Marvel Studios is a well-oiled, piston-poppin’, unstoppable machine right now, and it’s showing absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens in four months, Ant-Man in August, Agent Carter is a sharply-written joy, and the Civil War showdown between Captain America and Tony Stark is looming on the horizon.
Now that we all see the bond Peggy shared with Tony’s father Howard on the aforementioned ABC miniseries, it begs the question — did young Tony know Peggy when he was growing up, and could that be a factor in the bitter conflict brewing between he and Steve? Civil War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely seem to think it’s a possibility, telling IGN at the TCA (Television Critics’ Association):
“As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question [of who Peggy was to Tony Stark] has been in and out all over the place so who knows. So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But we saw [Peggy] in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around”.
Markus and Mcfeely were also asked about the role Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther might play in the Civil War narrative:
I’ll keep that one close to the vest,” said McFeely, “but I’m very gratified that they went with Chadwick and that he said yes because he’s a good get.”
As for how the Marvel Studios brain trust settled on an adaptation of the 2006-2007 saga Civil War for the third Captain America movie adventure, McFeely says it wasn’t a quick and easy decision:
“It’s been on and off the table for a while, let’s put it that way, and it’s a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we’ve established, and everyone’s established in the MCU are serviced and sound correct, right? Because there’s a difference between the characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007. The MCU doesn’t exist [when it was written]. There isn’t a Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans who has helped create the character so we need to make sure that that template gets adjusted and what have you in order to make sure it services these characters and not just sort of rip off their parts and make them look like them.
And what kind of tone can we expect from Civil War? The First Avenger was an underdog story mixed with a WWII action movie, while The Winter Soldier went full-on paranoid political thriller. McFeely joked we could be seeing something quite different:
“Every Captain America movie has a genre and Civil War is the musical! No, I think part of the reason for bringing back us and bringing back the [Russo] brothers is because Marvel is very pleased with Winter Soldier aesthetically. I think it’s a really adult movie. It’s very well made and that’s partly the texture of the movie. You can argue it’s the most realistic of the Marvel movies, whatever that is to you. I think it’s fair to say that a Russo brothers movie will stay in that vein.”
Personally speaking, while I think it’d be a hoot to see “Auntie” Peggy in her mid-50s visiting a kid Tony in the early 1970s, I don’t see how much bearing that would have on a conflict involving Iron Man, Captain America, The Winter Soldier, The Black Panther, and a clash of ideologies with governmental regulations imposed on all superheroes and the shape of the Earth’s protection in the balance. But hey, at this point, anything is possible and just about everything Marvel Studios touches seems to work, so why not? Elderly, dementia-stricken Peggy could fly out of bed, grab a rocket launcher and a machinegun, and go to town Rocket Raccoon style, and we’d all chomp down on our popcorn and Goobers with a huge smile on our faces.
In addition to being a Legion of Leia contributor, Jeff Carter is also the host of the LeagueCast podcast, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Geek League Of America website. A lifelong nerd, Jeff’s biggest passions are Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Follow Jeff on the Geek League Twitter@TheGeekLeague, or his personal account @JeffCarter_GLA