A Call To Arms
Brian Michael Bendis talks to Stephen Jewell about helming the sequel to Marvel’s ultimate smackdown
It’s Stark vs Danvers in Civil War 2!
With Captain America: Civil War hitting the big screen and also the tenth anniversary of the first
Civil War mini-series, you’d think a sequel to Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s landmark 2006 seven-parter would be an obvious move. But according to Brian Michael Bendis, this year’s big Marvel event wasn’t conceived as a sequel. As Bendis explains it, he and Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso had been talking over the months “about our frustrations about the state of the world, and the comic book world that we were writing about, and ‘wouldn’t it be great to find a story that would put the heroes in a kind of moral conundrum’. We then went to [Marvel publisher] Dan Buckley with the pieces that we had, and he said ‘This is Civil War II!’”
After Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s follow-up last year to 1984’s inaugural Marvel crossover
Secret Wars, Bendis was open to the idea. “Years ago, I’d wondered why we don’t do sequels to those big events,” he says. “Some of them kind of hit a peak like with Secret
Invasion, where we kind of hit Skrull-peak, so we’re not going to do another one of those. But there are other events, where I thought so much has been invested in them that if there was another story to tell, if it wasn’t just a beat-by-beat shitty rip-off and if it continued the story in a good sequel-like way, such as with The Godfather II, then we should consider it.
“The idea we’ve come up with is completely different from the first Civil War. But thematically it puts the heroes in opposition to each other, so no matter what we