The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taught Hollywood the value of having a multi-tiered franchise that reconvenes every few years for a big Avengers-sized event. However, as the fans who grew up reading comics in the continuity-dense eras the Marvel Studios films draw from can attest, the real benefit is that this allows “related” characters to influence each other’s stories in new ways. Thus far, the realities of filmmaking have limited the MCU in that regard, with mostly fleeting mentions of Avengers getting an obligatory nod in the various “solo” films, TV shows, and so on. Captain America: Civil War aims to change that, with a story that follows its titular hero (Chris Evans) on a personal mission that involves an old friend – one that’s complicated by outside forces in the form of his superhero allies.
Now, the MCU Exchange has put together a trailer-style refresher on how it all got to this point in a new video (see above) – which some are calling a more effective teaser than the ones officially released by Marvel Studios.
Incorporating clips and soundbites from almost every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie released to date, along with relevant asides to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Jessica Jones, the MCU Supercut – The Road to Civil War video tracks back through various instances that represent the differing approaches to superhero duty that inform Civil War’s main characters of Captain America and Iron Man. In doing so, it reminds audiences not only of the events that have transpired but of how much long-term consistency has been built into these various characterizations – with Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ ultimate decision in this latest feature lining up fairly reasonably with their portrayal beforehand.
In the Civil War comics event, the superhero community divided over how to respond to a government registration/licensing initiative launched in the wake of a powered-battle accidentally blowing up an elementary school; with Iron Man bringing heroes who supported the move under his auspices and Captain America spearheading an underground resistance against the program. In the film, the crackdown on superhuman vigilantism comes in response to the culmination of large-scale destruction wrought since the rise to prominence of “enhanced individuals,” with the two onetime friends and fellow Avengers breaking on similar lines – with an unspecified personal conflict involving The Winter Soldier (aka Bucky Barnes) playing a key part in the schism and the yet-unseen presence of Spider-Man factoring in, too.
The Civil War comic had wide-reaching effects on the Marvel Universe: The Avengers completely realigned, Captain America was killed (he got better), the X-Men severed ties with allies on both sides of the conflict, The Fantastic Four broke up (for awhile), The Punisher re-emerged into the mainstream Marvel Universe, Spider-Man revealed his secret identity to the public, and Aunt May Parker got shot – leading Spidey to make a deal with Satan (really) to undo his recent missteps at the cost of deleting his marriage to Mary-Jane from continuity (seriously.) It remains to be seen what kind of similar impact the Civil War movie will have on the lives of its featured players; though Marvel has been touting a “new and different” lineup for The Avengers in the first part of Infinity War since before anyone knew what Captain America’s third movie was about.
It remains to be seen what the reception for Civil War will be. While Marvel at this point can be counted on for a big box-office, Civil War is following the similarly-themed Batman V Superman in theaters. The general “world” of superhero blockbusters is in an interesting place after the success of 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool – with some claiming that it provides evidence that moviegoers are beginning to tire of the comic book movie tropes that the film happily sends up. It’s also worth noting that Civil War will be the last “traditional” MCU film for awhile, with supernatural/magic-themed newcomer Doctor Strange up next in November, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting next May and Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man hitting theaters after that.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: MCU Exchange