With the film just a few weeks away, I was thinking about where the characters will be when Civil War reaches its end credits (and its two scenes after the film). Be warned, I have not seen the film and this is all speculation based on my theories, fan ideas and glimpses from the released trailers. I will break down what all the characters will be doing following the film.
Captain America/Steve Rogers
With this film being centrally still on Steve Rogers (apparently, but this will be crowded!), the biggest personal effect I believe will be to the super soldier. From the evidence in the film, it looks like Bucky is still not 100% himself. With what looks like attempts on the lives of Tony Stark and Rhodes/War Machine, it seems fitting that Bucky may finally face his maker after Cap tries his best to save his best friend. My only evidence for this is that Bucky is still warped from his Winter Soldier persona and there seems to be so many people that want to eliminate Bucky. This I believe will result in the big rift lasting till at least the next Avengers film. Captain America will possibly be looking for revenge against Tony as I believe Iron Man will deliver the killing blow to Buck. Steve will be out for blood, but will probably be in the shadows for a while.
Iron Man/Tony Stark
As mentioned, I believe Tony Stark will be in some hot water for killing Bucky. I also reckon that Captain America will be hot on his heels for some time as there is a point in the trailer when Natasha Romanoff says “I’m not the one that needs to watch their back”. This could be near the conclusion of the movie and Iron Man may be deeply considering his actions after what unfolds. If the film is anything like the source material, we will see Iron Man really go to extreme lengths to bring his idea of order to life. Also, I reckon this will see Tony pushed more to the side by his fellow Avengers if he does indeed murder the former war hero. Maybe Stark will hope to redeem himself in the Infinity Wars films?
Why mention Hawkeye now? Just because I can, no reason is needed. If I am being honest, Barton is probably going to be one of the least affected characters from this film. Though initially quitting the Avengers at the conclusion of Age Of Ultron, it looks like he will be roped in easily enough. But, with his own family to look after, Hawkeye will probably just want to go back to them and forget what happens. Will the Civil War affect him? Of course it will. But, with many more characters emerging, maybe this could be the true swansong for Barton to go live a quiet life and leave Cap and co!
Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
Though Black Widow will clearly be fighting with Cap at first in the Avengers 2.0, she will then move to Team Iron Man as the movie progresses. But from the trailer, it looks like she will soon be regretting her choice. Steve and Natasha clearly have a great working history, whether it is in the Avengers films or their fantastic chemistry throughout THE WINTER SOLDIER film, and I reckon this will cause one or two clashes between her and the leaders of the factions. In the end though, I reckon she will go back to being a spy and want no more to do with protecting the world…at least until a certain titan appears and threatens the world.
Scarlet Witch/ Wanda Maximoff
Originally having a hatred for Stark in AGE OF ULTRON, I am sure this carries over to her choice in some way to join Cap. Where she probably is one of the least established characters in the MCU, I wonder where Wanda Maximoff will be once the credits roll. I have this feeling she will probably want to go into the shadows. I doubt she will see a fate the same as her on-screen brother, but I have a feeling she may just disappear once this film is over. I hope I am wrong and I really hope she gets a more prominent arc (maybe the love of The Vision could be worth seeing on the big screen).
Speaking of The Vision, we know there will be a definite swing to him staying on Tony’s side as he is partially only alive (robot, alive, something like that) as Stark did create him. The relationship between him and Wanda will be interesting to see as he did save her in AGE OF ULTRON and the new trailer shows them definitely against each other. What I would like to see is The Vision taking a little journey into space to eventually see the…GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! Maybe he will have a part in the next film after he also abandons Tony and wants a new life. Then he accidently gets caught by Thanos and the infinity stone in his head is ripped out to go to the lovely gauntlet.
This is one character we definitely know to a degree where he is going. Scott Lang will be teaming up with Hope Van Dyne as she suits up as The Wasp in 2018. Leaving Civil War, I reckon he will no longer go all fanboy around the heroes as he is bound to see a side or two of what they are really like. I think a more serious and focused Ant-Man will be the result of his part of the film. Maybe he could help out Spider-Man with his start as a hero and help him go down a better path after already seeing prison and conflict. Also, let’s hope we also see Giant-Man too!
General “Thunderbolt” Ross
After nearly eight years since William Hurt debuted as the very questionable General Ross and showed he was a great rival to one of the most popular characters in Marvel history. While his involvement in Civil War may not be too huge, it would be great to see him take on Bruce Banner once again and see their conflict happen in a future film. With a possible Hulk film maybe still 4 years away at least, it will certainly be worth the wait if we finally get a Hulk movie which will be fun but also see the two actually reach a conclusion to their rivalry.
After getting a peak of the fictional country Wakanda and seeing the villainous Ulysses Klaue (still a weird way of saying Claw!), we have plenty of teases already leading into his own solo film. Black Panther is definitely going to springboard from this movie and T’Challa will be going into a new realm for the MCU. After he has fought for Tony Stark and had a few fights with Cap and Bucky, I am sure we will then see him become the heroic figure we see in the comics when 2018 comes round. What his future holds is not too clear, but more Wakanda and more Klaue is definitely welcome. Maybe a Black Panther tease in the post credit scene(s)?
War Machine/James Rhodes
He isn’t going to die. I don’t know where Rhodey will go after this movie, but he won’t die.
While Falcon may not have had much of an impact in the 2015 MCU films (but did have some fun cameos), it will be nice to see where he is come Civil War. I want in the distant future to see Falcon eventually take on the Captain America role once Steve Rogers departs (death or otherwise). Anthony Mackie is definitely a fantastic actor and took a D list superhero and made him so cool. But after the Civil War? I just want him to still be kicking arse and maybe being back-up for maybe Black Panther to fill his on-screen gap after this movie.
The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes
Sorry, I think he will die. Unlike Rhodey.
Baron Helmut Zemo
We know almost nothing about this character so far. We know he is supposed to be the main villain of this film. I believe he will be a character more in the shadows in this movie and possibly be setting up some plans that will come up in Civil War and more that will appear later in the MCU. Zemo is a very popular villain and is someone who is known for manipulating people against his enemies, including Cap. I think this is the character we know the least about for a potential future, and the MCU needs another menacing recurring villain to cause trouble in its future.
Agent 13/Sharon Carter
I actually forget Emily VanCamp was in this film. I don’t think we will get a lot of time with Sharon Carter, except it may show her and Cap in some kind of relationship. Her future, I really don’t know!
A former S.H.I.E.L.D. strike team commander, his allegiance to HYDRA was revealed in THE WINTER SOLDIER and he was able to hold his own in a fight or two. Now, he is Crossbones and looks like he can punch you through 10 walls in a row. I think he will be around after this film, but where he will next pop up is not clear. I reckon a move to the MARVEL/NETFLIX side of the MCU would be a great move. How about see him take on Iron Fist? I can’t see a future on the movies is there for the character, but giving him a chance on the small screen could be fun.
The character we really wanted the MCU to have Spider-Man, and now is the right time. After AGE OF ULTRON, the film series did need a bit of a refresher. Ant-Man showed that taking risks in the MCU can still pay off and was clearly superior to the ensemble film that came before it. Spider-Man is a truly popular character, he will certainly be a good way to bring new blood into the established world and set up the potential Avengers 3.0 (which I reckon will be after Infinity Wars it shall be Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America/Falcon, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow and maybe Thor because Asgard will be destroyed…maybe!). Spider-Man will go into his own film with a sense of uncertainty after the Civil War events. Peter Parker is certain to maybe be a character in the shadows of New York and only emerge as a hero when the time comes (hopefully it will be against a proper Venom or maybe Doc Ock!). He will not trust his heroes that he grew up seeing and wanted to be like, and I am sure a superior Spider-Man (I apologise for that one) will come to light and set an example of a pure-blooded hero!
What do you think will happen to the characters? Who will survive (apart from those who have got their own films still to come in Phase Three)?
Captain America: Civil War is out 29th April 2016 in the UK and 6th May in the US.
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove