Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
So there is this little independent film this year that you may have heard of. It goes by the name of Captain America: Civil War. Of course, by little I mean huge and by independent I mean back by millions of dollars and one of the largest production companies in film. Forget what you have heard of it and join me as I take you through what you really need to know.
Now this movie is obviously a bit more hyped than many other superhero movies of the past. Each avengers movie seems to beat the records of the last and this looks to do no different. With much of the gang getting back together to fight against each other it raises full attention for all of us fans to join in and pick a side!
Now that we are beginning to see critic reception to the movie lets take a chance to really dive deep into just what it is all about! Let’s soak up every little piece of information possible to distract ourselves until the moment we can all go see it, shall we?
As we all know this time around in the avengers universe we can expect to see Captain America and Iron man duel it out. While many fans of the movies alone are finding themselves lost in translation as to why they are suddenly pinned against one another there is some context.
After the incidents resulting from the previous two Avengers movies, the world has fallen to some serious collateral damage at the hands of the superhero team. Due to this pressure from the political end of the country begins to weigh down onto the group. A system of accountability is built to keep the hero’s in check when they begin to cause damage again. This is the deciding factor for where the split begins in the group. Iron Man (Robert Downey JR.) endorses the government plan to create oversight on all actions of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes that for each member to fully defend the human race they need free reign without interference from government third parties. With the separation, each member of the avengers must choose their side. Either chase after the now superhero vigilante to create a status quo, or fight for the freedom to defend against all else.
Civil War sees the return of 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo. These brothers made their Marvel Directorial debut with Winter Soldier and after fan and critic reception there it is easy to understand why they were chosen to return. With their debut showcasing some of the greatest (and most coherent) work in the MCU we should all be excited to see what they do with Civil War.
Back in 2012 audiences were amazed when they saw so many Superhero’s all in one movie! The original Avengers was a blockbuster hit due to the star-studded cast knocking their roles out of the park! In comparison, Civil War has a cast built for a full franchise! Let’s take a look at whom we will be seeing on the silver screen.
Getting as far as the title of the film it can seem obvious to add Captain America to the ensemble yet again. Mr. America (otherwise known as Steve Rogers) is played by the charismatic, strong-chinned Chris Evans. While you might imagine that Captain America would stand for government and the country, you must remember what happened the last time he put his faith in a government program. While he came out of the weapons plus program super-powered by a serum, he also came out scarred and betrayed. After needing to destroy the plan from the inside out it makes sense that he would never want to let that happen again.
Since Robert Downey JR’s induction into the Iron Man role back in 2008, he has seen serious character growth. Tony Stark is a very changed man from who he was then. After experiencing the tragedy within the first Avengers film, Tony is inflicted with fear and PTSD. This fear leads him to create the A.I. you see in Age of Ultron. The regret from the lives lost due to these actions seems to be the main reason he pushes for the Superhero Registration Act.
Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) has been a slow build for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With a much more fully fleshed out role in The Winter Soldier we have seen Falcon rise from a smart military man to a full blown Avenger! This, of course, means that he gets mixed up in their Civil War.
The Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes)
Hopefully, by this point, you have seen The Winter Soldier. Fans were shocked to see the cliffhanger leave such an important character out in the ether. While it seems obvious that Bucky will play a large role in Civil War, we still have to assume how he will act. The last we saw of him was the soldier coming to the realization that he is Bucky Barnes. This will be our chance to finally see the real Bucky on screen.
As one of the few characters yet to be formally introduced into the MCU, Black Panther will be a very interesting role to see. With so little known of his involvement, we can expect to see a bit of character development from Chadwick Boseman in Civil War. Especially since there is a solo Black Panther movie slated for 2018!
A fan favorite in Age of Ultron, Vision is making a return to the MCU here in Civil War. Paul Bettany creates the wonderful mix of collected and chaotic in the purple-faced protagonist. Seeing as how co-creation of his life belongs to Tony Stark it is easy to see him leaning towards the Pro-Registration side of the war.
In Age of Ultron, we finally got some War Machine action! Not only that but the strong character played by Don Cheadle was even inducted as a true Avenger by the end of it! Is this enough exclamation marks?!!!! I love War Machine and you should too. While the initial ties to the Avengers and Cap may cause confliction for James Rhodes, his longstanding brotherly love for his friend in the red metal suit should give us a pretty good indication of where his stance will lie.
The Avengers lineup at the end of Age of Ultron gave us news that the new MCU addition of Scarlet Witch is already an addition to the Avengers team. While Elizabeth Olsen played the character perfectly we are still unsure just how integrated She will be in Civil War. As a part of the Avengers team, we can assume she is team Cap!
Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. This Avenger has been a wild character her whole life. The anticipation to see which side the Scarlett Johansson played character ends up on is seemingly the highest between fans. Still being a member of the Avengers while supporting the Registration Act makes for a conflicting decision. Whether or not she chooses her friend Cap, or the team she aligns with, we can all agree that her return for Civil War is welcomed.
After Clint Barton was left out of all the fun in The Winter Soldier it is nice to see him return. After being humanized with the reveal of his family in Age of Ultron, Jeremy Renner’s arrow slinging character is more beloved than ever! While he has effectively retired to take care of this family we will see how he somehow gets roped into the feud.
Congratulations Paul Rudd, you did it. Making a quick return in a direct follow-up Marvel movie from his solo film last year, we are delighted to the humorous hero in Civil War. Many speculated (myself Included) if he would be added to the roster here. Since 2015’s Ant-Man seemed more like a standalone adventure akin to Guardians of the Galaxy, it will be interesting to see how he plays into this film.
Welcome, Home. It seems my wildest dream has come true and Spider-Man is back where he belongs. I assume our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is your favorite superhero too right? Now that Spidey is with his pals in the MCU and even gets his standalone movie in 2017, we can see how he is incorporated. Acted out by up and comer Tom Holland we see a younger Spider-Man (Spider-Boy?). After hearing some of the early impressions come in from critics it would seem that Holland has a larger role than expected, and is actually one of the best parts of the film! I just cannot wait even a little bit!
Reportedly the budget for Captain America: Civil war was a fighting point for many on the backend of the film. In August of 2015,it was announced that the president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige would no longer be reporting to Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. Instead, Feige is to report directly to Alan Horn, an Executive from Disney.
This Drama had been stirring for awhile as rumors have arisen that Perlmutter was frugal on marketing budget and had an unpredictable personality. Just a week later after this news broke, the creative committee from marvel Studios disbanded. Without the team that voted on the ideas for the MCU and serious changes in the corporate structure fans began to worry.
However, we are not new to this as every great movie has had to deal with it at one point or another. If anything, no great moview ever comes cheap.
It seems that we now know the truth as to what pushed tensions over the line. The budget for the AAA superhero movie Civil War continued to rise as production moved along. Feige was reportedly told multiple times to “scale it down” as to save on budget. Feige began to seriously consider leaving his position at Marvel Studios due to the bottlenecking of his vision.
After addressing his concerns to Disney CEO Bob Iger, Feige was able to get a corporate restructuring approved that moved him away from working under Perlmutter. It now seems that a large chunk if the original vision team will have “nominal at best” oversight on future MCU film decisions.
What will us fans notice due to this? A lower rate of show-to-movie crossover. These will coincide about as often as Perlmutter and Feige. So basically, don’t hold your breath.
Fanboy on set
While we all may see Iran man and Captain America as the big stars and awesome heroes in comparison to Ant-Man, you may be surprised to hear Paul Rudd feels the same!
The Ant-Man actor spoke out on his press tour for civil war recently about how “excited” he may have gotten on set.
"So to be there on the day [the other heroes arrived], I kind of couldn't stop geeking out about it: 'Oh my God, there's the Shield!' When I was getting the suit on, there's this area where we get changed and stuff, and it's like, 'Oh, there's Iron Man's suit!' I did feel that, that excitement of, 'What? I can't believe that I landed here. This is nuts.'"
I think we can all agree on just how awesome those backstage moments would be! Glad to hear just how down to earth and “fan-boy” normal he happens to be! Love you, Paul.
Closing comments in the closing days
So we are almost there. Close enough to have our tickets ready and have real spoilers online to avoid. The hours spent trying to see just enough reception online while skimming the line of seeing too much has begun. Luckily the road ahead looks to be as positive as I imagined it would be!
The cast looks amazing, the surprises left seem plentiful, and the planned get tog ethers for viewing are already setting themselves up! We hope this information helped to kill some time as you eagerly hold your ticket, wait for May 6th and hope that Tom Holland will bring the character back from the dead.