There might be Team Tony and Team Carol, and there might even have been distractions like Hawkeye vs. Bruce Banner, but we’ve known from the get go that Civil War II would all boil down to one almighty clash: Iron Man vs. Captain Marvel. That major scrap might already be over though, if the latest issue is anything to go by.
This week’s Civil War II #7 spools out of Inhuman soothsayer Ulysses’ shocking revelation of a potential future where Miles Morales kills Steve Rogers on the steps of Capitol Hill, a piece of imagery with all the subtlety of several hammers to your face. In an attempt to prove that he could never kill the original Captain America, Miles heads to Washington D.C., only to be instantly surrounded by the police and SHIELD forces at Carol’s behest. What neither of them realised is that Steve would show up too, in his own attempt to prove the vision false. Things start going well between the two heroes, who are both kind of embarrassed by the whole situation...
But then Carol steps in. Because Civil War II is nothing if not for making Carol Danvers an objectively obtuse villain whenever possible. Carol’s presence at the tense situation has sparked another huge vision from Ulysses, who visits the future apocalypse of the Old Man Logan timeline to receive a warning: Tony Stark pushed “her” too far, leading to, well, the end of the world. It’s pretty obvious that the “her” is Captain Marvel.
It’s a bit of an awkward attempt at both-sides-ism in a conflict that, so far, has failed miserably to make Captain Marvel’s stance reasonable or Iron Man’s disagreeable. But before the Inhumans can warn Carol about a vision that is basically “hey, stop being a worryingly dystopian jerk, Carol”, things go sideways at Capitol Hill.
Turns out, in an attempt to protect Miles from being arrested by Carol, he’d safeguarded the young hero with a personal shield—one that allows him to leap to Miles’ defence, clad in Hulkbuster armor, while Carol is distracted. The two briefly tussle, only for Carol to unleash an almighty, explosive blow...
We know, thanks to recent issues of Infamous Iron Man and Invincible Iron Man, that after Civil War II Tony Stark has no corporeal form, his brain patterns “living on” as an advanced A.I. in the hands of his successor, Riri Williams. For all intents and purposes, he is dead. Considering the savagery of Carol’s attack—one that at least looks like it could completely eradicate someone’s body—this could be the moment that another iconic Marvel hero falls thanks to this event.