Marvel to Release Second Comic Book 'Civil War' Ahead of Movie

'Civil War II' will begin a month before the release of 'Captain America: Civil War.'
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It appears that no matter who Captain America is, he's going to have a problem with Iron Man.

Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that to tie in with next May's Captain America: Civil War movie — which pits Chris Evans' Steve Rogers against Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark — it will launch Civil War II, a comic book series pitting Stark against the current comic book Cap, Sam Wilson.

The publisher confirmed the existence of the project to ComicBook.com Monday, following the release of a retailer-only teaser in October.

It's unclear at this point whether or not the second comic book Civil War will be its own series, or as a storyline within existing Marvel comic books; the creative team announced for the project — writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez — are currently at work on the Invincible Iron Man series, which might suggest that the story will unfold in that title.

Whether as a standalone series or storyline in Invincible Iron Man, Civil War II will launch in April 2016, ahead of the May 5 release of Marvel Studios' big-screen superhero slugfest, which also features Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie.

The cinematic Civil War centers on Captain America's attempts to defend the Winter Soldier — his wartime friend Bucky Barnes (Stan) — from the authorities, led by Iron Man. In Marvel's comic book mythology, Barnes also spent some time in the role of Captain America, during which time he came into conflict with Tony Stark in the latter's temporary position as director of SHIELD.

Apparently, fighting with Iron Man is as much part of the Captain America job description as carrying a shield or upholding American values ...

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