Captain America says to Iron Man – “You know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice, but he is my friend…”
Iron Man in response to Captain America – “So was I.”
In just a matter of days, we will be exposed to perhaps the biggest blockbuster movie of 2016 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. And in a year when it seems that superheroes are having conflicts with other heroes, (Batman V Superman, Daredevil V Punisher) the most intriguing may be Civil War. Why? Because we have been a witness to the growing and boiling conflict between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers ever since the first Avengers movie, so we have a well earned investment into the dynamic between these two beloved superheroes.
Whose side are you on? #TeamIronMan or #TeamCap?
This is the cattle call, the earnest cry coming forth from the battle lines drawn by Marvel studios, so to help you get ready to pick sides and watch this epic movie, here are a few things to consider…
1) The Winter Soldier – it’s not necessary but very important to have seen the movie Captain America Winter Soldier because it is imperative to understand where that movie left our heroes and the state of affairs they find themselves in, for this movie is a continuation. Also that movie shows us the emotional weight that burdens Captain America concerning his best friend Bucky AKA the Winter Soldier, which will be paramount to the telling of this new film.
2) The Civil War Storyline – In the comics, Civil War takes place after some low-level heroes try to defeat some bad guys and in the process the civilian casualties include kids. The world is outraged and believes that superheroes should be registered and the world also should decide when they should be deployed into action. The Civil War movie will follow some similar themes as the comic because within the MCU, we have seen N.Y. attacked by aliens, D.C. almost destroyed by a terrorist organization and a foreign country (Sokovia) leveled by artificial intelligence. Someone has to answer for the damage! Some of the heroes are pro-registration and the others anti-registration. The battle lines drawn!
3) Intro to New Heroes – for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe we will finally integrate Spider-Man into the mix as well as the highly anticipated début of Black Panther. Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes packed with all of his wise cracking, “with great power comes great responsibility” believing… web slinging. And Black Panther is the Prince/King of Wakanda, the rich African nation that houses the indestructible mineral Vibranium. They are two of Marvel’s most popular, intelligent and powerful superheroes and the fans of Marvel in particular and comics in general, should be satisfied with the characterization of these two.
So whose side are you on?? This film will adroitly lay out the argument for both points of view to make each side appealing, all the while forcing you to choose a side. When this movie is over, the heroes that we have grown to love over the history of the MCU, (12 movies in all) will be fractured, embattled and perhaps psychologically damaged with major trust issues with society, their powers and mission and lastly… with the people they called friends.
After all the dust has settled and we are leaving the movies after all the post credit scenes, maybe we will sit back and ponder and let our emotions get the best of us and just like Tony Stark we’ll whimper his tear jerking line… “So was I.”
Darryl King is a video director, film writer and avid Marvel/DC comic book/movie lover. Check out his reviews of Deadpool, Avengers: Age of Ultron and ANT-MAN, and his primer guide to Star Wars: The Force Awakens right here on MMT.