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Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II: Second Engagement

With the future hanging in the balance, Iron Man and Captain Marvel clash over exactly how best to stem the tide in this latest crossover epic!

With the future hanging in the balance, Iron Man and Captain Marvel clash over exactly how best to stem the tide in this latest crossover epic!

Can’t we all just get along? It doesn’t look like it especially if you’re a Marvel Super Hero. The big-screen action hit film Captain America: Civil War adapted one of the more interesting and far-reaching arcs ever presented within the scope of the Marvel Universe’s landscape. In that first series by Mark Miller and Steve McNiven lines are drawn when a rogue villain goes nuclear and takes with him an innocent population. The Avengers, including Captain America and Iron Man are forced to intervene, especially since it looks as if some “super heroes” may have been at fault for causing the accident.

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The US government of course decides that it’s time that these so-called “superheroes” step up the plate and demand that heroes, like the members of the Avenges, are registered with the government and collaborate as agents on behalf of the world’s best interests. This does not sit well with Cap who feels that it would infringe on the civil liberties of the masked community, while Tony Stark thinks it’s a good idea to comply with the order. With these two major forces on either end of the spectrum, it isn’t long before the heroes begin to pick sides and “civil war” among the Marvel Super Heroes ensues.

The sequel, timed to coincide with the release of the new Captain America sequel of the same name, written by Brian Michael Bendis with arc by David Marquez isn’t a big leap from its predecessor, but it does take advantage of the complex evolutionary turn that has taken over the Marvel Universe after the recent “earth-shattering” event of the Secret Wars II. After the Marvel multiverse collapses and has time to reasssert itself into its current configuration, as the dust settles new alliances have emerged and the species of “Inhumans” have endured.

Civil War II pits Iron Man once again on one side, although this time around, Stark is destraught and mourning the loss of a dear friend when a mission to take on the villainous Thanos goes horribly wrong.  The leader of the Ultimates, a newly sanctioned version of the Avengers that works alongside S.H.I.E.L.D., is Carol Danvers, the newly minted heir to the title of  Captain Marvel. Carol learns of an Inhuman — a young man named Ulysses — that has just discovered his gift to see into the future. The captain seizes on what she believes is a tactical advantage, and when Ulysses has a vision about an imminent attack from Thanos, the Ultimates spring into action.

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Iron Man prepares for the fight of his life taking on the Ultimates and the Inhumans in a bid to save the Marvel Universe present from its future in Civil War II.

The battle comes at a cost when James Rhodes, War Machine — friend to Stark and Danvers lover is killed by the raging Thanos. Although Stark had warned Danvers about tampering with the future, Captain Marvel believes that she is working in the best interests of everyone. When Tony learns that Carol’s brash tactics have resulted in the death of War Machine and has put She-Hulk in a coma, the Iron Man suits up and decides to take initiative of his own.

The Iron Man’s action could lead to an internation incident when he kidnaps Ulysses who is under the protection of Medusa the Queen of the Inhumans. Tony means to learn exactly how the young man is able to see into the future, but there is no way that he can stop the full force of the Ultimates and the Inhumans from coming down around his ears. Iron Man may have his hands full, with no other choice but to summon the Avengers in for support, but when these forces clash whose side will come out on top?

That’s the question as Civil War II continues to unravel.

 

 

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