Many of you, comic fans and not, will have heard of the upcoming blockbuster film Captain America: Civil War, releasing May 6th this year. What you may not know is that the same month that the film is releasing, Marvel Comics is releasing a sequel series called Civil War II. The synopsis reads:
“A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy. This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.”
Of course, Marvel is keeping tight wraps on the upcoming arc, but it has been confirmed that a major, high-profile character will be killed off in the miniseries to avert a catastrophe, kicking off the arc proper. Even better, their death will come at the hands of a fellow hero! Killing off a major character as a marketing hook isn’t exactly a surprising decision considering Captain America (Steve Rogers) was killed off in the first Civil War (of course, he got better, because comic booooooks), but whether or not the death will last for more than a year or so is rather doubtful. It’s also known that the high profile character that will die is not either Spider-Man (Peter Parker) or the Human Torch.
The premise is certainly very interesting, however (as always) I have a few quibbles. Let’s take a look at the artwork below.
According to this cover, Spider-Man (Parker) and She-Hulk are siding with Captain Marvel. Not only is it completely out of character for Spider-Man to support this cause, but She-Hulk siding with Captain Marvel (friendship aside) is a rather poor choice, considering that she is a practising (or at least, qualified) lawyer – due process is kind of her thing…Admittedly, the judicial system in the Marvel Universe isn’t exactly all that great, judging from the number of villains that seriously run pretty much all over the place, but I’d think as a lawyer, She-Hulk should be well aware of the various legal and moral issues surrounding preemptive justice. Perhaps she’ll take up a role similar to that of Spider-Man in the first Civil War?
This also seems like a way to conveniently whitewash Tony Stark after a streak of bad press – the first Civil War and its aftermath, his moral inversion in 2014 (unleashing his egocentricity once more) and his actions with the Illuminati preceding the events of Secret Wars.
In any case, tell me your thoughts – who do you think will die?