9 things you need to know before watching Captain America: Civil War

9 things you need to know before watching Captain America: Civil War

Out of the loop with the Marvel gang? Never fear! Here are some things you need to know before catching up with the team at the cinema

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A showdown between heroes.
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Spider-Man finally gets permission to appear alongside his Marvel friends.
Photo: Marvel

America’s favourite superhero is back. Captain America: Civil War hits cinemas in Hong Kong on Wednesday. But with so many Avengers movies and spin-offs, it can be hard to keep track of what’s going on in the Marvel universe. If you’ve missed a few films and haven’t read the comics, Young Post has compiled nine facts you need to know before you see the third instalment of the Captain America series.

A sequel ... and a new beginning

Civil War functions as a sequel to both The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron. You might hear some fans talking about the different phases of the Marvel Universe. Civil War marks the end of what is known in the Marvel universe as Phase 2 and the beginning of Phase 3. This includes movies that build from and react to Age of Ultron. Phase 1 was about introducing characters to the mass audience. Phase 2 was about experimenting with different types of story and adventure. It seems that this next phase of Marvel films will see the complex backgrounds of the characters coming together in even more extreme adventures.

Heroes fighting heroes

The civil war theme is to do with heroes fighting heroes. Without wanting to spoil too much of the plot, the US government passes a law requiring superheroes to register with the government. Some superheroes, led by Captain America, are against this. Another group of heroes, led by Iron Man, supports it. This leads to a civil war, and for many comic book geeks it is the long-awaited situation of “who would win in a fight between ...?”


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Time to clean up their mess

So how did the heroes ended up in this situation? In The Avengers, the band of superheroes save the world (duh). But, they caused some major damage in the process. So the government is a bit upset about this, and it causes some friction, even back then. Then, in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the damage is so extreme it sort of looks like a crater has hit the earth. (It kind of did.) So the government’s distrust has been building for a while.

Best friends reunite

In Captain America: The Winter Solider, Cap encounters Bucky Barnes, his buddy from back when he was a short, scrawny teen. Barnes had been brainwashed and turned into an assassin ­– The Winter Soldier. At the end of the film, Barnes disappears, seemingly struggling with whether he is a good guy or a bad guy. Now he’s back and Captain America doesn’t want to lose his oldest friend – again.

The man with the wings

The Falcon appeared in Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and The Winter Solider, and is set to become a key character. Otherwise known as Sam Wilson, he started out as Captain Amerca’s running buddy. He is also a war veteran turned hero, but he always maintains he is more of a solider than a superhero.

They’ve got super Vision

If you watched Age of Ultron, you will already know Vision was created by Ultron, an all-powerful artificial intelligence type bad guy. Vision was a bad guy too until Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) reprogrammed him with J.A.R.V.I.S. (the voice Iron Man hears in his suit) codes. Since then, Vision has been helping the Avengers.


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Are you telling me there’s no bad guys?

Nope. Villains will play an important role, too. The main villain has been kept quite secret, but it’s likely someone linked to HYDRA, the terrorist organisation in the Marvel universe. Rumour has it that the baddie will be Baron Zemo, a top scientists in the Nazi Party turned supervillian. He is a regular feature in the comic books but has yet to appear in any film.

No funerals here

In the comic books, a lot of characters die. Many people think some of the big name characters, such as Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America, might be killed off in the movies, but the film producers have made it clear that the films are quite different from the comics.

Here comes the Spider-Man!

Spider-Man hasn’t been in any of the other movies because his character is owned by Sony. But Sony and Marvel recently agreed to let Spidey appear in the Marvel universe, so he’ll be making his first appearance in Civil War.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
9 things you need to know

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