As Captain America: Civil War draws closer to its spring 2016 release, Marvel Studios is gearing up with early merchandising that includes brand new Captain America toys, or collectibles, so the adults with no children don’t feel silly displaying their assortment. Adding to the new line of toys, the studio has also released a poster that implies a conflict with Captain America (Chris Evans) and the rest of the Avengers divided and in the midst of a battle. The first poster for Captain America: Civil War revealed a conflict between Captain America and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), so this was to be expected, but now it seems to be a much bigger clash than had been previously implied.
New Toys And New Artwork Serve As A Prelude To Captain America: Civil War
Marvel and parent company, Walt Disney Studios, are pushing the concept of a divided Avengers, which pits Team Stark against Team Rogers. All of the new Captain America: Civil War promo artwork centers around this idea that fans will have to choose a side. Marvel and Disney are hoping this will drive up their merchandising sales, but how will it work for ticket sales? Will fans buy into the idea that they will have to choose between their favorite superheroes? Who are the good guys in this fight, anyway? Can it be said that any of them are truly bad? More importantly, when all is said and done, how will they come together as a unified force?
There’s also one more little reveal among the posters that fans are probably already picking up on. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johanson, appears in posters for both teams, suggesting she’s playing both sides. This wouldn’t be the first time Black Widow played double agent, but, in this case, she may be the only one capable of ending the Avengers’ civil war.
Captain America: Civil War Spoilers May Reveal The Catalyst That Drove The Avengers Apart
It seems the new Captain America war will run with the saga that will continue in Avengers: Infinity War, which is to focus around intergalactic villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his quest for the six infinity gems. Currently, Vision (Paul Bettany) is in possession of one of those gems, the blue infinity gem. If the films are to follow the Marvel comic books, Captain America: Civil War will bring Thanos one step closer to achieving his goal of attaining the gems and accessing their infinite power by delivering the blue stone to him.
In the comic books, which provide source material for the films, Vision is in love with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). It’s this love that sends him over the edge and fleeing from Earth, as she’s killed in a Captain America: Civil War battle. As Vision travels through space, he meets up with Thanos, who takes the blue stone from him.
For this to happen, however, a romance would have to develop between Vision and Scarlet Witch early on in Captain America: Civil War, so that Scarlet’s death would have the maximum impact on Vision. As they each serve on opposite sides in the Avengers’ civil war, there may also be an element of guilt on Vision’s part. Certainly, feeling as though he had played a part in Scarlet Witch’s demise would contribute to driving Vision away from Earth.
It seems Captain America: Civil War will serve as the backdrop for several sagas coming together as the driving forces behind the coming Infinity War to be seen in the next Avengers film. As so many different factors collide, it brings us back around to the question of whether or not the Avengers can reunite so soon after their internal battle to fight a greater threat.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled for a May 6 theatrical release.
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