Marvel Announces Title, Release Date, and More Details for Captain America: Civil War
Marvel played a decidedly cruel joke on its fans this afternoon. At their gigantic reveal of Phase 3, fans waited with bated breath as they announced the subtitle of Captain America 3, which is known to be inspired by the Civil War comics. Then, they were sorely disappointed when Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed the subtitle to be Serpent Society. And then, of course, about twenty minutes later, he admitted to having "second thoughts" about the subtitle, and revealed the above title card to raucous cheers.
So Serpent Society is not the real title, but is it a clue? The Serpent Society is a collective of villains in Captain America comics, and they did play a small role in Civil War when they sided with Iron Man against Captain America and joined forces with the Thunderbolts to hunt down anti-registration superheroes. So it's possible that this fake-out was also a wink, and that the Serpent Society will play a significant role in Captain America: Civil War.
Feige also gave fans a few words about the theme of government regulation and accountability in the movie: "Events of the whole cinematic universe will make all governments in the world want regulation. Not so much about secret identity, but about who reports to who."
Feige then brought out the two main stars of Civil War, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. They walked in from opposite sides of the stage and raised their fists when they reached the center.
Acting very much like their characters, the actors had this little exchange:
"This is heartbreaking to me. I can't believe something would come between us," said Evans.
"Yeah well, you know. Get used to it. Sometimes you've just gotta pick a side," said Downey
And then, they introduced the actor who would be forced to "pick a side" during the imminent Civil War: 42 and Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman, playing Black Panther.
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Downey said, "Welcome to the fray…what do you think, do you want to drift one way or the other?"
Boseman remained mostly mum: "Well, Iron Man, Captain America, as much as I respect you both….as much as I respect you both, Black Panther is kind of his own guy. So I'm not going to decide today. In all seriousness, I'm blessed to be part of this Marvel Universe and I'm looking forward to making magic together."
In the comics, (spoiler!) Black Panther tries and fails to reunite Iron Man and Captain America at his and Storm's wedding, and ultimately sides with Captain America and the anti-registration forces. Marvel could easily change this detail, but they probably won't, as it is likely in accordance with his character's personality that he would take a certain ideological stance.
Captain America: Civil War will be released on May 6, 2016.