Captain America or Avengers?

Marvel’s first film of Phase 3, leading the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to its two-part Avengers: Infinity War, is the third Captain America film Captain America: Civil War. It appears that this film will address an issue that people brought up in the aftermath of Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel, namely the destruction of the cities where the superheroes have their battles against the forces of evil. The synopsis for Captain America: Civil War reads as follows from IMDb,

Following the events of the 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.

This seems to fit in nicely with the comic book story Civil War. That story, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, started off with a group of inexperienced superheroes causing 600+ deaths by an elementary school because they tried to fight supervillains in hopes of higher ratings for their reality TV show. The government passed the Super Human Registration Act (SHRA) that forced all superheroes to be deputized into SHIELD, revealing all of their personal information in exchange for training and a full-time job fighting super crime.

In that story, Iron Man supported the SHRA because a.) he has lost control of his armor before due to demons like alcoholism, and b.) knew this was the best compromise between the superheroes and the government. Captain America, seeing how dangerously fascist this is, opposed the SHRA. Heroes flocked to both leaders and fought a terrible war. No one came out a victor at the end of that series.

Civil War fan artI recently read an article about how Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) viciously negotiated for more screen time in Civil War when he was supposed to have a minor role in the earlier drafts. The resulting concern for this is that Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus (the screenwriters for both Captain America films), who had set up a beautiful trilogy featuring Captain America and his best friend, Bucky Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier), has been sabotaged by RDJ to get more screen time and more money.

As the cast for this film expands geometrically—it has to feel like they are putting “war” in the Civil War—I am gaining that concern as well. I’m more and more concerned that this will be less about Steve Rogers and more about the Avengers. This movie should be Captain America: Civil War not Avengers 2.5: Civil War. With Civil War introducing the Black Panther and rumored to be introducing the new Spider-Man, my concerns are growing like an avalanche.

I trust the screenwriters and the directors (Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to direct from Winter Soldier). But I also trusted Sam Rami too, and that was rewarded with Spider-Man 3. I trusted Marc Webb and I got two bad films in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. RDJ could have sabotaged a deeply emotional story between best friends in order to cash a check. Or may be not.

I think Civil War can and will be a story that centers on Cap’s quest to redeem Bucky Barnes from the Winter Soldier. And here’s how I think that will happen. (Click Here)


~ by hankimler on April 24, 2015.

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