Which side are you on?
The roll call has been made and Captain America: Civil War looks to be a massive crossover that we are not calling Avengers: 2.5. We are also not going to talk about how there are too many characters in this movie.
Instead, let’s take at a look at the sides that each of the heroes will take in the film, and attempt to explain why these heroes will end up on each side. If you have not read the comics, the Civil War storyline was divided into two camps.
Iron Man leads the side who believes in responsibility and accountability, and that there should be a governing body to oversee heroes and their actions. (If you’re watching Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., that the current plotline with Skye). Meanwhile, Captain America believes that heroes should just do good, and not be pawns of legislation and laws that could seek to control powerful beings for nefarious purposes.
(Possible spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron below)
Iron Man’s Avengers
Iron Man (Tony Stark): His identity is public and he clearly loves order. After all, he did create an army of automatons to do his bidding.
War Machine (Jim Rhodes): His suit was created by Tony Stark, and he has been a long time friend of Tony. Nuff said.
Vision: J.A.R.V.I.S was created by Tony Stark, and it was Tony who decided to have another go at creating artificial life, which lead to the creation of the Vision. Chances are that the Vision would side with Iron Man here.
Even if there was no loyalty to Tony, the Vision is a newly created being and his programing (from his J.A.R.V.I.S days that might still be in his subconscious mind). And seeing Ultron and gang nearly destroy the planet is a sign to the Vision that there needs to be control over those with abilities. But there might be a catch. (See entry on Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff))
Spider-Man: Not much is known about the new Spider-Man, except that he is a teenage Peter Parker. As a budding scientist, the writers can have him be in awe of Tony Stark. And if Tony decides to build Peter an awesome Spider suit (which Tony did in the comics), it could seal their professional and personal relationship.
Ant-Man (Scott Lang): Very little is known of Ant-Man, since the movie is not out yet. We know he’s a thief turned superhero, and what better way to seek legitimacy than to be endorsed by the government, and be labeled as a super hero? Plus, Iron Man will likely know of his record, and use it as an example of having a watchdog oversee the reformed thief, to better placate the feelings the public might have against masked, unknown vigilantes.
Black Panther (T’Challa): Black Panther is another unknown, as he will be introduced in the MCU via this movie. But we know that vibranium was used by Ultron to nearly destroy the planet, so if T’Challa is from Wakanda and is the crown prince, his political status might take precedence over his status as a hero, and he may want to operate openly.
There is a chance that Tony will have Black Panther on his side, to show the world that even a prince follows the rules. As a prince, it can also show that T’Challa sees that being responsible for one’s action is important.
Captain America’s Avengers
Captain America (Steve Rogers): His identity could be public in the MCU. After all, he has been asleep for 70 years prior. The point is, he is always doing what is right, and events of Captain America: Winter Soldier clearly shows that having a group be in control of powerful technology (heli-carriers) and soldiers (Bucky) is not always a good thing.
Falcon (Sam Wilson): His loyalty is to Captain America, and nowhere in the MCU has it shown that he is as close to the rest of the Avengers as he is to Steve. Then again, he does sport a new set of Falcon wings in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and if Stark Technologies were responsible for those, who’s to say that Stark isn’t secretly in control of the Falcon, if not Sam Wilson.
Hawkeye (Clint Barton): Avengers: Age of Ultron showed us the real Clint Barton and he’s a family man with kids. He also said in the movie that everything audiences saw in the movie about his family was off the books, and that Nick Fury took great lengths to set it up for Hawkeye. I don’t see Hawkeye going against that to want to reveal himself, and his family, to another group of controllers.
Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff): In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda wanted two things. The first was to save her people and after she realised that Ultron was bent on killing all humans, she switched sides. There is no arguing that her sense of righteousness is strong, and that she hates to be used by anyone, so I am putting her on Captain America’s team for this.
The other thing she wants, or wanted, is revenge because a bomb created by Stark Technologies destroyed her family. Even if she’s on the side of good, I don’t see her siding with Tony since the lingering hatred for Tony might still exist.
On a side note, the Vision and Wanda were married in the comics. Could she be the cause as to why the Vision would eventually join Captain America’s team?
Winter Soldier/Bucky: He is the former partner of Captain America but a weakening brainwashing by Hydra has made him an enemy of both sides. Both Captain America and Iron Man want him found and stopped, but for different reasons. If and when he turns to be a force for good, he should be on Captain America’s team.
Agent 13 (Sharon Carter): In the comics, Sharon is a S.H.I.E.L.D agent and the love interest of Captain America. She also killed Steve in the comics, though I doubt it will happen here. Her loyalties are unknown, but it’s safe to say she would side with Captain America over Iron Man.
Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff): Her secret is out (all S.H.I.E.L.D files were uploaded to the web in Captain America: Winter Soldier) and she has no use of a secret identity. She has also been trained since young in the Red Room and has proved to be a very effective soldier, but she would be the first to acknowledge that being the pawn of a governing body is a bad idea. She has also appeared in both Iron Man and Captain America movies, so it makes to make her a wild card, that she could jolly well be a spy for either of them. Or could she still be secretly working for Nick Fury, and playing both sides?
Sherwin once held the Matrix of Leadership, but wisely passed it on to the rightful leader of the household.