You have to love it when a friend tells you a potential theory behind Civil War, and it actually makes sense. Over at Your Mom’s Basement, the indubitable Ash Aiwase explains it all:
Miriam Sharpe is Loki.
The easiest thing to point to is the t-shirt solicitation in Previews that Rich Johnston picked up a few weeks ago in Lying in the Gutters (see: “The Invisible Creature”).
This t-shirt is visible in Previews and showcases a recolored version of this cover where the background is red and those diagonal slashes (look at the big version) are a lot clearer and look an awful lot like someone’s horned helmet.
This is a stretch, yes, but Sherlock Holmes can work off of induction and so can I.
So let’s delve into the text, shall we?
We first see Miriam Sharpe in Civil War 1 where she plays an inversion of the Cindy Sheehan role at the funeral for the Stamford dead (60 of which were kids). She spits in Iron Man’s face and blames him for the death of her son Damien regardless of the fact that Iron Man had nothing to do with the Stamfield event. Millar loves his Antichrist stories, right? That name isn’t incidental.
Next time we see her, it’s in Civil War 2, where’s she’s rallied forces and become an advocate of the Pro-Registration Movement. She’s there at the press conference where Spider Man, acting as Stark’s protege, unmasks to the public.
After that, she’s in Civil War 4 at Goliath’s funeral. Stark is having doubts as to the righteousness of his crusade, and Sharpe gives Stark an Iron Man toy that her son Damien used to treasure. This act reaffirms his resolve even though his misguided actions (the cloning of Thor!) resulted in the death of a member of the superhero community.
And today (or next week)? In Civil War 6? (What’s up with the apparent appearance of the Scarlet Witch on pages 13, 14, and 16? That, I believe, is a “red” herring) Read the dialogue with Sharpe on page 17:
“I really want to thank you for all of this. Not just the money, I mean, all the work you’ve done to push my big idea.”
Who better than Loki, in human guise, to trick earth’s mightiest heroes into fighting amongst themselves? Before Civil War, the Registration Act was seen as something already being debated among politicians – certainly, the Act wasn’t her idea.
Tony Stark, however, has a history of being manipulated by outside forces – alcohol, Justin Hammer, Obediah Stane, Immortus…
Who’s idea was it to use earth’s mightiest villains to track down earth’s mightiest heroes?
It makes too much sense. Loki’s the one pulling the strings behind Civil War.
I have to admit, if this isn’t the conclusion of Civil War, then it probably should be…