Fellow True Believers, it is my duty to periodically come to you and report on the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and today I am glad to be able to say that the state of the MCU is awesome. My eagerness for Captain America: Civil War obviously could not be contained past opening weekend, especially given its ramifications for the larger connected universe, such as the television favorite Agents of SHIELD . What I can tell you in this spoiler-free first paragraph is that I loved it and it is difficult to imagine the casual movie-goer and true fan alike not being captivated by its excitement and depth. Again, spoilers aside, there is simply so much that the Russo Brothers and Kevin Feige got right, often in fun and surprising ways, that I’ve compiled a list of the Top Four Awesomenesses of Captain America: Civil War.
I’ll limit my disparaging comparisons to the Snyder debacle Batman v Superman in this article, but it’s worth mentioning the extent to which CA:CW shines especially in the wake of BvS’s flaws. We fans (the #NerdHerd) have been somewhat spoiled over the last decade and Zack Snyder serves to remind us of the long history of superhero movies helmed by directors that didn’t know and/or care about the source material, eager to put their own signature spin on beloved characters. What Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Christopher Nolan (except when he lost his mind on The Dark Knight Rises), and the Russo Brothers have shown is that the best pursuit with this genre is to pull the fantastic, fertile essence of these characters and stories onto the big screen and work to make the details fit in an appropriate way. There is a fine line that Feige and Co. have trod in placing their characters in a grounded reality while remaining true to the incredible and astonishing atmosphere of the comic book world.
It may be difficult for some to recall now but I remember how interesting I thought it was when Iron Man first came out in 2008 and the idea began to surface that Marvel Studios was going to build franchises (and then inter-connect them) on older, some would say less flashy heroes of the comic canon. This wasn’t Spider-Man or The Hulk (not yet anyway) and it wasn’t either of the two previously mentioned big guns of the DC world. This was Iron Man and Captain America, books whose most popular days, along with those of their Avenging teammates, lie in the bygone era of comic books’ Silver Age. Eight years, thirteen films, and three tv shows later (and counting) the success of the MCU seems a foregone conclusion rather than the result of key artistic choices, but indeed that’s exactly what makes the movies so awesome and allows for a universe where a complicated film like Captain America Civil War can exist and thrive.
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Proceeding beyond this point comes with the understanding and expectation of many SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War and the various connected entities of the MCU. If you have not yet seen the movie I would highly suggest doing so before moving on. It’s ok, I’ll wait, just leave this browser window open while you run to your local theater and strap yourself in for 2 ½ hours of superhero goodness. Then come on back and we’ll enjoy its awesomeness together over a glass of 1000-year-old Asgardian liquor.
All good? Onward then.
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