A Call To Arms

Brian Michael Bendis talks to Stephen Jewell about helm­ing the se­quel to Mar­vel’s ul­ti­mate smack­down

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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

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