Kevin Feige Reveals How He’ll Pull Off ‘Civil War’ Without Secret Identities

By October 28, 2014

Tuesday morning’s highly anticipated Marvel media event in Los Angeles contained a ton of big reveals: the unveiling of their plans for Phase Three, including Captain Marvel and Black Panther standalone films, an Avengers sequel being split into two movies, and much more. But the one that stuck out in my mind is the answer to the very question the Russo Brothers managed to avoid fully answering to press (including yours truly) during their promotional rounds for The Winter Soldier: “Would there be a “Civil War” in Cap’s future?”

The title of the third film was revealed to be Captain America: Civil War, and the movie will be partially based on the 2006 comic book event series “Civil War,” which saw Iron Man and Cap on opposite sides of the “government oversight and hero registration” to the point where lines are drawn and sides are chosen. In “Civil War,” you’re either with Cap or with Stark.


But there’s a slight problem…Spider-Man is kind of a key component to the story as he (SPOILER ALERT) is the first superhero to come forward (with Stark’s convincing) and unmask himself publicly. In “Civil War,” Spider-Man is kind of like the kid caught in the middle of a bitter divorce, with Cap and Stark as the warring parents.

But since Sony has the film rights to Spider-Man, how the hell will this work?


During a brief Q&A following this morning’s event, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige broached this very subject in the vaguest way possible (courtesy of /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.

Hmm…this makes me worry a little BUT here’s hoping they can make a deal with Sony so that Spidey CAN be a part of the film. If not, I’m sure they’ll find some other young superhero to unmask…which ALSO makes me wonder if next summer’s re-release of the “Civil War” event series will have some tweaks made to it as well.

Guess we’ll find out the closer we get to the May 6, 2016 release date, right? Until then, I want to hear what YOU think!

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