The Marvel universe is getting split in two all over again. ComicBook.com reports that Civil War II, the followup to the controversial 2006 event series, will debut next spring. Marvel made the announcement via the latest Diamond Retailer calendar, putting the above Cap vs. Iron Man splash page on the April 2016 page. That timing, which is still subject to change, puts the event right around the release of Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters May 6th.
The creative team behind Civil War II is Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez, the pair currently behind Marvel Invincible Iron Man. Not much is known yet about the plot, but it can be assumed that Sam Wilson, the new Captain America, and Tony Stark come to blows over some new issue that divides Marvel's greatest heroes.
Does Civil War really need a sequel series?
The last Civil War event saw Cap and Iron Man coming to blows over the Superhuman Registration Act, a piece of legislation that sought to have all superpowered vigilantes register with the US government and give up their secret identities. While the premise was sound at the time, the series quickly devolved into a drawn out slugfest that made both heroes look like villains. Even though it's among some of Marvel biggest event series — so big it was even revived this year as a part of Secret Wars — it's hardly the best.
Of course, Marvel has every reason in the world to want another Civil War. Just when the first Captain America: Civil War trailer set a record for most watched debut trailer on YouTube, the comics giant must want to maximize the number of eyes it has on every medium it can. It's a little hard to read this as anything other than opportunistic. At this rate, don't be surprised if the next Disney Infinity expansion has a Civil War component timed for next spring, too.