Here we are: the second gigantic superhero movie showdown of 2016 is finally upon us. Captain America: Civil War is finally in theaters everywhere and the early response has been generally positive. Somehow, we’re thirteen movies deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and these movies somehow still feel fresh.
But here’s the important question: what did you think? If you haven’t seen the movie yet, feel free to read Ethan Anderton’s spoiler-free review. If you have seen it, check out Jack Giroux’s chat with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about two scenes that were deleted from the film. We have more Civil War stories planned for the coming days (including a big spoiler-filled look at the entire film), but consider this your space to chat about the movie and politely debate what you like and don’t like.
We’ll run down a few talking points below, so spoilers lurk ahead! And if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should definitely stay out of the comments because there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead in the post and in the comments. Consider yourself warned.
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Marvel Studios has come a long way since 2008’s Iron Man. At the time, who would’ve thought that box office hit would pave the way for a superhero frenzy in Hollywood? Perhaps Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige — the man that helped build the Marvel Cinematic Universe — knew. Feige’s latest offering is Captain America: Civil War, a superhero showdown pitting Team Cap and against Team Iron Man.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Civil War is a rather large ensemble story, full of familiar and new characters. Both Black Panther and Spider-Man get plenty of screentime, but more importantly, they serve a purpose in the story. We discussed these two new additions to the MCU with Feige, who also talked about the lessons he learned from the first Iron Man, Civil War‘s airport set piece, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and more.
Below, read our Kevin Feige interview. Warning: SPOILERS ahead.
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Captain America: Civil War marks screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely‘s fifth collaboration with Marvel, after Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor 2: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and their work on Agent Carter. So it’s not surprising Marvel selected the screenwriting duo to handle an undertaking as large as Avengers: Infinity War.
The stories Markus and McFeely are telling continue to increase in scope, but the two rarely lose sight of character and the story at hand, never spending too much time teasing the future of the MCU. Considering the fact that they had to set up Black Panther, the new Spider-Man, and a tiny bit of Infinity War, it’s impressive how focused and cleanly told Civil War‘s narrative is. Perhaps in less capable hands, Marvel’s latest easily could have been a complete mess.
To learn how the script came together, read our Christoper Markus and Stephen McFeely interview below. Be warned there are SPOILERS ahead for Captain America: Civil War.
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Today brings Captain America: Civil War to theaters everywhere, but a slew of people already caught early screenings last night to get the ball rolling on what will be a huge weekend at the box office for Marvel Studios. In many ways, it’s a miracle that this movie exists. Not only did some fans think seeing The Avengers on the big screen was impossible, but even after they were assemble, they never thought we’d get to see the Civil War storyline played out on film.
But what if Captain America: Civil War was released in 1995 instead? A new remix reimagines the movie by using old voiceover, footage from various political action thrillers and clips from Marvel’s real movie to create a trailer that you might have seen on home video back in the 90s.
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Ironhead Studios is one of the companies who creates superhero wardrobes, and the folks at Tested talked with founder Jose Fernandez about some of the work they’ve done which includes Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and non-superhero flicks like TRON Legacy. Find out more about how superhero movie costumes are made after the jump. Read More »
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Last year, Marvel Studios tested the mettle of comic book movie fans with “The Ultimate Marvel Marathon,” a 28-hour marathon consisting of 11 movies, climaxing with the brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron. I didn’t attend this event, but I know people who did. They have war stories. Their posteriors (and their sanity) never returned to full working order.
Marvel isn’t doing anything as extreme as that this year, but they are still offering fans the chance to numb their butts in the name of superhero fandom. They have just announced the “Ultimate Captain America Marathon,” which will screen in select theaters this Thursday and will, of course, conclude with a screening of Captain America: Civil War.
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