Big things are going down in the world of Marvel comics. This year’s epic event storyline is well under way and this one is already having far-reaching implications on the rest of the comic book world. We’re going to try and keep this moderately spoiler-free for those that haven’t caught up, but be warned that this will contain some information on the ongoing Civil War 2 story arc.
The sides have been picked with Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and Iron Man battling it out. What has these two fighting is the appearance of a new Inhuman, Ulysses, that has the power to predict the future. Captain Marvel wants to use her ability to preemptively take out supervillains and prevent disasters before they can ever occur, Minority Report style; however, Iron Man feels that to punish people before they’ve actually done anything wrong, regardless of the predictions, is wrong and violates due process.
In issue #1 of the miniseries, Captain Marvel goes off with a team to prevent Thanos from obtaining a cosmic cube based on Ulysses’ predictions and the results prove disastrous for her squad. The fallout from the ensuing battle puts Captain Marvel and Iron Man directly at odds with each other as sides quickly form between the two. The series hasn’t been shy at all about killing well-established characters. And according to Comic Book Resources, best known for its ever-reliable news coverage of the industry, its looking as though Civil War II isn’t finished with the body count. The book kicked things off with a bang as it killed off a prominent and beloved character. While we’ll refrain from outright naming the character, we’ll just say that they meant a whole lot to both Iron Man and Captain Marvel, enough for them to come to blows over their loss.
Which brings us to the two opposing teams. Inverse, an online magazine that reports on culture and tech, breaks down the sides with Team Iron Man boasting Black Widow, Luke Cage, the Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Hercules, Black Panther, Captain America (Sam Wilson, the former Falcon), Thor (Jane Foster), Daredevil, and Miss America. Meanwhile, Team Captain Marvel has its own crew of heroes that includes Ant-Man, Blue Marvel, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hawkeye, Medusa, Monica Rambeau, Vision, Spider-Man, War Machine, and the Winter Soldier. We’ve got to admit though, these teams seem a little bit one sided (with Cap having the advantage).
While Peter Parker may be doing much better for himself these days in terms of finances, Captain Marvel’s squad still can’t hold a candle to the money and wherewithal of Iron Man. Lottoland, in addition to providing a platform for those looking to make it big with the Powerball, put together a list of the richest fictional characters and just look at who comes in toward the top. That’s right, none other than Tony “Iron Man” Stark himself, is ranked at number 4. The industrialist and tech-mogul is only behind make-believe money bags such as Scrooge McDuck, Smaug the Dragon, and the ageless Carlisle Cullen of the Twilight series. This places Tony as far and away the richest character in comic books, not to mention the Marvel universe. Captain Marvel is going to have her hands full trying to deal with all the resources at Tony Stark’s disposal, and her track record for decision making hasn’t been particularly strong so far.
We’re just about halfway through the story with Civil War #3, and there are big things in store for the third issue. The body count is only going to continue rising and there’s no telling where it’s going to stop. While it’s still too early to pick a winner, we’d be legitimately surprised if Marvel allowed a power like Ulysses’ to remain unchecked in the future. The big question will be how it’s all going to go down, but we guess we’ll still have to wait a while to see how it will all end.