THINGS WE LEARNED FROM CAP­TAIN AMER­ICA: CIVIL WAR

AND WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE FU­TURE OF THE MAR­VEL CIN­E­MATIC UNI­VERSE

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APTAIN AMER­ICA: Civil War packs a lot in over the course of its run­ning time, from ma­jor char­ac­ter re­veals to mi­nor Easter eggs. All will end up hav­ing an im­pact on the fu­ture of the Mar­vel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse. Be warned: spoil­ers abound! af­ter his bat­tle with Tony Stark. “Ul­ti­mately, drop­ping the shield is a re­jec­tion of the Cap­tain Amer­ica iden­tity,” says co-direc­tor Joe Russo. This opens the door for Chris Evans to ap­pear in as Rogers, while al­low­ing some­one else to don the man­tle of Cap­tain Amer­ica.

The movie finishes with Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in charge of just two Avengers, a crip­pled War Ma­chine and a dis­af­fected Vi­sion, while also fu­ri­ous with Rogers for with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion about the mur­der of his par­ents, Howard and Maria Stark. Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion for the pil­lars of the Avengers might come from an un­likely source. “We knew that we had a guy called Thanos who gets a glove and a bunch of jew­els and does very evil things with that glove,” says pro­ducer Kevin Feige of Thanos, the demi-god who’ll ar­rive on Earth and trig­ger the In­fin­ity War. “How are the Avengers go­ing to man­age when they’re sep­a­rated when their big­gest foe comes knock­ing at the door?” It might be time for Stark and Rogers to put their dif­fer­ences aside. just turned in the first draft of his

script, which will see an African hero (Chad­wick Bose­man as the Wakan­dan war­rior king) front and cen­tre. “It feels more than due,” says Feige. “The cast will be among the best en­sem­bles we’ve ever had, and 90 per cent of it will be African or African Amer­i­can.” Lupita Ny­ong’o is in talks to play Pan­ther’s love in­ter­est.

Might Se­bas­tian Stan, who plays Rogers’ best friend Bucky, aka The Win­ter Sol­dier, ac­count for part of that

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