for the act since he believes that superhumans are still human and thus will make a mistake that could cost the lives of many. Captain America believes that if a government controls the heroes, then the government would decide who the villains were. He believes this would lead to a superhero military. Cap also believes that liberty and privacy are more important to superheroes.

There are many reasons why skeptics believe that an adaptation of Mark Millar’s “Civil War” wouldn’t work on the big screen, most of them valid reasons. But I’m here to counter-argue some of the reasons why Civil War wouldn’t work by giving you reasons why it WILL.

Marvel Studios knows it doesn’t have the rights to most of Civil War’s key characters

Marvel Studios is not stupid. They didn’t get to where they are now because of making stupid mistakes. The studio has been doing all they can to negotiate with Fox and Sony to share their characters in their Marvel cinematic universe. Spider-Man’s the closest we’ve come to having a non-Marvel Studios character join the MCU. Fox, on the other hand, aren’t willing to play along with the X-Men and Fantastic Four. They know the predicament that they’re in and aren’t willing to risk introducing a massive storyline like Civil War without some sort of plan.

Direct adaptation isn’t a term Marvel Studios uses often

Which brings me to everyone’s biggest complaint about Civil War: How can Civil War work if everyone’s identities are known to the public? Marvel Studios’ films are known to adapt storylines that are closer to the original storylines than the other studios. However, as close as the films are to the comic book storylines they’re still loose adaptations. For example, Ultron’s origins are being changed from Hank Pym creating Ultron to Tony Stark creating him instead. Another example is Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy. In the comics, Yondu was one of the founding members of the Guardians and one of the best archers in the galaxy. In James Gunn’s film, Yondu is a bounty hunter. If the screenwriter (and Feige) feels that a certain piece of storyline doesn’t work then they’ll change it for the film’s benefit.

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You see Marvel Studios won’t be doing a direct adaptation of Civil War. They know it’s impossible to pull off with the state of the MCU and the character rights. People just assume that revealing the identities of the heroes is the key part of Civil War, but it really isn’t. The key to Civil War was seeing the heroes disagreeing and taking sides regarding a major issue. The friction between Captain America and Iron Man is what makes Civil War a Civil War. Creating an issue between the two characters is not that hard to pull off.

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Marvel Studios’ Tony Stark has already shown he is a genius who is prone to reacting out of fear to the decisions that he makes. For all we know, the fallout from Avengers: Age of Ultron might make Tony make another decision to correct the fear of creating another Ultron. Something as simple as hunting down all of Hydra’s “miracles” by any means necessary could be the catalyst Cap needs to go against Tony. But will Tony be the villain in Captain America 3? My educated guess is no, considering plenty of kids look at Iron Man as a hero. To turn him into a villain would not bode well for the general public since you can’t keep your most popular character and turn him into a bad guy. This isn’t pro wrestling. What I see them doing is creating a situation where you don’t know which side you’re on: Cap’s or Tony’s. Thus, creating a debate after Captain America 3’s credits roll on who’s side is right.

Robert Downey Jr. joining Captain America 3 is not a sign that the MCU is “Tony Stark and Friends”

Unlike Sony (who has no idea how to juggle multiple characters) or Fox (who is focused on creating a “Wolverine and friends” X-Men cinematic universe), Marvel Studios knows how to give the right amount of screen time to their major characters.

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While Robert Downey Jr. is the unofficial spokesperson for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s only been in movies where he is needed. Kevin Feige would not have fought hard to convince Ike Perlmutter to pay Robert Downey Jr his massive payday so he can join Captain America 3 and make a “Tony Stark and friends” film. They are spending millions of dollars in order to tell the story that they want to tell. Kevin Feige has a vision for the next six years and he intends on accomplishing his vision. There’s a reason why the phrase “In Feige, We Trust” was coined, because his vision for the Marvel cinematic universe is both exciting and thought provoking. It’s an exciting time to be a Marvel fan.

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