Captain America: Civil War may not be about secret identities or the Superhero Registration Act after all

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Sep 8, 2015

Looks like Captain America: Civil War won’t be about the Superhero Registration Act and secret identities after all.

That’s what a new report over at Birth.Movies.Death. claims. Instead of going down the same route Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War comics have gone, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will take a slightly different approach.


In the Marvel comics, the Civil War storyline revolved around secret identities and the superheroes being forced to share them with the government. But in the upcoming movie, according to the report, "There is no Registration Act. There are Accords, a global move to govern the supeheroes ... many of the world's governments are concerned about a unilateral super-powered strike force that answers to no one now that SHIELD has been destroyed. The divide between Captain America and Iron Man boils down to that famous Latin quote that gave us one of the best comic book stories ever: Who watches the watchmen?"

Interesting. However, just like my colleague over at Comic Book Movie, I too find it hard to believe Avengers 2.5 the third Captain America movie won’t address the question of secret identities in the MCU at all. Although the powers-that-be are aware of most of our beloved heroes’ secret identities — the world knows that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is Iron Man and that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is Captain America, for example, while Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has blown all her covers at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier — there are others who will no doubt fight to keep theirs a secret.

As CBM says, take Hawkeye. Although they know Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is Clint Barton, S.H.I.E.L.D. had no idea he was married and had a family, and he sure as heck won’t want to get his name registered anywhere in order to keep them safe. Another key player in the movie is Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who’ll make his eagerly anticipated MCU debut in Civil War. Peter Parker has spent his life wary of revealing his secret identity in order to protect those he loves, but he still goes public with it in the 2006 comics and sides with Iron Man. 

So, what will be the driving force in the conflict that'll pit Team Captain America and Team Iron Man against each other? It will be "Should superheroes be free to do as they please, ubermenschen inflicting their will on the world? Should superheroes be bound by the whims and changing winds of politics, unable to help people simply because a dictator who has a place on the U.N. Security Council doesn't want anyone interfering in his human rights abuses? Tony Stark, who has become increasingly aware of his responsibility to the world, and Steve Rogers, who has seen everything he believed in undermined when S.H.I.E.L.D. was revealed to be a Hydra front."

What do you guys think?

(Birth.Movies.Death via Comic Book Movie)

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