Mark Millar has offered his opinion on Civil War, both his comic book version and what we will be seeing in next year’s Captain America sequel.
Speaking to IGN, Millar – who wrote the Civil War series between July 2006 and January 2007 – opined how the book can translate to the big-screen and what the story was really about.
“The important thing really is the Superhero Registration Act essentially. It has nothing to do with secret identities. Weirdly, people get really hung up on the whole secret identity thing. When I was writing that book, I was thinking about having the superheroes having to expose their identities and get brought under government legislation, and then I said to Marvel, “Who’s got a secret identity?” and they said, “No one.” There’s basically Spider-Man. Everyone, even Daredevil, had given up their secret identity at this point. I was like, alright, so I made it about something else.”
“What it’s about is Iron Man feels anybody who is walking around with a nuclear reactor on their back or whatever should be under government control of some kind. They should be maybe working for the government the same way cops work for local government. And it’s sensible when you think about it. It totally makes sense. You have a license, you make sure this guy is okay, you make sure he doesn’t have a criminal record and all this kind of stuff. And it’s sensible but Captain America’s against it because he comes from a simpler time and he feels superheroes should be autonomous and not be involved in politics. It’s an ideological argument between the two, and that’s all that matters. That’s what Civil War is — it’s Iron Man vs. Captain America, and they’re both right, they’re both good guys. Because the moment you demonize one of them, then the story loses its power. You’ve got to like both of these guys, they’re both correct, and that’s why guys we like go to either side with them, too.”
In the book, Spider-Man reveals his secret identity, something that is unlikely to happen in the movie. Millar also explained Spidey’s role in the original story and how it came about.
“People remember that because it was such a good stunt. It’s a seven-issue series, which is 150 pages or something, and Spider-Man appears it it for three pages, one of which is a splash. It was such a tiny part of it. To be honest, it was just a way of boosting up our sales. We were just sitting there thinking, what can we do with Spider-Man for three pages? And that worked.”
Of course, the roster of characters are going to differ from book to movie, giving the restrictions Marvel have when it comes to the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters that they cannot use in their movie universe, though Millar doesn’t believe this will actually be too much of an issue, especially with the amount of characters already established heading into the superhero showdown.
“I think if you have too many characters, it would be really confusing for that same reason — comic fans will get it, but the regular viewers can handle maybe eight, maybe ten characters on screen. Avengers 2 almost had the problem, it was so many characters it was hard to keep up. So if you have 30 characters fighting, people are going to be lost.”
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
Civil War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl and Martin Freeman, and is out in the UK on 29 April 2016.