I have had the same conversation three times this week. A friend will sidle up to me and say ‘I love the new Civil War trailer but it doesn’t look much like the comic book everyone has been banging on about for years’ to which I’ll reply by slamming my head on the closest desk or desk-like surface. I didn’t think we still had this problem. I’m going to let you all in on a secret right now: Marvel have been lying to us for some time. The comic version of Age of Ultron takes place in an alternate future where half the superheroes are dead. The comic version of The Winter Soldier involves Captain America using the tesseract (which is called the cosmic cube in the comics) to wish Bucky back to normal. None of it is like the comics, but there is nothing wrong with that.
Apart from the obvious problems with Fox owning a third of the Marvel Universe, there are a lot of good reasons why Marvel Studios have decided not to follow the exact plot of the comic books. To follow the entire plot of the Marvel Universe would require Marvel to accurately recreate over sixty years chronologically, the majority of which is very dated. The budget required to recreate some Marvel events would be staggering and many heroes would barely get more than two lines. That being said, I have seen the argument floating around the internet that Civil War could just be a recreation of the comics as we have already had a lot of set-ups from previous films for the universe. It is the dumbest idea I have ever heard.
Scroll back up to the top of the page and count the number of super heroes that you don’t know in that picture. Even if you are a major comic book fan, do it. You’re back? Good. I counted around seventeen heroes and villains in that picture that haven’t played a major role in a film or TV series. How confused do you think everyone is going to be when all of these super heroes suddenly appear from nowhere. There’s still people that think that the guy in the all black suit with a panther motif is Batman ‘finally joining the Avengers’. It’s Black Panther people. If you don’t know who he is, I wrote a handy guide right here.
No, Civil War will be nothing like Mark Millar’s graphic novel but that’s fine because I personally believe it might prove even better. The Civil War graphic novel was immensely ambitious and was only just held together by a combination of good writing and an audience who were willing to suspend their disbelief to the point of insanity. Now we have two small forces fighting over a more personal matter. I know they are still doing the Registration Act with the Sokovia Accords, but the real fight seems to revolve around Bucky. This should balance the story and allow the it to be a lot more streamlined while giving all the involved characters enough screen time, even though it’s still going to be a struggle. Captain America: Civil War will be a good film no matter what it’s relation to the comic books is and if this article doesn’t convince you then maybe you should watch the trailer one more time.