SPOILERS – Civil War II #5 Turns Into Marvel Comics Into ‘The Night Of’

Posted by September 21, 2016 37 Comments

Nothing in the New York Daily News. Or the Washington Post. Or Variety. Yet. Looks like I was completely wrong and Marvel have been rather restrained.

So, yes, Civil War II #5. Big spoilers, big implications, big newsworthiness, the lot.

In previous issues of Civil War II, we had seen Hawkeye put an arrow through Bruce Banner’s brain because he says he started to turn into the Hulk, in accordance with a vision of the future that the Inhuman Ulysses had shared with everyone – something no one else, not even Karnak, not even Spider-Man’s spider-sense was aware of. Hawkeye was tried and was freed by a jury.

Hawkeye was tried and was freed by a jury. It played remarkably like a policeman who shoots a suspect, claiming he was going for his gun – when there may not even have been a gun present – and gets cleared as a result.

It felt like an allegory for certain familiar stories and, yes, a few people started using the #GreenLivesMatter hashtag.

But what would come next? Tony Stark made the point a couple of times previously.
41_21And then they killed Bruce Banner based on one such vision.

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So who would be next?

Civil War II #5 is less allegorical and more on the nose. As, in the middle of a fight between the two opposing sides on this issue…

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…not that anyone is really sure why they are fighting. Ulysses has a vision of a much further future

(Even though in today’s Civil War II: X-Men #4 he’s not meant to be able to do that.)

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And he – and all the fighting heroes – see what’s coming. When Miles Morales Spider-Man is all grown up.

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He kills Captain America in the far future. Or rather, someone wearing Miles Morales’ Spider-Man costume kills the Hydra-aligned Captain America. Or, is holding his body. Or they are posing for some kind of superhero mural in the future. It could be literally anything – with a little local political damage.

Basically, it’s the superhero version of The Night Of. Everyone seen that by now? Good. Well, maybe Carol Danvers hasn’t because this evidence is more than enough.

Image (97)Even though the vision seems to show that whatever might happen with Cap, if true, won’t happen for ages. Indeed, on the basis of the vision, they might as well arrest Cap.

Do you think Miles will let himself be taken? Well, suddenly some solicitations are a lot clearer. Civil War II #6 features Miles going up against Cap.

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With a variant cover promising,

CIVWARII2016007_ChoVarWhile upcoming solicits for Spider-Man now seem explained, with Miles Morales Spider-Man on the run…

SPIDER-MAN #9
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • NICO LEON (A)
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN!
• What did the Profiler see about Miles?
• Whatever it is, it’s made him the Marvel Universe’s most wanted!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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SPIDER-MAN #10
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • Nico LEON (a)
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
STEAM VARIANT COVER BY TBA
CIVIL WAR II Aftermath!
• The events of Civil War II have made Miles a target and will change the way the Marvel Universe looks at Spider-Man forever.

Both with the same cover, so we’re probably getting a new onethat may be more explicit about what’s going on closer to release date.

And it may explain this cover for Spider-Man #11…

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But note he seems a lot happier in the Champions series.

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And definitely happier in 2017…

spider-man---spider-gwen-190102So it looks like, if not by Civil War II #6, there is a way out for Miles.

But there are definitely a lot of mileage in looking at how everyone will react to one of Marvel’s more prominent black superhero icons killing their oldest, white superhero icon.

Even if he is Hydra.

Civil War II #5 by Brian Bendis and David Marquez is published today. Thanks to Matt Spatola for a typo check.

 

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