Spoilers: We’ll be discussing some major plot points in Captain America: Civil War, so proceed at your own discretion.
The Avengers are broken. The eponymous scuffle of Captain America: Civil War between Team Cap and Team Iron Man brought new heroes into the public’s eye, while it caged many more. Steve Rogers discarded his signature shield, a symbolic gesture of shedding his last ties with the team and his former self, while Tony Stark dealt with the revelation surrounding his parents’ death. After busting out Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Scarlet Witch from The Raft, the once star-spangled Avenger is now working from the shadows away from the government’s eye, War Machine is adjusting to his injuries, Black Widow vanished, The Winter Soldier put himself on ice, and Vision returned to his chess game where I imagine he continues contemplating the meaning of life.
So, where does this leave the MCU?
The obvious answer is that more heroes will fill in the gaps, and Marvel’s Phase Three slate makes it clear which ones — Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel. But, much like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier left the MCU in disarray, this is not the same world. This is a world marked by the Sokovia Accords, which placed the Avengers under the control of a United Nations panel. How might this affect T’Challa, a monarch who’s been fighting within the confines of his own nation of Wakanda, or Peter Parker, a teen who’s been web-slinging around New York City as a masked vigilante? What impact does the film have on the TV series within the MCU?
Let’s take a look.