Choos­ing sides

Mar­vel’s might­i­est heroes are at each other’s throats again in Civil War II

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With Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War ar­riv­ing in cin­e­mas this month, it seems like an ob­vi­ous move for Mar­vel to re­lease a se­quel to Mark Mil­lar and Steve McNiven’s 2006 orig­i­nal se­ries. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Civil War II scribe Brian Michael Bendis – who’s team­ing up with artist David Mar­quez – the seven- part se­ries is more of a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion than a cyn­i­cal cash- in.

“It wasn’t a case of, ‘ Oh, there’s a movie com­ing out so we should do Civil War II!’” Bendis tells Red Alert. “It was more like, ‘ We’ve got this story, that clearly sounds like it’s Civil War II, so we might as well call it that.’”

Be­gin­ning with the emer­gence of a new In­hu­man who can fore­see the fu­ture, the comic’s cen­tral premise has been com­pared to Mi­nor­ity Re­port. “It’s not about pre­dict­ing crimes so much as pre­dict­ing fu­ture events, and what level of ac­cu­racy does this power have,” ar­gues Bendis. “It’s like, ‘ If you’re 80% sure that this guy is go­ing to kill that guy, do you ar­rest him be­fore­hand or even kill him?’ What about 70% or 20%? Where do you draw the line?”

While Iron Man and Cap­tain Mar­vel head up the ri­val fac­tions, Cap­tain Amer­ica again plays a prom­i­nent role, and in­trigu­ingly there are now two Sen­tinels of Lib­erty in Sam Wil­son and Steve Rogers, who re­cently clashed over their prin­ci­ples. “Steve and Tony al­ready went to the mat that one time, so they might not be so horny to do it all over again,” rea­sons Bendis. “There isn’t an as­sem­bled team in the Mar­vel Uni­verse that com­pletely agrees about this, so the one thing that is sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal Civil War is that there isn’t a fam­ily or team that isn’t in dan­ger of break­ing up over this.”

Civil War # 0 and a Free Comic Book Day is­sue are out in May. Civil War # 1 fol­lows in June.

Thanos ar­rives on stage and bursts into song; his back­ing dancers aren’t happy.

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