When hero faces hero, whose side are you on?

Civil War

July, 2006 - January, 2007

After a horrific tragedy raises questions on whether or not super heroes should register with the government, longtime Avengers teammates Captain America and Iron Man end up on opposite sides of the argument! Writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven split the Marvel Universe in two as friend fights friend in one of the most celebrated and successful events of all-time!

Civil War Core Issues

Civil War Tie-In Issues

Related Media

Characters In This Event

Civil War Collections



For me, this will always be the best event in the entire Marvel Universe. This is the story that kept me on edge from the day it was announced back when I was in high school.


why did they take down the suggested reading order it made it easier to find issues


Aren't There more tie-ins than that?  Or is it limited to only showing 20, because I'd like a complete list.

HudsonHouse member

Great event. I'm nearly finished with every one of the tie-ins.

Copywriter2001 member

@deapoolfan435  I have a theory that Marvel is building to Civil War for Avengers 3.  I think it will be Iron Man/Hulk vs. Cap/Thor.  Then the rest of the heroes fall in line behind them.  I think Black Widow takes over Spider-Man's role in the book by starting with Stark and switching to Cap.  She has ties to both of them, and it could even make for a neat love triangle.  I think Cap gets assassinated, and then we get Bucky to take over as Cap.  Even better, maybe Cap 4 is about Bucky and Falcon fighting over who should wear the Flag?!?

A Civil War movie would also be a way to introduce a whole lot of superheroes without the need for origin stories and even integrate the Netflix TV shows into the cinematic universe (DD, Luke Cage, Iron Fist).

I think making Thanos the villain in Avengers 3 is just too obvious, and Marvel has done a really good job of keeping us guessing.  Let's face it, NO ONE guess that SHIELD was going to be disbanded in Winter Soldier.  So, using the same villain we've known about for 3+ years doesn't seem likely.

ClockworkPirate member

@Copywriter2001 @deapoolfan435 Spider-Man's role is more than just being a turncoat. His revealing himself is a big event, and Black Widow doesn't really have a secret identity in the same way he does.

Copywriter2001 member

@ClockworkPirate I agree that it's not a perfect one-for-one trade off.  But secret identities aren't really a thing in the MCU (at least not until the new Daredevil Netflix series comes out).  Iron Man, Cap, and Thor are all known identities.  And even at the end of Winter Soldier we see Black Widow testifying in front of congress with her real name. 

It's kind of an interesting comment on our current (vapid) celebrity culture that they haven't gone the route of secret identities yet in the MCU.  Let's face it, if super heroes were real in our world, they would be chased by paparazzi and TMZ, and they would probably have sponsorship deals (like Captain Amazing in Mystery Men).