It’s been 5 years since the first Captain America movie hit theaters worldwide and although it was not as impressive as Iron – Man was, it had made twice the come back with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and this year’s third installment (hopefully not the last though), Captain America: Civil War. Marvel is a genius when it comes to upting the ante in movie making and it reflects not only in the box office records of their films, but with the critics and fans as well. The first film debuted with almost $400 million in box office sales, the second film made over $700 million and now the third movie has already grossed to over $1 billion in net revenue and it’s still running in theaters even now!
Marvel would be mad to retire the character or stop the franchise all together. Fans want more and they deserve more! But first let us dissect Captain America: Civil War and how it became everybody’s favorite despite being a comic book movie.
The Russo brothers gave the franchise a fairly serious tone and depth that even non-comic book fans and critics, with excellent taste in films, noticed it. All of a sudden Marvel’s Captain America movies were getting very positive responses in just about every movie review that’s out there. Even in Rotten Tomatoes it was getting between 60% – 90% ratings which is a major leap for something, otherwise, would have been considered as a joke or a summer flick. The final scene where Cap, Bucky and Stark dukes it out in an epic confrontation inside that old Hydra base was arguably the best scene of any Marvel movies to date.
But it wasn’t the action sequence that made that scene great, it was the emotion it carried with it as Stark was forced to witness on a tiny TV screen the murder of his parents – and the murderer was standing not 3 feet from him. Captain Rogers stood between his two loyal friends and allies and was torn apart inside on which one he will choose to save. Stark or Barnes? To save Stark from turning evil and killing Bucky and lose all his credibility as Iron – Man, or save Bucky’s life from the invincible Iron – Man.
I hate to say it but even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would pale in comparison to the dark and seriousness of tone that the Russo brothers put in in that 30 minutes of cinematography. Perhaps the only movie I could consider which was as good or rivals it is V for Vendetta and that’s not even a superhero film, no, it was an antihero film that resonated with our current political crisis that has an R rating and a dark tone too! Not at all light and funny.
The Huge Cast
Having A-listers on the cast and having a lot of them is also another key element in making the movie interesting. From movies like The Guns of Navarone; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; to Oceans Eleven, Troy, The Departed and The Lord of the Rings; Captain America:Civil War boast talents of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, John Kani, Daniel Brühl and a lot more that even if you made a poorly written sceenplay for the movie, it would still not suck. I think I don’t have to give the details of these people’s resumes as they are rich and critically acclaimed.
You could put a gazillion sub plots and plot twists in order to play with the characters and each scene would be absolutely worth it. Only the movie’s budget would impede the directors’ creativity, because I’m certain that, if they wanted to, they could have easily made Captain America: Civil War even more majestic than its theatrical release. Plus all of the actors got along fine and were easy to work with on the set, so Marvel was blest with such an ensemble of talented and wonderful people.
The Kevin Feige Factor
Kevin Feige is like the grandmaster – if you will – of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and he literally directs all of the plots of every Marvel movie ever made and kneads them into a single thread masterpiece of amazing tapestry. The only difference is he works for a publicly traded company with lots of press coverage and fans, and it’s not a secret society of the elites at all! Feige had to fight for absolute control on the MCU as Marvel’s longtime CEO, Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter constantly meddled in casting actors, coming up with film budgets and even intervened in the tiniest details on making decisions for their films that caused a lot of friction between him, the directors and Perlmutter himself which led Feige calling Avengers: Age of Ultron a “failure,” despite its box office sales that soared to nearly $1.5 billion.
Some directors had to leave due to creative differences with the movie studio and Feige felt that it was counterproductive. Ultimately, Disney intervened and made Feige in charge of the MCU which would allow him to be as creative as possible. It also made a lot of fans very happy, especially with the direction that the MCU is headed – greatness. The fact that Captain America: Civil War had a good plot is thanks to Kevin Feige’s initiative and without him, the MCU would be in shambles by now.
The Big Surprise in the Plot Twist
No one would have thought that Captain America: Civil War would have such a huge reveal about Bucky’s past work with Hydra, or about how Stark’s parents were murdered, or how Margaret “Peggy” Carter died. It was all too much for fans that it even made me sad to see the movie. I thought I heard some girls cried in the theaters too! I could say this about the movie: there is nothing in Captain America: Civil War that’s boring and I think I speak for everybody regarding that fact. The Spider-Man intro and the whole airport mega battle scene was a cinematic epic.
It has never been done before and if I know Marvel, they often like to break their movie records, because I thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier blast the rooftop before, but no, no, Captain America: Civil War took down the whole building! And now rumors of the third installment of Thor (Thor: Ragnarok) will feature a Planet Hulk theme plus another start-studded cast as well. Marvel Studios is literally a running Juggernaut! Unstoppable in its tracks and it conquers the number 1 spots in the top 10 movies every time its movies gets released.
If you think I’m over-hyping Captain America: Civil War, then I think you should watch it for yourself and see if I’m right. In any case, millions of people already think it’s great, so I guess adding your opinions in that basket case would be even more exciting. Enjoy watching it folks!