5 Reasons Civil War II Disappointed Marvel Fans

Author Thumbnail BY Jon Arvedon - January 04, 2017
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After capturing lightning in a bottle with Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s original Civil War event in 2006, it wasn’t surprising to learn that the powers that be at Marvel were going to create a sequel that would coincide with the release of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War. While some may see this as a simple cash grab, it certainly makes sense from an editorial standpoint to use a buzzword like “Civil War” to attract new readers.

The original Civil War was well-received by readers, posing intriguing ethical questions regarding the conflicting desires for both security and freedom. This time around, Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez sought to explore a different, yet equally intriguing moral dilemma regarding the concept of precognitive justice.

It’s a concept that was originally explored in the 1956 short story by Philip K. Dick, titled The Minority Report. In 2002, Steven Spielberg directed a loose adaptation, simply titled Minority Report. Regardless of which iteration you’re familiar with, the premise remains the same. A being (or beings) have the ability to foresee a crime before it takes place. This information is then shared with the authorities, who apprehend the suspect and prevent said crime.

In Civil War II, the role of “precog” is fulfilled by a new Inhuman named Ulysses, with the ability to foresee potential crimes and travesties that have yet to occur in the Marvel Universe. This creates a divide amongst the superheroes, with Captain Marvel feeling it’s necessary to use Ulysses’ visions to strike preemptively. The opposition, on the other hand, is led by Iron Man, who believes that no one should be persecuted based on predictions of possible occurrences because the future is indeterminate.

So there you have it – a compelling concept that should result in a successful event, right? Well, not so much. Unfortunately, despite sounding good on paper, Civil War II ultimately missed its mark when all was said and done, so here are 5 reasons why Civil War II disappointed Marvel fans. Do you agree, or did Civil War II work for you? Let us know in the comments section!

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