Marvel's Civil War
While the movie is different from the comics, there are a lot of similarities and tie-in's from the source material. Marvel's Civil War was a comic event that spanned across over a dozen series, and totaled in at nearly a hundred issues. This a a daunting feat to go through all of them, so I've narrowed it down to the basics and some additional reading.
This overview will include some light spoilers of both the movie and comics.
In the wake of a tragedy, the Super Hero Registration Act passes that requires anyone with superhuman abilities to disclose their identity to the government. Our beloved heroes are split between pro-registration with Iron Man, and the freedom of privacy with Captain America.
Contains the 7 main issues of Civil War, and a lot of the major plot points. So if you are only going to read one comic, this is the one! However, because those issues are spaced between other title issues, it can be a bit disorienting and quick. There is so much additional source material in terms of character motivation, you don't get the whole story.
An important prequel, if you plan on reading several Civil War comics, read this one first. Years ago, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Professor X, Namor, Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, and Black Panther met in secret to create an Illuminati to discuss emergencies. They continue to meet and make decisions such as sending Hulk into space because he couldn't be controlled, see Planet Hulk, and if they want the Registration Act to pass.
In Civil War: Captain America, Captain America has fallen into a clash with his government and his friends, the people close to him are paying the price, and the Winter Soldier returns. In Civil War: The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter receives a gift from Iron Man and travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., and the White House - where the enactment of the Super Hero Registration Act appears imminent. And in Civil War: Avengers, Captain America and Iron Man meet secretly, one last time, to see if there's any hope of working things out before further tragedy occurs.
Movie Easter Eggs
For those who have seen the movie, here are some fun easter eggs!
Bonus: Black Panther
While most characters will be familiar faces to audiences, we do have some new characters stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe! For most people this will be their introduction to the Black Panther AKA T'Challa. As smart as Iron Man and as tough as Captain America, here's your starter pack to the King of Wakanda.
While there have been numerous interpretations of the character throughout the years, this is the quintessential re-launch where he became the modern day version everyone uses today. Penned for the first time under a black writer, Christopher Priest, it's equal parts Pulp Fiction, West Wing, and Coming to America. T'Challa is the man with a plan, and to some is considered the "Marvel Batman" with his amazing strategies, skills, wealth and tech.
It's a World War II adventure featuring a young Steve Rogers, the Black Panther and Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos in combat with the nastiest Nazi villains in the Marvel Universe. The Black Panther is a mantel passed down to the King of Wakanda for generations, and this story features Azzari, T'Challa's grandfather.
Join T'Challa as he fights to uphold peace and justice in both his own African kingdom and the urban jungle of New York City. Experience the thrills as one of the Marvel Universe's noblest takes on everything from hate mongering heels to futuristic frog time machines.These issues were penned by Black Panther's co-creator, Jack Kirby.