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What began with The First Avenger will end with Civil War, as the Marvel head honcho told MTV News that the film is the end of the Captain America trilogy of films. During a discussion to promote the home release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, he told the site,
I think one day you’ll look back and watch — Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War — and it’ll be one of the most unique and different trilogies ever around a single character.
Although Age of Ultron picked up after the events of The Winter Soldier, which revealed Hydra to have been operating within S.H.I.E.L.D., Feige reiterated that Civil War is a sequel to the second Cap film. Inspired by the famous comic book story arc of the same name, the MCU installment will begin with Steve Rogers leading a new team of Avengers to protect the world. After yet another international incident involving Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, however, the governments of the world join together to pass harsher restrictions on superhuman activity.
The latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU), a task force of sorts announced by President Ellis (actor William Sadler from Iron Man 3) that seeks to neutralize any superhuman threat. However, it’s unconfirmed whether this has any ties to Civil War. Chris Evans revealed in a recent interview that Tony Stark is on board with these restrictions and wants the Avengers to submit to the government. Cap, on the other hand, is firmly against the action, having known all too well in The Winter Soldier why the government can be untrustworthy.
While those involved have reinforced the idea that this film is inspired by the Civil War comic and not a direct adaptation, this latest development from Feige isn’t the best news for good ol’ Cap. Spoiler alert for whoever has not read the comics, but Captain America is fatally gunned down in the aftermath of the Civil War battles. Might this happen to Cap, considering this film will be the end of his trilogy? Though Evans said a while back that he wished he could take a break from his Marvel contract to focus on his passion projects, he changed his tune recently by saying that he’s on board for whenever Marvel wants him again.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out and, fortunately, we don’t have to wait too long. Captain America: Civil War is already done with filming and will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.