It's not weird to admit we're all a bit excited for Captain America: Civil War. Whether we're fans of the movies or the comics, the movie looks like it's going to have a little bit for everybody.

But it's also packed to the brim with characters from all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to mention they are fighting each other. It's tense, exciting and a little bit scary, so you may not be sure what to expect come May 6. That's where we come in. 

Here's a handy guide to the characters of Civil War:

Captain America

Allegiance: #TeamCap (obviously)

Where we last saw him: The last time we saw Steve Rogers was in the post-credits scene of Ant-Man, where he and Sam Wilson had Bucky in a vice grip (literally). Turns out, this is actually a scene from Civil War, and take places after sides have been chosen. Before that, we caught the wind of war in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Tony and Cap's ideologies first collided. Turns out a bromance can only last so long.

Recommended reading: Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker, Death of Captain America by Ed Brubaker, Civil War by Mark Millar

Iron Man

Allegiance: #TeamIronMan (duh)

Where we last saw him: When we last caught up with Tony Stark, he was stopping the country of Sokovia from falling to Earth in meteoric fashion. Sure, they evacuated most (all?) of the city, but there were still some casualties because of Ultron's crazy rampage. That's where the Sokovia Accords come in, the United Nations sanctions at the center of Civil War's plot.

Recommended reading: Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction, The Ultimates by Mark Millar, Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis

The Falcon

Allegiance: #TeamCap

Where we last saw him: Sam Wilson's last outing was also in the end credits scene of Ant-Man, (see above) but before that he was facing off against the master of ants himself, and losing for that matter. But rest assured, Sam is a hearty fighter, and he's got Cap's back through anything, so expect him to kick some major butt on May 5. 

Recommended reading: Captain America: Sam Wilson by Nick Spencer, All-New Captain America by Rick Remender

Black Widow

Allegiance: #TeamIronMan

Where we last saw her: While we haven't seen Natasha Romanoff since her appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, we're excited to see how her past as a double agent might play into Civil War. While her relationship with The Hulk didn't work out so well, she played an integral part in the evacuation of Sokovia. 

Recommended reading: Black Widow by Nathan Edmondson, Black Widow by Mark Waid

Winter Soldier

Allegiance: #TeamCap

Where we last saw him: Ah, Bucky Barnes. One of Cap's few remaining friends from his World War II days. Honestly, he's lucky anyone from his time in the war is still alive. But with Cap's luck, it just so happens that Bucky turned out to be a Hydra-brainwashed superkiller that Cap seemed to break through to at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He was last seen in the aforementioned vice grip.

Recommended reading: Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker, Captain America: Reborn by Ed Brubaker

War Machine

Allegiance: #TeamIronMan

Where we last saw him: Rhodey hasn't been around too much since his appearance at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, seemingly part of Cap's new Avengers squad. As always, Col. Rhodes is all about taking names in the War Machine suit, and it's no surprise that he's got Tony's back on this one.

Recommended reading: Armor Wars by Bob Layton & David Michelinie, U.S. War Machine by Chuck Austen

The Vision

Allegiance: #TeamIronMan

Where we last saw him: Poor Vision can't catch a break. First he's given life by a rogue artificial intelligence bent on destroying the world and now everyone is asking him to choose sides? Last we saw Vision he was stealing the show in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we're betting his reasoning for #TeamIronMan is the classic chaos vs. order trope. It's OK Vis, we forgive you.

Recommended reading: Vision by Tom King

Scarlet Witch

Allegiance: #TeamCap

Where we last saw her: After the death of her brother Pietro, Wanda Maximoff seemingly joined Captain America's new Avengers team at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. With her on Cap's side, it makes you wonder if she still blames Tony for the death of her parents.

Recommended reading: House of M by Brian Michael Bendis, Uncanny Avengers by Rick Remender


Allegiance: #TeamCap

Where we last saw him: Clint Barton is now a retired man. After the battle of Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Barton settled back on his family farm with his wife and two children. But hey, what better way to break out the bow then to help solve a quarrel between some friends?

Recommended reading: Hawkeye by Matt Fraction


Allegiance: #TeamCap

Where we last saw him: We last saw Scott Lang in his solo flick, aptly titled Ant-Man. He defeated Yellowjacket, made good on his promise to Hank Pym and his daughter, and is seemingly living out his life as a superhero. But we're just glad he's in this movie. You can never have enough Paul Rudd in your life.

Recommended reading: Ant-Man by Nick Spencer, The Astonishing Ant-Man by Nick Spencer, To Steal an Ant-Man by David Michelinie

Black Panther

Allegiance: #TeamIronMan

Where we last saw him: We haven't yet, aside from trailers, though his comic book baddie Ulysses Klaue got his hand chopped off in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We can only assume his stake in Civil War has something to do with Wakanda being on the map after a large shipment of Vibranium was stolen. 

Recommended reading: Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin, Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Allegiance: #TeamIronMan (?)

Where we last saw him: Just like Black Panther, we've only seen this Spidey in the trailer. The new Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, is brand spanking new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that, expect him to be truer to his comic book counterpart than ever before, with a whole lot of smart and funny. While his story here will most likely be different than in the Civil War comic, we're still very giddy.

Recommended reading: Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis, Civil War by Mark Millar

Who's missing?

Though Civil War is packed with heroes from all over the MCU, there are still a few key players missing. Nick Fury is nowhere to be seen following the events of Age of Ultron, but we can only assume he's working in the shadows. 

Hulk stole a quinjet at the end of Ultron, so it's anyone's guess where he might be, but rumors suggest he'll be showing up in Thor: Ragnarok, as Thor and Banner head off on a space buddy adventure. Oddly enough, Thor is off-world figuring out just what the heck is going on in Asgard, and we'll see him again next year.

Maria Hill and Pepper Potts have also taken a break for Civil War, with Hill last seen heading up Stark Industries and Potts last seen having crazy powers from Extremis. You also won't see any of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. led by Phil Coulson or any of the Netflix heroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage) in this one. Maybe someday.

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