This could put Black Panther center stage as the outside observer to the Tony/Steve superbattle, replacing the missing Spider-Man. But with a far cooler animal.
They Don't Have Too Many Heroes
The greatest problem leveled at converting the crossover into a film is that the Marvel movie universe simply doesn't have enough superhero streams to cross. The comics have almost enough heroes to assign every civilian their own personal meta-bodyguard (tough luck for whoever gets Hank Pym. That idiot couldn't find his own asshole if he made it giant and sat on an observatory).
Which would only be one more case of his assholishness getting in the way of science.
When the movies have all the characters meet, it's not a crossover, it's an Avengers sequel.
How the Movie Will Fix It:
The movie doesn't need any of that. The movie doesn't need to fill seven issues and countless company-wide tie-ins with dramatic reveals and bullshit. It turns out that movies and comics are different things. The movie can be much more focused. We don't need to see how the plot affects hundreds of other heroes, especially when those effects are nothing but "interrupt existing storylines, shoehorn in a quick political comment, then get retconned out." We don't want to watch Waffle Man take a break from his breakfast adventures to ponder the ramifications of legislation. That's about as much fun as getting electrocuted by a toaster during a lightning storm.
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In the Marvel universe, ALL accidents give you superpowers.
The Civil War comic raised great questions about government versus personal responsibility, then ignored them for splash panels that were so bad that the comics would spend years undoing them. Spider-Man sold his marriage to the devil. Captain America got shot to death and also into the timestream, and it made even less sense than it sounds, and he didn't reclaim his rank for four years. Iron Man literally reformatted his own brain and restored it from a backup made before the Civil War. And everyone agreed to move on.
The movie can focus on the real story. Captain America: The Winter Soldier showed that the series can handle serious issues surprisingly well, combining an action movie with the morality of hacking as a response to corruption and the revelation that holy shit, Captain America is Marvel's Edward Snowden. Which was a hell of a statement from a movie about exploding flying aircraft carriers. And they were prepared to permanently change the movie universe by eliminating SHIELD. We look forward to seeing what they do next.
And what they explode next.
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