I managed to score an advanced screening ticket to go see Captain America: Civil War on Thursday, roughly three weeks before it is released to the public. I cannot begin to describe the level of my enthusiasm.
I first read Civil War when I was learning about the backstory of the Marvel Universe. I only borrowed it and had to read it in roughly 30 minutes. However, it left an impact. Political turmoil, friends turning against each other, the rapid switching of sides that was – at times – hard to track…an entire story surrounding the “what-if” of governmental interference to the superhero world.
Marvel Cinematic Universe has been teasing this concept for a while. With Hulk acknowledging his damage to Harlem, Tony building Veronica (the Hulkbuster), even the news reels at the end of Avengers wherein citizens question who will be paying for the destruction of New York, it’s been evident that MCU was heading to this point.
What I like about what I’ve seen so far is that, unlike in the comic book, the movie seems as if they aren’t choosing a clearly defined right and wrong side. Following the hype of the numerous trailers, I’ve heard arguments from fans on both sides of the fence who claim to be either #TeamStark or #TeamCap. And there’s no wrong answer. There’s no right answer. Each side has its merits and failings and for the first time, it is truly up to the audience to decide.
Now, from the title of this blog post, I’d hope you could figure out that I am firmly in the camp of Team Cap. Human rights and liberties are where I hang my hat, rather than governmental oversight. That just leans a tad too far into political control and Nazism for my taste – but that’s just me.
I can’t fathom a world where my belief in one side over the other will change, as it so frequently does for the characters in the comic. However, I can truly say that I’m looking forward to seeing how this affects the audience during the viewing. I also can honestly say that I’m looking forward to witnessing (first…without anyone spoiling it…) how the Russo brothers are going to end the film in a way that keeps everyone happy (especially with the recent outpouring of hatred regarding the travesty that was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie in which two beloved characters were put into a situation where they had to duke it out.)
And with that, I assure you my dear reader, I will do everything in my power to not spoil any portion of the movie for you in my general and acute excitement the next time you see/speak to me.
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