CIVIL WAR: Whose Side Are You On?

The follow up to Captain America: Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters this summer with Cap vs Stark in CIVIL WAR! (Not to be confused with the American Civil War from – you know, history…) In the comics, the conflict was sparked by the Superhuman Registration Act, Tony Stark was for it, Steve Rogers was against it and the rest of the Avengers took sides.

CIVIL WAR

The following is a rundown of all the Marvel heroes taking sides in coming conflict…

THE AVENGERS

Avengers Assemble

Avengers 1First Appearance: The Avengers #1 (1963)

Initial Roster: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and The Wasp!

Other Notable Members: Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, The Vision, Black Panther, Spider-man, Wolverine, War Machine, The Falcon, Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Namor, etc

Villains: Loki, Ultron, Thanos, Kang the Conqueror, Graviton, Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil!

Must Read Stories: Civil War, Avengers Disassembled, World War Hulk, Avengers vs X-Men, The Kree / Skrull War, The Infinity Gauntlet, Dark Reign, Siege, Uncanny Avengers, and The Ultimates (1 + 2 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch)

The Ultimates 2

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Captain America Marvel Knights

Captain America 1First Appearance: Captain America comics #1 (1941)

Secret Identity: Steve Rogers

Power Set: Enhanced strength, agility and endurance.

Origin: During World War II, Rogers enlisted in the United States Army and was recruited into a top-secret super-soldier program in the fight against the Hitler, the Nazis and Hydra.

Allies: Bucky, The Falcon, The Avengers, Nick Fury, SHIELD

Villains: The Red Skull, Hydra, Hitler, The Winter Soldier, Cross-Bones, Baron Zemo, Nuke, Zola, Baron Strucker, Dr. Faustus and… Batroc the Leaper?!

Must Read Stories: Man Out of Time, The Death of Captain America, Winter Soldier, Marvel Knights, Operation: Rebirth, The Secret Empire, and Captain America: White

IRON MAN

IRON MAN Viva Las Vegas

Tales of Suspense 39First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)

Secret Identity: Tony Stark

Power Set: Genius, billionaire, philanthropist and inventor with a high-tech custom-made suit of armor, powered by an arc-reactor.

Origin: CEO of Stark Industries and arms industrialist Tony Stark was captured by terrorists and forced to create a weapon at gun point, however Stark instead manages to create a suit of armor to facilitate his escape. The encounter leads Tony to have a change of heart and dedicate his life to selflessly protecting the rest of the world with his technology and ingenuity.

Allies: The Avengers, SHIELD, War Machine, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts, Jarvis

Villains: Iron Monger, The Mandarin, Whiplash, MODOK, The Black Widow, Hawkeye, Ultron, Crimson Dynamo, Madame Masque, AIM, Aldrich Killian, The Titanium Man, and Fin-Fang-Foom!

Must Read Stories: Extremis, Demon in a Bottle, the Five Nightmares, Enter the Mandarin, Doomquest, Armor Wars, Director of SHIELD, and The Iron Monger Saga

Cap vs Stark

THE WINTER SOLDIER (Team Cap)

Winter SoldierFirst Appearance: Captain America #1 (1941) / Captain America #1 (2005)

Secret Identity: Bucky Barnes

Power Set: Highly trained soldier turned expert assassin with a cybernetic arm gifting him with superhuman strength and reflexes. One of the world’s best marksmen.

Origin: The former side-kick of Captain America, during WWII, Bucky was captured by the Soviets and brain washed into remorseless killing machine. One of his arms was replaced with a high-tech prosthetic, making him even deadlier adversary. Cap was eventually able to get through to his old friend. In Rogers’s absence, Bucky served as the new Captain America for a time.

Black WidowTHE BLACK WIDOW (Team Iron Man)

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (1964)

Secret Identity: Natasha Romanoff

Power Set: Super-spy, martial arts master, weapons expert, Olympic-level gymnast, expert tactician, psychological manipulator, multiple aliases, immune to most infections / diseases / poisons, and enhanced healing and anti-aging due to biological manipulation.

She is also equipped with numerous gadgets in the field, including: two wrist-mounted gauntlets with tranq-darts and tazers, grappling hooks, gas pellets, various weapons, etc

Origin: A former KGB operative, the Russian double-agent defected to SHIELD and joined forces with Nick Fury in the fight against Hydra and other nefarious organizations.

Allies: SHIELD, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, The Avengers, Daredevil, Colossus

Villains: Hydra, AIM, The Hand, Vindiktor, Ammo, Bengal, Sophia, Dead-Ringer, Ebon Flame, Cassandra, Fatale, Firefox, Iron Maiden, Kestrel, Omega Red, Rose, Ronin, The Crimson Dynamo

HawkeyeHAWKEYE (Team Cap)

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57 (1964)

Secret Identity: Clint Barton

Power Set: Best archer in the world, armed with a variety of trick-arrows.

Origin: Former super-villain turned Avenger.

Allies: The Avengers, Black Widow, Wolverine, Mockingbird

Villains: Taskmaster, Bullseye, Trick-Shot, Batroc, Baron Zemo, AIM, Crossfire, Viper, and the Tracksuit Bros?

Uncanny Avengers - Scarlet WitchSCARLET WITCH (Team Cap)

First Appearance: X-Men #4 (1963)

Secret Identity: Wanda Maximoff

Power Set: Telekinesis, telepathy, mind-control, reality warping, and quantum probability manipulation.

Origin: The daughter of Magneto and twin sister of Quicksilver, Wanda Maximoff’s mutant abilities defy logical explanation. Together with her brother, Pietro, Wanda leaves the Brotherhood and joins The Avengers.

Allies: The Avengers, The X-Men, Quicksilver, Vision

Villains: The Brotherhood, Dr. Doom

The VisionTHE VISION (Team Iron Man)

First Appearance: The Avengers #57 (1968)

Secret Identity: N/A

Power Set: A super-intelligent and powerful synthetic humanoid with the ability to fly and phase through solid objects, in addition to energy blasts and interfacing with computers.

Origin: An android created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers, but instead joined them.

Allies: The Avengers, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man

Villains: Ultron, Anti-Vision

WAR MACHINEWAR MACHINE (Team Iron Man)

First Appearance: Iron Man #118 (1979)

Secret Identity: Col. Rhodes

Power Set: Military background, utilizes a weaponized version of Iron Man’s armor.

Origin: A combat pilot and close friend of Tony Stark’s, Rhodey took his place as Iron Man when Tony had a bought with alcoholism, eventually upgrading the armor and taking on a new identity.

Allies: Iron Man, The Avengers, SHIELD

The Falcon - MarvelTHE FALCON (Team Cap)

First Appearance: Captain America #117 (1969)

Secret Identity: Sam Wilson

Power Set: Flight, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, telepathic link with birds.

Origin: A Harlem crime fighter who gained his powers and abilities from the Cosmic Cube and Wakandan tech. He teamed up with Captain America and joined the Avengers, later taking over as the new Cap.

Allies: Captain America, SHIELD, Nick Fury, The Avengers

The Astonishing Ant-ManANT-MAN (Team Cap)

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 (1962)

Secret Identity: Dr. Hank Pym / Scott Lang

Power Set: The Ant-Man suit enables it’s wearer to shrink one’s size while retaining the same mass and inertia.

Origin: Scott Lang, a common-thief-turned-hero donned Pym’s Ant-Man suit to save his daughter.

Allies: The Avengers, The Wasp

Villains: Ultron, Yellow Jacket, Taskmaster, a can of Raid…

BLACK PANTHER 2016BLACK PANTHER (Team Iron Man?)

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (1966)

Secret Identity: T’Challa

Power Set: Superhuman strength, agility and heightened senses. Acrobatic prowess, martial artist, and strategist. Utilizes a Vibranium-weave suit with a cloaking device.

Origin: Heir to the Wakandan dynasty, T’Challa donned the identity of Black Panther when his father, T’Chaka was murdered by the villainous Klaw, a mercenary after his country’s supply of Vibranium.

Allies: The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, Namor, Daredevil, Storm

Villains: Klaw, White Wolf, Batroc, and Kill-monger

Must Read Stories: Who is the Black Panther?, The Client

Amazing Fantasy 15SPIDER-MAN (Team Iron Man?)

First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)

Secret Identity: Peter Parker

Power Set: Can do whatever a spider can. (Has enhanced strength / agility, a sixth sense, an over-the-top sense of humor, one stylish crime-fighting get-up, and wrist-mounted web-shooters)

Origin: Bit by a radioactive / genetically altered spider while on a High School field trip. Parker became a hero after the loss of his Uncle Ben at the hands of a mugger, because ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’.

Spider-manAllies: The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The X-Men, SHIELD, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, Deadpool, Spider-Woman, Ultimate Spider-man, Silk, Spider-Gwen, etc

Villains: The Green Goblin / Norman Osborn, Doc Ock, Venom, The Kingpin, Electro, Rhino, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Shocker, Mysterio, Dr. Doom, etc

Must Read Stories: The Amazing Spider-man Classic (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko), Ultimate Spider-man (by Brian Michael Bendis), Spider-men, Spider-verse, Tangled Web, The Sinister Six, Down Among the Dead Men, Doctor Octopus: Year One, Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut, Marvel Team-Up, The Death of Gwen Stacy, Negative Exposure, Kraven’s Last Hunt, Parallel Lives, and Spider-man: BLUE

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Erik Slader is a blogger, barista, web tech, digital artist, gamer, comic book aficionado, history buff, part-time nerd, and full-time husband. Creator of “Epik Fails of History” (@EpikFails.com) and writer for SuperheroBeach.com, MovementMagazine.com and ComicZombie.net – check out his digital design portfolio at ErikSlader.com

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