CW_Poster_01So, big news in the world of superhero movies last week when Spiderman showed up in the latest Captain America: Civil War trailer. With some sort of a deal between Disney and Sony finally hammered up they now have Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and both companies can roll around in money. I’m assuming that Sony has all but abandoned the Fantastic 4 once and for all following the disaster of their latest attempt. At the end of the day, with Spiderman in the MCU, we now only have two cinematic universes to track. The X-Men one and the MCU. Or Earth-10005 and Earth-199999 if you’re a real nerd.

Anyhow, Spiderman is now part of the same world where the Avengers run around. He’s played by a younger actor and his costume looks a lot more like it does in the comics. Which is cool.

But it got me to thinking, what the hell is going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days? There was a point when the new Marvel movies were “must see” entertainment for me. I was super excited by the
first Iron Man and I saw probably a string of them on opening weekend. I saw Avengers twice in theaters. But now, it’s 12 movies later, with Captain America: Civil War coming out more or less on the 8th
anniversary of Iron Man’s release. I haven’t seen Iron Man 3 or Ant Man and the only reason I watched Age of Ultron was because I flew across the Pacific Ocean and it was on the plane.

That being said, 10 out of 12 ain’t bad. So we’re going to play a game. I’m going to ask myself some questions about what I think is going in Civil War. I am not going to fact check any of this.

What’s Up With Iron Man?

Amazingly, if you’ve read the Civil War comic series you’ll know that basically, Iron Man is the bad guy for the whole thing. The comic book Civil War revolves around the idea that the government (aka S.H.I.E.L.D.) wants all heroes to register their identities and powers in some kind of superhero database. Obviously, lots of heroes are opposed to this since they guard their secret identities very well. After all, if that information falls into the hands of the villains, suddenly the hero’s personal life and relationships are all easy targets for the bad guys.

Iron Man sees no problem with this since he basically is a) already a public hero b) is running SHIELD at this point and c) lives in a giant fortress anyways so is basically in a constant state of “come at me bro” to all his opponents.

However, he goes way too far in the comics and ends up sentencing non-registered heroes to the Negative Zone, getting into fist fights with Captain Amerca, convincing Peter Parker to go plublic with his identity only to havethat result in Aunt MAy getting killed and finally cloning Thor and accidentally letting clone-Thor kill Black Goliath. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

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