Official Synopsis for Captain America: Civil War

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captain-america-civil-warThere’s been a lot of theories about how Civil War will be adapted to the big screen, and now we know what the basic plot will be. As there are no secret identities yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which could change with Daredevil and Ant Man coming), the Superhero Registration Act as it existed in the comics wouldn’t make much sense. Some people believed that Winter Soldier killing Tony Stark’s parents may have something to do with sparking the conflict, but the official synopsis doesn’t speak to that…

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.

This distrust of the “gifted” is already starting to be a plot point in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The television series seems to be laying the groundwork for the larger story that will play out on the big screen in just over a year.