Captain America Comics
Captain America Comics
Hi all, and welcome back to my arts and entertainment blog. I love comic books. Like really, really love them. I bought a great cheap second hand used Captain America graphic novel fromwww.for-sale.com and after reading it I wanted to watch the latest Captain America film. I have always been a big fan of the superhero genre of movies, although obviously nowhere near as good as their comic book background, they are a great mix of science fiction, action and drama and for the most part they haven't really left me feeling disappointed.
Captain America: Civil War is the third movie about Captain America, although Captain America does appear in both of the Avengers movie (The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)) and he makes cameo appearances in Ant-Man (2015) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).
I hate watching films out of order, and the Marvel films and TV shows are a nightmare to watch in order, especially seeing as Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) should be seen first and Iron Man (2008) should be seen third, even though it was released 3 years prior. I use this greatcnet timeline to make sure I don't watch any of the films and TV shows out of order.
The first movie Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) introduces us to Steve Rogers. It is set in 1942 and America is currently fighting in World War 2. Steve Rogers is small and skinny and has yet again been rejected from military service. A German scientist pulls some strings and gets his enlisted. Once in the army Steve Rogers joins a special unit where he becomes a super soldier. He is frozen for nearly 70 years.
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Steve Rogers struggles with the new modern world he has found himself thrust into. Set 2 years following the previous movie, Steve Rogers now works for S.H.I.E.L.D under director Nick Fury and alongside Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow). Nick Fury warns Steve Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D has been subverted by its enemies just before being killed by a mysterious assassin. Steve has to work alongside Black Widow and The Falcon to save S.H.I.E.L.D whilst the rest of the organisation deems him a traitor.
Captain America: Civil War (2016) throws us straight in at the deep end. We begin in 1991 by meeting a frozen Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, being thawed out. The code words activating the soldier are spoken 'daybreak, furnace, homecoming, freight car' There's a flash forward to the present day where Captain America, The Falcon, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch are in Lagos fighting against a thief, Crossbones, trying to steal a biological weapon. During the finale of the battle scene Scarlet Witch accidentally blows up the top 3 floors of a building resulting in the deaths and injuries of civilians. Back at Avengers HQ, “People died,” explains Cap. “It’s on me.”, whilst they look over the recent battles they have fought and they consider the consequences of their actions and all the people that have got caught in the middle of the action and subsequently have been hurt or died. Thaddeus Ross, the U.S. Secretary of State decides that he thinks it would be better if the Avengers take orders from the United Nations, rather than deciding amongst themselves.
Captain America is immediately disgusted by this idea and refuses, after the aftermath of Winter Soldier when he learnt that taking orders from above can end badly, whereas Iron Man thinks its a good idea and that they are lacking responsibility for their actions. War Machine agrees with Iron Man “This is the United Nations we’re talking about,” and from here on the groups are formed..
Captain America, The Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Sharon Carter (Peggys niece)
Iron Man, War Machine, Black Widow, The Vsion, Black Panther and Spiderman.
With our superhero's split into two teams, for and against the Superhero Registration Act we watch them fight against each other as well as villians.
The most interesting part of this movie is the social commentary on freedom of speech and actions and the part they have to play on national security. This movie goes from full speed, to full speed, to full speed. It doesn't feel like a true Captain America movie and instead you feel like you're watching what should be the Avengers 3, or just a Marvel Civil War movie. The movie could easily be broken up into two halves, so that you get better character progression and you're not so overwhelmed with continual new characters.
So not quite as good a movie as I hoped, and I was left feeling pretty grumpy! So today I think I will watch Trainspotting again, seeing as I just love that movie so much.