Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has been smashing it at the box office – pushing Marvel one step closer to being the first movie of 2016 to earn over $1 billion. Cumulatively, the MCU has now earned over $10 billion across its 13 movies. That’s pretty impressive, all in all. But, I know some people weren’t too impressed with Civil War, so let’s talk about that.
Seeing as it’s been on South African cinemas for three weeks now, I’m going to assume the majority of you have seen it. For those of you that haven’t yet, please take this as a very obvious spoiler warning for the rest of the article and the comments.
Spoilers ahead! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let me give a quick disclaimer. I am a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Captain America is my favourite character from all the solo movies. I loved The First Avenger and I rank Winter Soldier as one of my favourite movies of all time. That being said, there have been some valid criticisms about Civil War, so I’d like to open up the comments to a discussion about what you didn’t like. And bear in mind, what I’m about to say comes from the bottom of my heart, as a Marvel fan that loves the franchise and did love Civil War, despite its faults.
So, on to what I didn’t like. First off, the usual issue of a hamstrung main villain. Zemo served as little more than a walking plot device, whose sole motivation was to get characters from scene to scene, and honestly this bothered me. Now that I’ve had time to reflect on it, the plot contrivances that Zemo brought start to rankle.
Another issue I had was the fact that the stakes were so low, comparatively. Yes in terms of The Avengers dividing and fighting amongst themselves, the fate of the team we care so much about were high stakes, but in the end nothing really bad happened. Nobody died, even Rhodey’s permanent disability was magically fixed with Stark technology. I’m really not inferring that someone has to die for the sake of drama, but there should be real and visible consequences, and it feels like that’s lacking.
What concerns me about the MCU in general is that Marvel is riding a high. Right now, it seems like they can really do no wrong, and I’m worried that it will lead to complacency. If they decide to just start cashing in on their name and throwing every fan service character they can think of our way, they run the risk of collapsing under their own weight. I hope that it never happens, and I hope they don’t stagnate, but I’m worried that they will. Their current unbroken string of excellent movies almost seems too good to be true.
So, for those of you that really didn’t enjoy Captain America: Civil War, I’d like to hear why. Just please keep it civil (ha!) in the comments.
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Last Updated: May 18, 2016