The Differences and Similarities Between MARVEL’s “Civil War” and “Captain America: Civil War”

By Kitin Miranda | 1 year ago
The Differences and Similarities Between MARVEL’s “Civil War” and “Captain America: Civil War”

The highly anticipated third phase of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, “Captain America: Civil War” has been the talk of the town recently thanks to big recent events such as the San Diego Comic Con and the D23 Expo, where everything Disney, from Star Wars to MARVEL are present. However, in the midst of all the excitement, anticipation and hype, one must realize that although “Captain America: Civil War” borrows heavily from the massive MARVEL comic book event entitled “Civil War”, not everything from the comics will literally be translated to its onscreen adaptation. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for both MARVEL’s “Civil War” comic book story arc and spoiler for MARVEL’s “Captain America: Civil War”. Read on to learn more about  some of the differences between the comic book event and the movie.

When it comes to adapting stories from a source material into a movie, such as a book, legend or fable, actual film, or comic book, the film adaptation or remake will always contain elements from its source material, and more often than not, the film adaptation will differ from its source material in one way or another, and the movie that will kick off the third phase of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, “Captain America: Civil War” is no exception.


Recently, IGN and Birth Movies Death elaborated a little bit more on the differences and changes between the comic book story arc and the upcoming film, in order to alert audiences and fans as to what to expect from the upcoming film.

First off, the way that the movie and the comic will kick off, although the pattern and the story lines are similar. It will lead to events that are quite similar in essence, are quite different from each other.

According to the official synopsis on the website of MARVEL, the main cause of division between the Avengers are due to several new laws that are placed down. According to the “Ant-Man” film, are assumed to be the “accords” that Captain America (Chris Evans) mentioned in the last post-credits scene, thanks to a new system which keeps superheroes in check. This comes about due to another international incident that will occur at the beginning of the film, which results in a lot of damage and destruction.

While this sounds, in essence, like the beginning of the actual “Civil War” story arc, the difference is that the “Superhuman Registration Act,” came about due to an incident involving a group of young mutants, who in an attempt to get good ratings for their reality television show, caused themselves, and thousands of innocents to be killed, as one of the mutant villains they had been chasing down exploded.

This, which had already been foreseen by Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) and Tony Stark, led to the public calling for justice, and calling for transparency and accountability of the superhero community.

Now, the “Superhuman Registration Act,” which caused everyone to eventually choose between Captain America’s Anti-Registration stance and Iron Man’s and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Pro-Registration Stance, caused a major division between the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and other superheroes. Captain America felt that the Act’s call for unmasking and revealing their secret identities will prove to be disastrous for those who wanted to keep their identities secret in order to protect their loved ones. It was why Peter Parker’s unmasking during “Civil War” was so controversial.

However, IGN and Birth Movies Death both argue that this crucial element cannot be done within the Cinematic Universe, and that the “accords” will not hinge on revealing secret identities because in the films, the main Avengers’ identities are known to the world already, and as Tom Holland’s teenaged Spider-Man has not yet been established within the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.

Instead, Birth Movies Death posits that the film, with the international incident in the beginning of the film, and with a new government body to watch over the actions of the superhero community, and with no S.H.I.E.L.D. around, the whole crux of the movie will be revolving around the idea of “responsibility” within and without the superhero community. It was whether they should be held responsible for the collateral damage they leave behind, and if it is right that they should have their own set of “watchmen” that they answer to, and if so, would this mean that superheroes could be used and abused by untrustworthy politicians.

This, however, seems to be a more plausible thing to do, as the films cannot have the epic battles which involve every team and character in the MARVEL Universe. They do not have the rights to some teams such as the Fantastic Four- whose break-up in “Civil War” was tragic and whose leader helped Stark figure out the Act in the first place.


Do you think that it is good that the movie will not be following the comic book event storyline to the letter? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

And those were the latest thoughts on the changes and differences between MARVEL’s “Civil War” comic book event and “Captain America: Civil War”, its film adaptation. For more news and updates on your favorite celebrities, television shows, movies, and industry news, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

Photo Source: Official MARVEL Facebook Page/Captain America: Civil War