The thirteenth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War is the third headlining outing for supersoldier Steve Rogers, but is far from a solo outing, with a cast including Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner and long absent William Hurt as Secretary of State Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, a character whose only previous appearance was in The Incredible Hulk in 2008,
Also on their second appearances are Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, both last seen in Age of Ultron, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, fresh of his own headlining turn in Ant-Man and Frank Grillo as Brock “Crossbones” Rumlow, the Hydra agent who infiltrated S.H.I.E.LD. in Winter Soldier while in their first appearances are Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, setting the character up for his own film of the same name, due 2018.
Reuniting the winning team behind The Winter Soldier, it is once again directed by brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely whose next project together will be the two parts of Avengers: Infinity War, due for release in 2018 and 2019, so it can pretty much be said that the gang is all here, though apparently not playing happy families with the inspiration for Civil War drawn from the comic run of the same name.
Running from July 2006 to January 2007 written by Kick-Ass and Kingsman creator Mark Millar, the internal and external struggles of the team fit neatly into the aftermath of both The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, with the heroes who have done so much to save the world questioned and subjected to restrictions from the politicians who are afraid of their power.
With the first trailer released, the team have expressed their views…
Wes May – Wow! It looks like all of the ways that the comic book Civil War disappointed us, the movie version will make up for.
The collection of heroes, the nobility of Cap versus the arrogance and superiority complex of Iron Man, and that final shot beat down featuring Cap, Bucky and Iron Man: so much geeky goodness. Here’s hoping that the returning brothers that directed the excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier don’t let us down.
Michael Flett – I’m glad it’s the same team as behind Winter Soldier as up until that point I could fairly take or leave the Marvel films. I’m not a comics person, I’m not a superhero person, but that was the one that broke the mould, that would have been a great film regardless of what genre it was. I just hope they can push it as far in another direction as it needs to be, because for me Ant-Man was a huge step back to the predictable format that all the others had been following until that point.
The Sokovia Accords? That looks like the hefty fallout from Age of Ultron, perhaps something parallel to the mutant registration act over in that branch of the superhero universe occupied by the X-Men which we’re not allowed to talk about, looking to curb activity only to government sanctioned actions. And astonishingly it looks like it’s Tony Stark who has not only had his wings clipped but has willingly gone along with it.
Whoever thought Iron Man would be the guy arguing for moderation and not acting impulsively? Did the Ultron incident actually teach him humility?
The Captain isn’t going to go for it, which on first thought is surprising, but not when you really think about who and what he is. It’s not that Steve is questioning his loyalty, it’s just that he has a loyalty which goes back further, to his friend, to the country he grew up in which really doesn’t exist any more. He’s from another time, and he his patriotism is to the ideal of America, not what it has become.
But isn’t that just Steve? He will play by the book, won’t even cuss, but when the chips are down he will do what his heart tells him to do is the right thing. He’s a patriot, but not an unquestioning one – that’s why he was the man who brought down Hydra, though no doubt that has earned him a lot of resentment from those who were made to look like fools when the infiltration happened on their watch.
Bucky is doing a lot better now that the conditioning is fading. I really need to see First Avenger again – I only caught it once at the cinema when it first came out back in 2011, but I need to remind myself of their friendship. It’ll be good to have him back in the fold, and it will be good for Steve to have a friend whom he knew in the time before, even if that time is long gone for both of them.
It truly is a fantastic cast and juggling them is going to be insane, but it will be good prep work for what they’re going to need to be able to handle the full Avengers thing when the time comes. I suspect Civil War will have a hefty run-time and even then a lot of them will be little more than cameos.
I’m seeing the darkness of Winter Soldier but not the zing, and while it’s good to change the dynamic and it will be interesting to see their positions reversed, my fear is that it could turn into the huge mistake of the first Fantastic Four film where everything that happens is a squabble between friends and everything else is collateral damage from that falling out. I can’t believe this team would make a film so stupid, but then we thought the producers on that film would learn from their own mistakes, and Rise of the Silver Surfer was actually worse.
This launches Phase Three, and up straight after this is Doctor Strange, which, again, I know nothing about other than it’s directed by Scott Derrickson, the man who gave us utterly wretched remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and the terminally dull Deliver Us From Evil, so hope for that is exceedingly, I say exceedingly low, so this really has to be the one to make the mark next year.
Dario Persechino – The internet seems to have gone crazy over this trailer, thrilled with every glimpse of fights and new characters… but I’m just not feeling it.
The Winter Soldier was very good, and this looks like a continuation from that style, but The Winter Soldier was a great story about power, corruption, and finding the balance to keep the world safe.
This trailer seems very narrowly focused around Bucky being the issue, and I hope it is the wider concepts and ideas from the comic they address. I suspect it will be in the long term but the trailer just looked like Iron Man and Captain America having a punch up over Bucky. That alone isn’t a story worthy of the civil war.
The fight scene at the end of the trailer was clearly meant to be a strong visual and it succeeded. This will be brutal in-fighting of the heroes we love… I just hope they have the story to match. By all accounts this should have got my heart beat up, but it just didn’t.
Adam Dworak – So the Marvel cookie factory has made another superhero movie – oh, joy! What once was exciting and grand has now become common and a bit tasteless. We’re almost drowning in the flood of superhero movies. Is this same fate awaits the Star Wars universe? Only time will tell…
On the other hand, the trailer looks… professional. I can see that Marvel has decided to continue, if I may say, the “political fiction” theme which made The Winter Soldier quite interesting. I expect to see dirty politicians and their games in which the superheroes are only the pawns.
Bringing Iron Man to the table is another good idea but will Marvel be able to tone down Tony Stark so he won’t overshadow the story and other characters, as has happened in previous instalments of Marvel universe. It’s also hard not to see that the whole Captain America versus Iron Man is Marvel’s response to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled for release April 29th in the UK and a week later in America