With the Avengers film gathering so much momentum over the past several months, after a multi-film and decade long lead up, it looks to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012.
Marvel Studios claims that the Avengers is just the end of ‘phase one’ of their comic book film empire, and plans on beginning ‘phase two’ with Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and eventually the Avengers 2. Rumors are swirling that enough groundwork could be laid down over the next couple of years to possibly lead up to one of Marvel Comics’ best-selling story arcs, Civil War.
For those unfamiliar with the Civil War plot here is a synopsis of the famous graphic novel courtesy of cinegeek (dot) com:
In this seven issue series humans have become fearful of super powered types even seeking legislation to get them under control. When a young group of heroes destroys a college and kills many civilians while trying to save them all hell breaks loose. The government issues the “Superhuman Registration Act” a law forcing all super humans, heroes and villains, to reveal their true identities to the government and basically become employees of the U.S. military.
The act splits the superhuman community down the middle with Captain America leading the heroes against the act and Iron Man leading the heroes that support it. The heroes against the act feel that revealing who they are will put their loved ones in danger. The heroes in support of it promise the identities will only be made available to the government.
Already, some of the tension between Iron Man and Captain America has been created between the two leaders of the opposing factions in Marvel’s Civil War. Some of the dialogue and banter between the two philosophically dichotomous characters can be found in the trailer attached to this article.
It would pay an immense amount of fanfare for moviegoers and comic book aficionados if Marvel Studios decided to follow the Civil War storyline, but until then we’ll have to be held over with the release of the Avengers which hits theaters May 4th!
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