Ever since Marvel has laid the ground work out for us, we know what the future titles of their films will be. However, what we don’t know is how the films will turn out and more importantly where their story will lead us next. Marvel’s announcement for their future films has stirred us fans up in a good way. Fans like me enjoy a nice conversation with another Marvel fan and constantly speculating as to where this franchise is headed. None of us can sit still knowing that May 1st is soon approaching. While we wait for Ultron to decimate society, many are talking about one single film that will change this universe moving forward. That film is Captain America: Civil War.
I have written quite a few articles relating to this upcoming film and while we simply cannot look past this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, the second Captain America sequel will forever change our persona of heroes. Captain America: Civil War is going to be according to Anthony Mackie, “Avengers 3.8.” This I believe may pose a bit of a dilema. There are three key areas which I believe need to be utilized carefully by the Russo brothers for the upcoming film. These concerns deal with the heroes, villains, and the overall story. So here is my take on the “3 BIG Concerns For Captain America: Civil War.”
1. Too Many Heroes
Ok, let me just come right out and say this. The cast is going to be HUGE in this film. Here is a list of the CONFIRMED cast (and I stress the word confirmed because there’s bound to be more on the way) for Captain America: Civil War: Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron-Man), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones), Daniel Bruhl (Baron Zemo), and recently added: Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The cast just keeps growing. Other notable members that could potentially join in on the cast (assuming they’re still around AFTER the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron) are: Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) Paul Bettany (Vision), Spider-Man (actor unknown) Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13), as well as the Maximoff twins: Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) and Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch). Now that is A LOT of characters for a film!
Joss Whedon proved to us in 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers that you can take a bunch of characters and fit them all into one film and most importantly, make it work. Whedon is also taking the reigns once again for Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, what the Russo brothers have on their hands is an entirely different situation. Not only do they have to juggle around more characters than what Whedon had to accomplish, but they also MUST fit them in the Civil War storyline into not two or three but ONE film. This will be a ridiculous amount of work for them and will perhaps be the most difficult Marvel film to direct (story wise).
Giving the characters an ample amount of screen time will perhaps be the most ambitious goal they will have to overcome. Obviously Captain America should receive the most lines and screen time as well as the character he will be fighting against; Iron-Man. However, how each character will be handled and what side they will be on is another area that must be carefully planned. We’ve already seen what happens when you have too many villains in one movie (Spider-Man 3 and dare I say Amazing Spider-Man 2 anyone?). So on that note, has anyone taken into account what could happen with too many heroes? Well, at least I’m not a director nor a screen writer so that’s not part of my problem. However, since we Marvel fans are all in this thing together along for the ride it is imperative that we voice our opinion as best we can.
To the Russo’s: “Please take extra precaution while taking care of our beloved superheroes and please give everyone the ample amount of screen time that will allow us to see and feel each and every individuals stance on what side they chose and most importantly, WHY.”
I have faith that they will give each and every hero the time that is well deserved. We are counting on you!
2. No Main Antagonist
So we’ve already talked about the hero side of the story. Now, lets talk about the villains. When looking at the cast, who are the only two villains already cast in Captain America: Civil War? That’s right two: Baron Zemo and Crossbones.
That’s not a lot to go off of based on just the cast. I’m sure the events of both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man will give us a clearer picture for the villains in the upcoming film. But for now, we only have two. Let’s not forget that the title of the film has the words Civil War in it. For those history majors out there, who fought in the Civil War? America of course! The North against the South (there was much more too it than that but this article is not a history paper or blog explaining the cause and effects of the REAL Civil War. Ask your professors for more info on that!)
Now since this is a Civil War, a great deal of the movie will focus on the brotherhood of heroes. Heroes will battle heroes and many lives may potentially be lost in the thick of it. How the villains will be used is a huge question mark for me. Obviously the film can’t just make Stark the villain (depending of course on which side you stand; In my personal point of view, I vouch for Captain America and always will). It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the film.
Having a main villain for every film especially superhero movies is crucial. Nonetheless, I’m sure there will be other villains cast for this film such as Black Panther’s main adversary, Ulysses Klaw played by motion capture extraordinaire Andy Serkis. Klaw will make his cinematic debut in this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. What other sort of villain’s could join this impeccable cast? Your guess is as good as mine! (But no seriously your guesses are probably better than mine at this point!)
3. Fitting the Story into ONE Film
Now that we’ve covered the heroes and the villains, let’s now focus on the actual storyline that is Captain America: Civil War. For those of you who don’t know, Mark Millar’s graphic novel spans a total of seven issues (which would be entirely impossible to tell the whole story in a 2.5 to 3 hour film). The main tagline for the comic book series is: “Who’s Side Are You On?” The whole story also builds upon previous series that were written including Avengers: Disassembled, House of M, Decimation, and Silent War. Now to have all the build-up and story told in one movie is absolutely impossible.
What I believe the Russo brothers will do, is to try and stay as faithful as possible to the original comic book series while keeping in line with their cinematic universe. Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No. Keep in mind that this film is Captain America’s story. After all, his name is in the title. However, the story needs to be consistent, concise, and with a lot of tension built up for the ultimate climax.
If the Russo brothers were not the one’s directing this film, I wouldn’t let anyone else take the job other than someone who’s had prior experience in dealing with a ton of heroes. That person of course would be none other than Joss Whedon. If there’s anyone else more capable of taking up such a task, it would be him.
But worry not, because I truly believe the Russo’s will give us a film to remember for years to come. Last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier firmly implanted their names on that film and man was I impressed. The film was gritty, tense, with enough depth to tell a well-developed and sophisticated story. It is by far my favorite Marvel movie to date. I cannot stress anymore how much I look forward to seeing ultimate heroes clash in next year’s Captain America: Civil War!
To the Russo’s: “Who’s Side Are You On?”