Captain America: Civil War is going to split the Marvel Cinematic Universe in half with a hatchet! And sides will be drawn, hence the title. As we know from the comic books, the two leaders standing on each side of these splintering factions are Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. What we don't know is who sides with who. A new rumor claims to have our answer. But is it true? Or is this just deductive reasoning?
Avengers: Age of Ultron gave us a pretty good idea about who will be siding with Captain America as the Unite States and other countries establish the Superhero Registration Act, which will identify each superhuman crime fighter and make them responsible for their actions. In Captain America: Civil War, the Act will be known as the Sokovia Accords. The new Avengers include Vision, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and War Machine with Steve and Black Widow co-leading the crew. You'd assume they would all stick with Cap through these trying times, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Heroic Hollywood claims that some of Steve's most trusted friends slide over to team Stark. Most believed that Black Widow, who once made out with Rogers on an escalator, would stick close to her fellow captain. Nope, she is more interested in helping Stark. As expected, Captain America will be helped along by his trusted friends Falcon and Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier). Hawkeye will be on his side. As will Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man), who presumably helps Cap free the Winter Soldier from a deadly vice as hinted at in the Ant-Man post-credit stinger. Sokovia native and New Avenger Scarlet Witch will also be on Team Rogers.
So who does that leave for Tony Stark? Her motives have yet to be revealed, but Black Widow abandons her good friends Captain America and Hawkeye to instead join Iron Man. Is she a double agent, working from the inside? Entirely possible. In a surprising twist, other New Avenger Vision goes with her. But we always expected War Machine to stay with his pal Stark. And the new Spider-Man? His alliances could have gone either way, as we don't really know too much about him, or how strongly his arc will follow what we see in the comic books. For right now, he's sticking close by Iron Man.
The original story had Spider-Man stuck firmly in the middle between Stark and Rogers. He first sides with Iron Man, who gets Peter Parker to reveal his identity to the world. But Spidey eventually moves over to the side of Captain America. Though, during their time spent together, Tony does make a quick study of Peter and develops a way to beat his powers with his Iron Man suit. Will all that happen in the movie? Right now, Tom Holland's Peter Parker is believed to only have a cameo. Some recent rumors have called it an 'extended cameo' that features the wall-crawler locked in an epic fight that will be remembered for how dorky and cool it is. But will there be a lot of runtime left to tell Parker's side of this epic story?
Now you may be wondering where Black Panther is in all of this. Chadwick Boseman is being introduced as T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War before he gets his own standalone movie in 2018. Kevin Feige has already confirmed that Black Panther, who is from Wakanda, a sovereign nation of South Africa, will remain neutral. Amidst all the fighting, T'Challa will be on a mission, which may have to do with the death of his father.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. You can check out the team rosters in these two handy graphics that were made by Heroic Hollywood. We're definitely on Captain America's side! Who's team are you on?