Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” hit theatres earlier this year, but their latest event comic series, “Civil War II,” is currently ongoing, and it’s deadly. The third issue comes out on Wednesday, and fans are rightfully worried that a major superhero is going to die — and they think they know who it might be.
“Civil War II,” itself a sequel to the original series that the film was loosely based on, centres around a debate between heroes about the ethics and implications of a new character who can predict the future,
à la “Minority Report.” War Machine and (presumably) She-Hulk have already died, and Iron Man and Captain Marvel disagree on how to move forward — especially when the precognitive hero foresees the Hulk killing all of them.
Marvel has promoted the issue by teasing that “one of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe will fall.” They’re also releasing two one-shot comics called “The Fallen” and “The Accused,” suggesting that another familiar face is going to deliver the killing blow.
The cover for an upcoming issue hints at who is involved.
Here is the cover of the 11th issue of “Totally Awesome Hulk.”
It certainly looks like Hawkeye could bite it. Other covers support this theory too. The spin-off sixth issue of the spin-off comic “Civil War II: Choosing Sides,” depicts the character Jessica Jones in her private investigator’s office. On the wall behind here are a bunch of heroes’ head shots. War Machine, who we know is dead, has a big “x” over his picture. So does Hawkeye. A cover for the 11th issue of Spider-Woman’s comic shows her carrying a long, temporarily censored object. An arrow belonging to her ex, the late Hawkeye, perhaps?
Is the Hulk going to kill Hawkeye? Another possibility is that the roles will be switched. Perhaps “one of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe” means that the physically large Hulk is going to die.
Currently there are two Hulks in the Marvel Universe (wiz kid Amadeus Cho and the original Bruce Banner, though he’s in the midst of a powerless spell). It’s predicted that Banner’s inner Hulk will emerge ready to go on a rampage, but, using the information they learned from the precog, will Hawkeye take out Banner before he gets a chance to go on a rampage?
It makes a certain amount of sense. The purple archer was a villain in his first ever comics appearance, so it’s somewhat in character that he could do a dirty deed to help further what he perceives as a just sacrifice for good.
A solicitation for “Totally Awesome Hulk’s” ninth issue promises that current Hulk Amadeus Cho has “lost someone very close to him.” This could be a reference to the original Hulk, Bruce Banner.
We’ll find out for sure on Wednesday, July 6 when the third issue of “Civil War II” comes out.
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