Friday, September 6, 2013

Is AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Going to Set Up an Eventual Marvel Cinematic Civil War?

Let's not jump to big conclusions until we see more of Marvel Studios' Phase 2 movies before assuming anything about Avengers: Age of Ultron. Deal? Okay, moving on so we can speculate based on some new comments made by Marvel executive Louis D'Esposito to IGN about the leadership in The Avengers sequel.

“Well, [Tony Stark is] leading the team with Captain America and… I don’t know where he’s at 100%. We’re still developing the screenplay and Joss Whedon is writing furiously to get that finished, but obviously I’ve seen a couple of drafts."

In The Avengers, Stark and Steve Rogers butt heads as Rogers tells Stark to "Put on the suit..." so they can go toe-to-toe and fight. Luckily, this is at the same moment "Dark Hawkeye" begins his attack on the Helicarrier, and as instructed to due so because of the influence Loki has over him.

During the Battle of New York, in The Avengers, Stark tells Captain America to "Call it..." so Rogers issues orders to all the team members including that fantastic moment when he tells Hulk to smash. So it appeared Stark and Rogers were finally able to work together. 

Now, based on D'Esposito's new comments, it sounds like Stark and Roger may be at odds once again in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This shouldn't be a big surprise but it also sounds like Marvel Studios and writer/director Joss Whedon might be setting up a potential Marvel Civil War story line for the big screen.

In the comics universe, the Civil War event focused on pitting Iron Man against Captain America. Stark was on one side and he wanted super powered individuals to register their powers with the government. Rogers was on the other side and against the Registration Act.  This isn't to say Civil War is looming in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but having Iron Man and Cap'n leading the Avengers could be a way to start a much bigger conflict between the two heroes. (Again, these are all guesses right now.)

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