The lines have been drawn. Marvel is going to war again this year in their crossover series Civil War II, a thematic sequel to the 2006 story, Civil War.
Since Marvel’s newest film, Captain America: Civil War, was inspired by the comic and releases on May 6, it’s not a bad time for Marvel to revisit the bloodshed, even if the original Civil War was pretty eh.
For Civil War II, Marvel has established the two opposing sides, and more importantly, what they’re fighting for: An emerging “new power” that can predict the future, both good and bad. The heroes are then left to question: can they use it judiciously to prevent future crimes? Or do they even have a right to use in the first place?
Check out the two camps below, led by Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) who presently captains Marvel’s Alpha Flight against Tony Stark. Stark spearheads the current Avengers team and is somehow opposed to this sort of thing (the exact opposite of his stance in the original Civil War).
On Team Danvers: Monica Rambeau, She-Hulk, Ant-Man, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Blue Marvel, Medusa, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Vision, War Machine, Spider-Man.
And on Team Stark: Black Widow, Luke Cage, Deadpool, Totally Awesome Hulk, Hercules, Black Panther, Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (Jane Foster), America Chavez, Star-Lord, Daredevil.
The newest story is a diversion from the original Civil War: Its themes about post-9/11 security, privacy, and accountability sound like the Marvel staff had a screening of Minority Report and thought it was a good idea to revisit — so did CBS, which adapted it as a short-lived TV series last fall.
These sides are … confusing, to say the least. Especially Steve Rogers and Spider-Man fighting on the side of predictive power, which sounds like a blemish on the face of liberty, which is everything Captain America supports. At least there’s still a Cap on the other side, led by Tony Stark, of all people, who was on the other side the first time and won. And since it’s the ex-Falcon, this new Civil War will be especially personal.
Spider-Man is an odd choice. Peter Parker is a rich tech CEO now, but still tries to be one of the common people. Well, fighting for an invasive power is less Steve Jobs and more Donald Trump, Mr. Parker. For shame.
Personally, I’m stoked about Kamala Khan fighting her idol, Carol Danvers. Kamala isn’t shown in the covers above, but she is in another variant, tearing up Danvers’ photo. Khan’s background as a Muslim-American is especially resonant, and it’ll be heartbreaking to see this kid have to turn on her hero.
Marvel’s Civil War II releases in May, alongside Captain America: Civil War coming May 6.