For those of you who haven’t seen it, ‘Civil War’ was a great movie. It was an incalculably vast improvement on the comics, with characterization that felt more grounded in the previous movies and less crammed with Millar-esque swerves for the sake of swerves (part of this is that much of the genuinely despicable stuff that Tony did in the comics is off-loaded onto Thunderbolt Ross, who’s already a well-established asshole). The action sequences were great, the story worked in a whole bunch of characters and events without seeming overstuffed, and in general it made everyone look over at DC and say, “On your left.” And it made me want a very specific Marvel movie, which for the sake of avoiding spoilers for ‘Civil War’ I will put behind a cut.
So at the end of the movie, Zemo is prevented from killing himself by the Black Panther, who wants him held accountable for his actions, and put into prison. The movie I want opens with Zemo in prison, being visited by Thunderbolt Ross. It’s an unofficial, deniable visit, of course, because Zemo is a mass murderer and a figure of hatred in dozens of countries due to his attack on the UN. Officially, he will never leave his cell ever again.
Unofficially, though, Ross has a problem. Not everyone has signed onto the Sokovia Accords. Worse, some of the people who have are ignoring key provisions and acting like a law unto themselves. These rogue enhanced aren’t like Captain America’s crew, keeping a low profile; they’re making public strikes against high-profile targets, and they don’t care about civilians in harm’s way. Ross is putting a team together to stop them. And while Zemo is incarcerated for murder, “Citizen V” can lead a team to bring these people to justice.
It’s a win/win situation. Ross gets a tactical and strategic genius who can take down enhanced humans. Zemo gets a shot at redemption, and a chance to do what he’s wanted to do for years now–stop reckless superhumans before they endanger the innocent. He can lead Ross’s Sokovian Accords Enforcement Squad…or, as it’s already being nicknamed, “The Thunderbolts”.
Yeah, I know, ‘Suicide Squad’, but tell me you wouldn’t watch the hell out of this.