I just saw Captain America: Civil War today, because it was released in the UK early, and I’m going to try to calm down and write something that’s not just a long list of words that amount to OMGOMGOMGOMG!
Suffice it to say that the movie gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!
There are three major items I want to discuss, without spoiling anything, and the first of which is T’Challa, the Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman‘s portrayal of T’Challa was flawless. I had concerns with how the character was progressing initially, but by the end, I was satisfied that he was written faithfully. There were a great deal of fantastic performances, and to stand out in the company of Robert Downey Jr. is not easy, ever, so yeah. It would have been very easy to have T’Challa descend into one of any number of stereotypes, and as it went on, I feared that would happen, until, without fanfare or anything that seemed out of the ordinary, he suddenly gained a whole lot of depth.
The next major item is Spidey.
Tom Holland has already achieved one thing, as far as I’m concerned, with his portrayal of Spider-Man – he has acted in the best Spider-Man film to date. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield did decent acting jobs with the material they were given, but neither one of them were given material that evoked the same emotional response I had (and still have) when reading Spidey in comic book form. He wasn’t in the movie for a long time, but many of the basic details about the webhead were covered well. I do have one issue, however, and it’s a minor one: Aunt May is not supposed to be sexy! “Aunt May” and “sexy” shouldn’t even be in the same state, let alone the same sentence! But, you can’t take the sexy out of Marisa Tomei… A very minor quibble, to some, but Aunt May has always been portrayed as more of a grandmotherly figure. It will be interesting to see other opinions of that at some point.
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about the story itself. The bad guy in the movie is bland. He’s not memorable at all, but then he’s not really supposed to be. This isn’t a simple tale of good versus evil, like Age of Ultron, or The Avengers. It had much more depth than any of the other Marvel films that came before, and unlike those, has considerably more depth if the other films have been watched. While the other films benefit a little in terms of depth of reference, I feel that there is too much about this one that will go over the heads of people who haven’t seen at least the previous two Captain America movies as well as Avengers and Age of Ultron. This may be an action packed special effects extravaganza, heavily laced with humour and everything else you’d expect from a Marvel Studios film, but I will admit that going in, I feared I would find it lacking in a post Deadpool world. I’m glad to report that it wasn’t lacking at all. I doubt Marvel will be able to pull off an equally deep and engaging story in a hurry. That would be too much to ask, I think. It’s not that the future Marvel films will not be good, far from it, but this was more than a black and white tale of good versus evil.
Like I said above, this film gets a full 5/5 from me. All I can say is that if you’ve enjoyed the Marvel films to date, go watch it as soon as you can!
So with Captain America: Civil War releasing soon, I thought I might gather up everyone team affiliations and why they chose that side to get everyone prepared for the upcoming movie! Let’s see what everyone had to say!
Team Captain America:
AYOUB KHOTE says:
The thing about slippery slopes is that they often start with fear. Fear drives us to seek protection, but protection comes at the cost of freedom and privacy. The world will always hold something for us to fear, and while building a suit of armour around it may give the illusion of security, the only real way to deal with fear is through freedom and equality. If we feel less threatened by each other because we have mutual respect, then fear fades, regardless of a variation of strengths. #TeamCap
DEANO JACKSON says:
I get where Tony is coming from given that the majority of the damage that happened in the second Avengers movie was almost entirely his fault, but he’s letting his own fears get away from him and trying to make them everyone else’s problem. Yeah, Tony is impulsive and arrogant and having someone to answer to would probably be for the best, but that doesn’t apply to everyone else (well, except for Banner maybe, but is anyone really going to try telling him what to do when he gets angry?) and Tony needs to understand that. The freedom to act when action is necessary without having to go through red tape is exactly what makes heroes like Captain America so effective.
ISAIAH MULLINS states:
Team cap because that’s my boy fighting the good fight.
Team Iron Man:
MATTHEW MOORE says:
Tony: Banner and I were doing the research..
Steve: That would affect the team..
Tony That would end the team. Isn’t that the mission? Isn’t that “why” we fight, so we can end the fight, so we get to go home?
Steve: Every time someone tries to win a war before it starts innocent people die. Every time.
Sorry, but I am totally Team Iron Man. Yes, he’s made mistakes. He is a flawed character that is learning from his mistakes. But his goals are always the same (ever since being stuck in that cave), “Peace in our time”. Captain America can’t say the same. He goes from battle field to battle field, making no friends outside of “work” and the one time he does, he recruits him! He has no real home, no attachments and just as big an ego as Stark does, except Stark allows himself to be humbled at times, Cap does not. Yes, when people try to win a war before it starts, innocent people die. But MORE innocent people die when an actual war breaks out. Furthermore, when everyone is shown their worse nightmares, Steve is shown peace. This proves that Steve is a warmonger. I HAVE to be Team Stark.
LOU (aka BudaRod) says:
I like Iron Man because he is a boss! He’s a rich playboy who likes to get down with the ladies and builds awesome toys.
There are many that are undecided such as LOGAN JACKSON:
Captain America v.s. Iron Man, such a conflicting argument.
Tony is a total asshole but that’s why I like him, he doesn’t care what everybody thinks. I don’t like the Captain America nor his actions but his main belief in freedom when it comes to human lives is essentially perfect. In the comics, Tony urges the president to go forward with the superhuman registration act, this seems like a move made completely in fear. It’s called the superhuman registration act, not the superhero registration act. This means the government would be rounding up superhumans and treating them like animals, or at least criminals. This sounds demeaning and cruel which sounds eerily like another time when a government rounded up a group of people, so when would the controlling of superhumans stop? Imagine if you were told that you were a thing to be feared and controlled would you, in a time of extreme danger and emotion, protect those said that, or aid in their destruction? If a registration act like that were to be passed you could possibly be taking away rights of a human being, albeit with abilities. So if they don’t follow the comic books and just try to control the Avengers and their missions than I’m cool with backing Iron Man but if Civil war is going to be about the Superhuman registration act and giving too much power to the government then all I can say is go Captain America!
Then CHARLES WEEDEN had this to say:
#TeamCap or #TeamIronMan, to be honest I’m not entirely sure I should join either side. Both sides have their good parts and bad, on Captain America’s side you have a group that wants to remain free and out from under the control of the government, which is all well and good but at the same time while remaining to be free they have been responsible (no matter how direct or indirect) for countless deaths, and so because of that I feel I need to agree with some of the viewpoints of Iron Man, but not all of them. However I also agree with some of the viewpoints of Captain America’s side. So all-in-all I can’t choose one side or the other, I understand that both side have their ups and downs and I firmly believe the situation is infinitely more complicated than the simplicity of “their side or ours”.
There is also this confused response from TODD GRUNDLE:
I refuse to answer this question without knowing more facts. Is this some kind of setup? What’s going on here? I don’t know what you want me to tell you, Captain America wears tights so from there I’d have to say #TeamIronMan… but, and this is a big butt, Iron man is siding with the government and I don’t often like them very much so that would probably put me on #TeamCap… but… wait… what are we talking about again?
So let me ask, what side do you choose? Let us know in the comments!
The first Doctor Strange trailer released during tonight’s The Jimmy Kimmel Show and it looks interesting. The video shown seems to revolve purely around how Doctor Strange becomes the Sorcerer Supreme with no hint as to who the villain might be. Could the villain be part of the origin story itself? Check out the trailer for yourself:
So what do you think? It does not seem as exciting and action packed as the other Marvel movies, but it does look we will get a lot of character development for one of the most layered characters in the Marvel Universe. Let us know what you think of the trailer and your expectations for the movie in the comments below!
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch and will release in theaters November 4th, 2016.
I’ve cracked the code!!! I think!! After processing my extreme anger over the absolutely needless cliffhanger ending Scott Gimple and gang so lovingly gave us for the Walking Dead season 6 finale, I sat down and dissected Negan’s twisted game of eenie meenie miney moe. My results are SHOCKINGLY conclusive.
First I want to state I am only dealing with the facts. Definitive moments when Negan pointed his bat at one in the line up along with a verbal punctuation ie. eenie, meenie, and so on.
First let’s look at our line up.
From left to right we have, Glenn, Rosita, Daryl, Michonne, Abraham, Maggie, Rick, Sasha, Aaron, Carl & Eugene.
Watch the final scene with your hand on your remote control (perverts) as we continue. The game begins with Rick…
Catch a tiger. Daryl.
By the toe. Sasha.
If he hollers. Aaron.
Let him go. Carl.
Now here’s where they try to three card monty us a little bit. My mother, Negan says, as the camera goes back to Aaron. Then we go back to Carl for the “To Pick” part and then it’s back on track to the…
Very Best. Eugene.
Now with ultimate grace and wizard feet, Negan jumps across the lineup over to…
You Are. Rosita.
That’s all that’s left. It. And if you’ve been watching the scene while reading this you’ll clearly see the above moments are the only definite times Negan pointed his bat at someone during a major part of the eenie meenie miney moe and there is an absolute walking order or pattern in which Negan is pointing his bat. So who is left? Who is it?
Glenn. He’s the only one who does not meet all the same beats as the rest of the line up. He is the clear “it” in this game. If you add all of this to the already existing, and brilliant, theory that we saw earlier POV shots of the victim in the episode from the back of the van that held Glenn, Daryl, Michonne and Sasha, you’d almost have to call this theory a home run. Knocked straight out of the park.
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