I have been pretty outspoken on my thoughts about comic book movies and superhero movies in general. I feel the genre is fairly saturated and is leading to a big lack of creativity in the industry. All that said, I still see them and more times than not, I end up enjoying them. I never read comics as a kid and don’t know any of the background stories with the characters and how they interact. I look at them strictly from a movie fan’s viewpoint. I will agree that the depth of story and characters is very well written and thought out. They have amazing universes, the way they intertwine and coexist. One thing that is undeniable is, they are big business and a true cash cow for the studios.
The latest of these films is the latest installment in the Marvel Universe, Captain America: Civil War. The third installment in the Captain America series, ties in with The Avengers, is essentially a new Avengers movie with a few missing members, but adds a couple new members that inevitably would be joining the crew.
When the winter soldier is suspected of a massive bombing on a UN hearing about The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D investigates. While the UN wants to regulate The Avengers and how they are used, this has them divided before the bombing ever happens. Post bombing divides them even further. When Captain America sets out to prove his old friend Bucky’s (the winter soldier’s) innocence, the divide grows deeper and forces harsh opinions, not just among the avengers but amongst fans as well. With Iron Man dead set against bringing Steve Rogers (Captain America) brought in to face justice for helping Bucky, a true war against both sides ensues. New allies are brought in on both sides, Spider-Man joining Iron Mans team and Ant-Man joining Rogers.
While the epic battle that ensues will never match up to the art of the original comic, it will never take away from the entertainment that emulates on the screen. Subdued from the unparalleled battle of the original Avengers, it is no less entertaining in its execution.
The lines drawn are very difficult ones to choose sides from. This is, no question a commentary on modern situations with wars and what one considers right and wrong amongst political and military views. If there is one thing the superhero genre has done a masterful job at, it is making subtle suggestions on current political crises, and how people view them differently. They have no agenda but they show that each side has legitimate reasons for their views. They also show that no matter how much fighting is done, and possibly necessary fighting, it brings no end to the bigger problem.
It is the social commentary and the legend and story that draws the multitudes to the theater to enjoy these films on the big screen. No matter how many studios complain about profits and losses, there is no denying the amount of revenue that is generated by these films. I wish I could see the times of great new worlds and characters were created just for the screen, like the worlds of the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones. But I will continue to enjoy the superhero genre, but always hope for something more.