Captain America: Civil War–so how do you make an exciting film series about powerful, “un-die-able” superheroes much more riveting? Well, throw in the element of internal conflict and more chaos, of course! The official synopsis for what is endearingly called ‘Captain America 3’ offers a plot that sinks Marvel’s costumed superheroes deep in their own dug graves.
Fans who have been avidly following the developments concerning the upcoming Captain America film, which in late 2014 was revealed to be called ‘Captain America: Civil War’, may already know where the general drift of the story is headed to. In the upcoming film, what used to be a single group of superheroes united by the same cause is riven in half by a difference of opinion. As the government introduces the Superhero Registration Act—which somehow reminds us of what the government has been trying to do with mutants in the X-men universe—Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), is naturally averse to it. And with good reason: he has had personal experience in putting his trust in a government body, only to get “deeply disappointed”—the understatement of Steve Rogers’ life—with the corruption and rottenness he subsequently finds at the core of it.
On the other hand, you already know that Tony Stark (Iron Man, still played by Robert Downey, Jr.) is no longer the man he used to be. After the events of the first ‘The Avengers’ movie, Iron Man suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as almost-tragically fleshed out in the subsequent film, ‘Iron Man 3’. Tony Stark has had a change of aspirations so much that by ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, saddled by a deepening fear for mankind’s fate, he tries to save the world through the use of artificial intelligence. So how did that work for him? If you’ve seen the last Avengers film, you already know.
So in the thick of this cauldron of conflict do we find the plot of ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ As you can see, these individual superhero films and sequels—from the first ‘Iron Man’ to the last ‘Age of Ultron’ is really united by a continuing thread of plot. In ‘Civil War’, Captain America is forced to go underground, considered as a fugitive from the perspective of Iron Man and his ally, S.H.I.E.L.D.
That being said, who will side with whom? Based on seen footage and some concept art that has surfaced on the interwebs, “Team Cap” will include Hawkeye, Falcon, the Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Agent 13 and Scarlet Witch. On the other hand, the Vision, Black Widow and Black Panther will side with Tony Stark. Whatever happens with this standing conflict, however, remains to be seen in 2016.
Directed by the highly acclaimed Russo brothers (Joe and Anthony, whose ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ surprised and delighted the box office), ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is set to open in UK cinemas on April 29, 2016 and in the USA on May 6, 2016.
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