Everyone chose a side before Captain America: Civil War burst its way into theaters. Team Cap and Team Iron Man discussions could be heard in passing and were seen all over social media. Even other Marvel characters like Luke Cage (Mike Coulter) weigh in on whose side they were on. Civil War was more than just another superhero film, with characters on both sides of Sokovia Accords having to seriously look at the pros and cons of what kind of impact a superhero registration act would have on heroes and the world at-large.
Captain America: Civil War was (not surprisingly) a huge box office success, pleasing fans and critics alike. The film was a summer staple, earning a whopping $1.1 billion during its worldwide box office release. Captain America: Civil War is one of very few franchise films that outperformed both films that came before it (The First Avenger, and Winter Soldier). The success trend continues as Civil War topped the Blu-ray and DVD release charts when it was released on September 13th.
Now Marvel is looking to break into a different market by officially submitting the film for awards season, according to ComicBook, with the first "For Your Consideration" screening held on September 23rd. TV has already had its night with the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards that were held on Sunday, September 18th; but awards season is just beginning with majors coming in January like Critics Choice, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and the grandfather of them all, the Academy Awards in February.
The superhero movie powerhouse has never actually won an Oscar but has had several films nominated in the technical categories - an area to which many action and blockbuster films are confined. Though it's not completely unheard of for massive action films to win, it is an extremely rare occurrence. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was the last hugely successful box office film to win big at the Oscars, and that was over 13 years ago.
Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Make-up, Costume, and even Original Score are all categories where major box office players can take home big awards, and where Marvel has been nominated several times. While action films are not always known for their superb acting, it's still a mystery as to why wildly popular and successful films seem to be ignored so often by the voters. Of course, these same films tend to clean up at less prestigious awards like Teen Choice, People's Choice, and the MTV Movie awards, while also doing well and industry niche awards like the Saturn Awards, the Taurus World Stunt Awards, and the Hugo Awards.
Perhaps Marvel will break the mold with Captain America: Civil War and finally take home one of those coveted Oscars. There is at least a sliver of hope for a Golden Globe seeing as how The Martian won for best comedy or musical. In the meantime, we continue to ponder should the Oscars go mainstream.
Captain America: Civil War is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.