The ramifications of Captain America: Civil War will be felt throughout most of the MCU. How much each of the characters will be affected by it will be different. Before Civil War was released, I had my predictions for Phase Three along with some things I hope will happen. I want to add to those predictions now that the first movie in Phase Three has been released and essentially set the tone for the rest of the films. Also I want to geek out a little of some of the Easter Eggs throughout the movie. There will be plenty of SPOILERS for Civil War so if you haven’t seen it yet, I wouldn’t keep reading.
To very quickly recap the end, the Sokovia Accords have been approved and anyone with powers must adhere to them or suffer criminal prosecution. Steve Rodgers has given up the mantle of Captain America in protest and is hiding out in Wakanda with Bucky Barnes (who is wanted in connection to a lot of killings including Howard and Maria Stark) under the protection of T’Challa. The other members of Team Cap (Wanda Maximoff, Scott Lang, Sam Wilson, and Clint Barton) have been rescued from The Raft, a Supermax prison, by Cap and are on the run as well. Natasha Romanoff is also in the wind after helping Cap and Bucky escape arrest. This leaves Tony Stark, Vision, Peter Parker, and a broken back James Rhodes as the New Avengers.
The next film coming up for Phase Three is Doctor Strange and I think the events of Civil War will not matter for the Stephen Strange solo film until the end. The story of Strange is that he was a brilliant surgeon in New York whose hands were damaged in a car accident. Wanting to find a way to regain function in his hands, he travels the world looking for any scientific breakthroughs to help him. Along the way he meets the Ancient One who teaches Strange the art of the mystical.
My thoughts on how Doctor Strange and Civil War will relate is Strange will have already been in his accident and is traveling the world when the hero on hero battle takes place in Germany. When he comes back to New York the Sokovia Accords will be in full effect with Team Cap long on the run. When Strange has a big mystical showdown in New York or does something magical that catches the attention of the Avengers, Stark will send Parker in to investigate. There are photos of Tom Holland visiting the New York shoot of Doctor Strange so it would be safe to guess he is going to have a cameo in the film. Now that Parker is a member of the New Avengers and lives in New York, it makes the most sense for him to see what this new powered person in the Big Apple is up to.
Next will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which James Gunn has already come out and said that the sequel to the space adventure will not tie into anything else in Phase Three. This leaves Spider-Man: Homecoming to be the next film that will have to deal with ramifications of the Sokovia Accords. Before Stark came in and recruited Parker to be an Avenger, Peter was doing the small crime fighting thing on the streets of New York trying to make a difference in his little corner of the world. Now the Accords are in place and Parker will no longer be allowed to use his abilities to help others without it causing all sorts of problems. I think this is going to an issue for him and possibly put him at odds with his mentor, Stark. I don’t see Parker being okay with standing by and watching bad people get away with doing things when he can do something to help. Eventually there is going to have to be a big bad that will threaten the lives of everyone in New York and Spider-Man will be allowed to go and do his thing with the permission of the UN, but he could still face consequences for wanting to continue with his street level crime fighting.
I think Homecoming is going to be the film where everyone starts to question whether or not the Accords were a good idea. Eventually the Accords either have to go away to be altered because Scott Lang has to be cleared to go back home to San Francisco in time for Ant-Man and the Wasp. How do you think the Accords will affect the characters and movies in Phase Three?
Some fun little Easter Eggs that had me geeking out thru Civil War:
Some of the trigger words for the Winter Soldier programing in Bucky were definitely references to various things in the MCU. The word “homecoming” was used possibly in reference to Spider-Man coming home to the MCU and his solo movie title. “One” “Nine” and “Seventeen” were the other words possibly alluding to Steve Rodgers’ birth year (1917). Also “Freight Car” is another word in the sequence possibly referring to Bucky falling from a freight car in Captain America and being found by Hydra.
Lots of fans were happy to see Scott Lang become Giant Man. There was a lot of cheering in the theater I was in. In the comics, for a time Hank Pym was able to re engineer his formula to make himself huge and he took on the name Giant Man.
Peter Parker talked about “that really old movie” Empire Strikes Back when he had an idea to take down Lang as Giant Man. Bucky losing his arm could also be another Star Wars reference, but Bucky lost his left arm not his right as Luke does in Empire.
In the comics, FRIDAY was a secretary hologram Tony Stark had created and she had red hair. Of course when Stark said he envisioned FRIDAY as having red hair, most likely he was thinking of Pepper Potts.
The Jim Rash cameo was awesome! He was very much like his Dean Pelton character from the show Community. The Russo Brothers directed several episodes of Community including a paintball, action movie themed series of episodes that helped to get them the job of directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
I really loved that we finally got to see the Spider-Man symbol that is used so much in the comics, but never in the films. The MCU is telling fans they are going to stay true to the source material and it is pretty awesome.
Watching Vision and Wanda attempt to connect was very adorable and it does help to push the idea of a possible romance between the two in the future. What could be interesting is the events of Civil War and Infinity Wars starting to set up Wanda to become a villain for Phase Four. She is scary powerful and the loss of her brother and maybe the loss of Vision could push her over the edge.
I know there are so many other Easter Eggs, but those were my particular favorites. What was your favorite Easter Eggs in Civil War?
How do you think the Sokovia Accords will affect the other MCU films? Do you think we are going to see the Sokovia Accords play a minor role in Doctor Strange? Or possibly a major one in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Sound off in the comments section below.