Comic Books versus Movies: ‘Captain America: Civil War’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Comic Books versus Movies: ‘Captain America: Civil War’
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By now, almost everybody has seen the new official trailer for one of MARVEL’s most anticipated films next year, “Captain America: Civil War”, which gave fans and viewers more footage than previous teasers and trailers, and gave a first look at Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. It also gave fans of both the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and of the comics, and in particular, fans of the 2006 MARVEL comics event “Civil War,” a clear view of what to expect from the movie, and showed fans of the comics how exactly it is similar to its source material, and to where it deviates. In line with this, Movie News Guide (MNG) has compiled a neat list as to some of the differences between the two, before the “Civil War” fever officially begins. WARNING: This article may and will contain spoilers for both the “Civil War” film and comic book event. Read on to learn more as to how the film and the comics are different from each other.

Fans of both the comics and of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, were given a special treat after a new and official “Captain America: Civil War” trailer was released, just in time for Thanksgiving.


Thanks to this, fans of the cinematic universe and of the comic book event “Civil War” now have more of an idea as what to expect from the film, especially as it has been made clear previously that the film only drew inspiration from the event, and isn’t a direct adaptation of the story, although some elements of the essence of the story will be present.

In line with this, Movie News Guide (MNG) has come up with a little list of things that one might expect to be different in the film versus the comic book “Civil War.”


  1. First off, the catalyst that sets in motion the events of “Civil War” are different for both the comic book event and the film. In the comic book, the catalyst that caused the government to push for a Superhero Registration Act was an explosion. It was caused by a villain after being chased down by a group of teenaged superheroes looking to boost the ratings for their reality show, that resulted into many casualties. This was the last straw for the government, who were already reeling from a Hulk rampage and anti-mutant sentiment.

In the movie, the catalyst that pushed the government to want to hold heroes accountable for their actions, according to the trailer and Comic Book, is the extensive damage that had happened to Sokovia due to the events of “Age of Ultron”, and the fact that they want Bucky Barnes  (Sebastian Stan) to be held responsible for his actions as the Winter Soldier.


  1. In the comics, the Superhero Registration Act, in which superheroes were required to publicly register, which meant that their secret identities would no longer be secret, and the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted Captain America (Chris Evans) to enforce it was the push he needed to form the Anti-Registration forces and go against Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) who became the face for the Pro-Registration faction. In the film, according to Comic,  the government has “The Sokovia Accords: Framework for the Registration and Deployment of Enhanced Individuals,” and the final wedge that divided the two friends is the fact that Captain America would do anything to protect Bucky.


  1. The film, unlike the comics, isn’t a big crossover event, so the teams on either side are both at the same time the same, and a little different. In the comics, Hank Pym, Mr. Fantastic, Wasp and Carol Danvers, along with the entire might and power of the government and S.H.I.E.L.D., now directed by Maria Hill, were on Tony’s side; while Black Panther, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Vision were on Captain America’s side. As MARVEL Studios doesn’t own the rights to some of the characters, such as the Fantastic Four, and as it isn’t likely that the Netflix and MARVEL superheroes will be showing up, the roster of teams in the films are very much smaller in scale. A difference is the fact that in the trailer, it seems like Black Panther is chasing after Bucky in a sequence, and according to Ecumenical News, Paul Bettany’s Vision, whom everyone believed to be on Team Iron Man, will switch sides to go to his original comics based team.
  1. Crossbones was mainly featured in the aftermath of the event in the comics.
  1. One of the biggest reasons in the comics why a lot of Pro-Registration forces left and switched sides was due to the fact that Tony had created a Thor clone which subsequently killed a superhero named Goliath. However, it doesn’t seem likely this will happen in the film.
  1. There will be no special prison for powered people in the films as this is being covered by “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
  1. Lastly, it isn’t sure as to what Spider-Man’s involvement will be in the film. In the comics, Peter Parker’s revelation of his secret identity was the push that got some others to register and join Tony’s forces.

Did we miss anything in this list? Are you excited for the movie? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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About the author

Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.