Captain America Civil War Movie Review

Captain America Civil War Movie Review


Believe it or not, you CAN discuss Captain
America Civil War WITHOUT using it as an opportunity to take additional potshots at Batman v Superman
Dawn of Justice. Here, let me show you! Instead, we’re going to take potshots at Joss
Whedon! Remember him?! For awhile there, Whedon was right up there with Nolan – although he
never got a cool “In Nolan We Trust” catchphrase – as Kevin Feige’s golden boy. Not only did
Whedon direct Marvel’s two most successful films to date, only Shane Black’s Iron Man
3 was able to also join the billion dollar club, but he suggested Feige hire unknown
director James Gunn for the longshot Guardians of the Galaxy movie – and history was made!
But then, well, 2015 ushered in a dark period of history for Marvel and Whedon. Claiming
he was burned out on superhero movies and Feige’s oppressive ways, Whedon bit the hand
that fed him – apparently feeling he’d eaten enough anyway. Yes Whedon was ruthless in
his interviews with the press prior to the release of The Avengers Age of Ultron, but
then to his surprise fans turned on him when the film did hit theaters. They didn’t blame
Marvel and Feige for what Whedon claimed were forced edits and additional elements shoe-horned
into the film, but instead felt Whedon’s storytelling was sophmoric and his changes to the Black
Widow characer – a character he’d made famous in the first place – were misogynistic. It
got so bad, Whedon quit Twitter. Yes, Feige is undefeated when it comes to difficult directors,
proving that even when the results are less than stellar, these days he’s in fact the
one in which fans trust. So while Whedon literally has no directing gig even in the works right
now, Feige has crowned a new golden boy – two actually, The Russo Brothers. See, while their
debut Marvel film Captain America The Winter Soldier didn’t come anywhere near the billion
dollar club, and actually is only Marvel’s fourth best reviewed film, it is heralded
by fans as Marvel’s The Dark Knight – a sophisticated political thriller that elevates the entire
comic book genre. As a result, Whedon is out and The Russo Brothers are not only directing
Captain America Civil War – the third defacto Avengers flick – but also the next two official
Avengers movies, Infinity War Part 1 and 2. Indeed, the Marvel Cinematic landscape is
shifting across the board, as its former onscreen golden boy – Robert Downey Jr – is no longer
a fan favorite either with the internet strongly shifting its allegance to Captain America
who, as I like to point out, would totally vote for Bernie Sanders. When I started saying
that a few months ago some of you got mad, but today? I bet more and more of you can
totally see it. But while fans say one thing on the internet, moviegoers have said something
else at the box office – and Marvel movies starring Robert Downey Jr have wildly outperformed
Marvel movies that do not. Is Civil War a passing of the torch, Downey Jr reminding
Evans who’s boss, or perhaps a nervous Downey Jr wanting to make sure that if Captain America
3 does do big business he can still take the credit. It’s also worth noting that the Marvel
Cinematic Universe is getting more and more crowded – even Scarlet Johnansson no longer
has the luxury of being the only female character – and a new fan favorite could emerge at any
moment. In fact, early buzz says Spider-Man will steal the show, even if he does feel
shoe-horned in. Somewhere, Whedon sighs that Feige is still at it, while The Russo Brothers
slyly smile that they can handle him…

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