For the past few weeks, Marvel Comics has repeatedly dropped teaser images for Civil War II, the next summer event which will pit Captain Marvel against Iron man in an ideological battle over the future: Specifically, whether or not you should use the ability to stop crimes before they actually occur. Carol Danvers believes that's a valid strategy, while Tony Stark wants to allow events to unfold naturally. It's this conflict that will spark the new series from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez.
As with the first Civl War event, this division between two of the most prominent Avengers will inevitably cause other heroes to take one side or another, and now Marvel has finally dropped a pair of teasers by artist Jim Cheung (in the gallery below) to let us know who's on which side.
First, there's the formidable Team Carol, made up of Captain America (Steve Rogers), She-Hulk, Spectrum, Blue Marvel, Winter Soldier, Vision, War Machine, Medusa, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, and Hawkeye. Then, there's Team Tony, made up of Captain America (Sam Wilson), Black Widow, Deadpool, Hulk, Thor (Jane Foster), Miss America, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Star-Lord, and Hercules. There are a lot of close friends on different sides in this one, including War Machine and Iron Man, the two Captains America, and Black Widow and Hawkeye, so it'll be interesting to see how the different factions take shape in that light.
So, we seem to have our teams in place, but don't be surprised if they grow in the coming weeks. Past Civil War II teasers have featured more Mutant character, including Jean Grey, and the Marvel Universe is certainly vastly bigger than the groups depicted here. We don't know, for example, where Black Bolt might come down, or Kamala Khan, or Black Panther. So expect to see this scenario get more complicated as the promotional campaign move forward.
Civil War II kicks off with a #0 issue that drops on Free Comic Book Day (May 7), followed by the main series launch in June.