Rumor: What Event Starts The Rift Between Heroes In Captain America: Civil War?


(NOTE: This article contains rumors that, if they turn out to be true, will be spoilers for the events of Captain America: Civil War. Be forewarned if you choose to read on!)

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It’s been known ever since Captain America: Civil War was announced that while the themes of oversight and responsibility might be the same as in the Civil War comic book series, the impetus behind the split in the super hero community would have to be different. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has no New Warriors and no Nitro, and might not even have a Stamford for all we know.

(Just kidding. I’m pretty sure there’s a Stamford in the MCU.)

So what could lead us down the path that might not set brother against brother, but might at least put Captain America and Black Widow at odds? I’ve suspected the battle at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron might be enough, but naturally, it’s Heroic Hollywood that might have the answer.

Umberto Gonzalez has been working his sources again, and they claim to have gotten to the bottom of the tragedy that will play out on screen. And it’s kind of a doozy.

Last chance to turn away before the potential spoilers hit hard …

"The rumor is, according to trusted sources, the international incident in the film involving the Avengers that results in collateral damage involves Captain America and Scarlet Witch who are trying to apprehend Crossbones. The only problem is that Crossbones is wearing a suicide vest full of nasty explosives. In order to protect the civilians on the ground, Captain America orders Scarlet Witch to levitate Crossbones above ground. She does and unfortunately is unable to contain the massive explosion that sets off near a populated building causing death and destruction."

If true, that will mark the kind of carnage we’ve not seen in the MCU to date, and Gonzalez is right to mention Man of Steel when he ponders it. One of the criticisms of the way Zack Snyder handled the final battle between Superman and Zod in that film is that it caused a massive amount of collateral damage and seemed to hold civilian lives in very low regard.

It’s fair to wonder if Marvel is prepared to face the same kind of heat. It’s possible that it could claim that it’s the same kind of shock as the comics, or that the way the Avengers went out of their way to protect innocent lives in Age of Ultron provides the kind of contextual contrast we didn’t see in Man of Steel (but might be getting in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, from the looks of the Bruce Wayne scene in the first trailer).

On top of that, it might give additional insight into the post-credits scene from Ant-Man. If Captain America is at the center of the decision gone wrong, he might not be able to operate openly at all, much less call Tony Stark for help. Are the accords specifically set up to keep him from making another big mistake?

In any case, it’s going to be an interesting ride. Captain America: Civil War is in production now, preparing for its May 6, 2016 release.

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