Rumored Breakdown of the Massacre that Sets Off Captain America: Civil War

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 2:15PM
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Captain America: Civil War
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 2:15PM
Rumored Breakdown of the Massacre that Sets Off Captain America: Civil War
In Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man and Captain America will come to ideological blows about the Superhuman Registration Act, splitting Marvel's superhero universe down the middle. Thus far, we don't know what incites the government to draft the Superhuman Registration Act, except for a vague reference to an "international incident" in the official synopsis:

Opening quote
"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."
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In the Civil War comics, this "incident" is known as the Stamford Incident, in which the New Warriors, a group of young superheroes who star in their own reality TV show, attempt to catch the supervillain Nitro in order to boost their ratings. They botch the attempt, and Nitro blows up several city blocks, including an elementary school, killing 600 innocent civilians, 60 of them children. 

But according to Heroic Hollywood, the incident has been altered considerably in Captain America: Civil War in order to fit in with Marvel's Cinematic Universe. We already knew that the event would involve Frank Grillo's Crossbones rather than Nitro, but according to trusty rumor monger Heroic Hollywood, it will involve Captain America and Scarlet Witch as well:

Opening quote
"The rumor is, according to trusted sources, the international incident in the film involving the Avengers that results in collateral damage involves Captain America and Scarlet Witch who are trying to apprehend Crossbones. The only problem is that Crossbones is wearing a suicide vest full of nasty explosives. In order to protect the civilians on the ground, Captain America orders Scarlet Witch to levitate Crossbones above ground. She does and unfortunately is unable to contain the massive explosion that sets off near a populated building causing death and destruction."
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Heroic Hollywood is fairly hit or miss with their rumors, but this one actually makes sense. Frank Grillo is pretty far down on the cast list, which would be consistent with his character dying in the opening sequence, and we would expect the incident to more directly involve the Avengers than it did in the comics.

It would also explain these recent set photos from Captain America: Civil War:

New Rumor About the Stamford Incident that Sets Off Civil War

New Rumor About the Stamford Incident that Sets Off Civil War

The real question becomes: is the "populated building" a school? I wouldn't be surprised if Marvel took that element out of it, as it's darker than they are usually willing to get, but I hope they don't. The storyline would have much more resonance if it paralleled current events, and if a Newtown storyline were done right, it would give the film a gravitas that previous Marvel films have been lacking.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Via Comic Book Movie.
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