Marvel announced “Civil War II” this week — their follow-up to Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s massively successful 2006-2007 crossover — with Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez attached to write and draw the series, respectively. While no plot details have been revealed, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso has shed some light on the scope and expected impact of the crossover.
Speaking to CBR for his MARVEL A-I-C: AXEL-IN-CHARGE column, Alonso clarified that “Civil War II’s” plot is independent from that of the first “Civil War,” but said its impact on the non-comics community will be very much the same: “Well, for starters, this is an entirely new and completely different story. Obviously, I can’t say too much about it at this juncture, but I can say this: Part of the reason that ‘Civil War’ was so huge was because it spoke to the most pressing question of the day at that time. Outside comic book circles, the world took notice. ‘Civil War II’ will do the same.
Alonso added, “Like ‘Civil War,’ ‘Civil War II’ will force you to take a side. There is no good guy or bad guy, so it won’t be easy.”
Going on to discuss the metaphor of “Civil War II,” Alonso described the crossover as a totally different beast than “Secret Wars”: “‘Secret Wars’ was a fundamentally Marvel Universe event — a deep-dive into Marvel mythology and history — and we planned it for years. What distinguishes ‘Civil War II’ from ‘Secret Wars’ is there’s a metaphor at its core that speaks to one the most prevailing issues of the day, something that everyone is aware of and talking about. And we didn’t spend years planning it — in fact, we weren’t even planning on doing a ‘Civil War II.'”
On “Civil War II’s” origin and its connection to the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” movie, Alonso said, “It came about because I was discussing the upcoming ‘Civil War’ movie with my boss, Dan Buckley, over lunch, and we pondered what issue or question would provide the fulcrum for a story of that scope today. It was a hypothetical conversation. I took those seeds of that conversation to Brian Bendis and Tom Brevoort and we watered them a little, and a story emerged that showed enough potential that we invited Dan, Joe Quesada, Mark Paniccia, Nick Lowe, Steve Wacker, Sana Amanat and C.B. Cebulski to give us feedback. We grew that idea across several emails and there eventually came a point when Dan called it: ‘You know, what this is, right? This is ‘Civil War II’.’ [Laughs]”
“Civil War II” is set to launch in Spring 2016.
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