If you read the epic Marvel Comics story arc ‘Civil War’ a few years back, you know that the crux of the story revolved around the superhuman registration act. This required anyone with superpowers to unmask and reveal their identity. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are no secret identities so how is this going to work in the new Captain America: Civil War Movie? Kevin Feige shed some light on this yesterday. Check out what he has to say below and share your thoughts after the JUMP!
During Marvel’s major Phase 3 announcement today, the company revealed the official title of the third ‘Captain America’ film, ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ thus reiterating that the newest installment would indeed pit Cap against Iron Man and bring Marvel’s Civil War storyline to the big screen. But those familiar with that particular story arc might be wondering just how that plot works on the big screen when the superheroes of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe don’t have secret identities.
During the presentation, Marvel studio head Kevin Feige participated in a Q&A where he was asked how they plan on taking the Civil War story from book to screen without a couple of elements — namely, in the comic books, the superheroes (Spider-Man included) are forced to register and unmask, revealing their secret identities, which is the cause for the major rift between Iron Man and Captain America. Via /Film:
I don’t want to give too much away, but needless to say, the generalities of the act are the same. Something happens, perhaps it’s cumulative for things that have happened though all of the movies leading up to this point. It has made the governments of the world say “we need to have some oversight of these guys. They need to report to somebody. So it becomes more… it falls under that umbrella, rather than “you have to take off your mask.” It’s not about the secret identity thing, as much as it is about, overall, who reports to who, and who can agree to oversight committee. Because as of now, in Avengers 2, there is no more security council, there is no SHIELD, obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that will make governments begin to question.
So there you have it. Over the next few films, we’ll be seeing what leads to the cinematic version of the registration act, and how they plan on enacting it. As for whether or not Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige was unable to comment on that today, but we’re still hopeful.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits theaters on May 6, 2016.