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Even compared to both Avengers movies, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War is arguably the biggest film to date from Marvel Studios. It not only features almost every key lead character within the cinematic universe, but it also features some of the most significant consequences for the heroes that we’ve seen so far. The stakes have never been higher in the franchise… but there are certainly ways they can get even bigger in the years to come.

With nine movies set to come out over the next three years, and god-knows how many after that, how can things continue to escalate in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Certainly the folks at Marvel Studios are currently figuring out the answer to that question themselves, but we have a few ideas of our own to share in that department.

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Never Fully Heal The Rift Between The Avengers
The ending of Captain America: Civil War leaves the greatest heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a pretty dark place. Rather than having all of their problems solved by the time the end credits start to roll, instead there are still some seriously important ideological differences that divide the various members of the Avengers – not to mention the fact that Tony Stark still has some pretty serious beef about the fact that Captain America’s best friend killed his parents. Obviously they’ll have to deal with these issues in a couple years when Thanos rolls around and begins threatening all of existence, but what the franchise should never do is completely heal the rift that has grown between the characters.

Captain America: Civil War does such a great job presenting arguments from both Team Cap and Team Iron Man that having all of the heroes just abandon their stances wouldn’t make sense. While they can (and will) fight together for the greater good and the protection of Earth/the universe/all of reality, there also should be the understanding that they’re not going to see eye to eye on every move. A big part of what makes Joe and Anthony Russo’s movie so effective is the fact that the emotions felt by all of the characters feel earned and valid, and having underlying conflict between all of the leads will only heighten the stakes when it comes time for them to work together again.

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