Captain America: Civil War features one of the largest assembly of superheroes in one movie, who are in an all-out war with each other. The worlds do-gooders are forced to choose sides and go toe-to-toe with one another due to a series of disagreements, skirmishes, and political pressures. You’d think a movie with no less that 15 some heroes (some even making their big-screen debut) and a whole lot of escalated drama, that there would be every kind of catalyst for a movie like Civil War to be too big for its breaches. I mean, if past superhero sequels like Spider-Man and Batman have been any indication, more characters and more drama a good superhero movie does not make.
Conventional wisdom, of course, does not apply to Marvel. Against any shred of doubt, Captain America: Civil War not only continues to generate positive buzz, but it’s also (supposedly) testing exceedingly well with some early audiences.
“I have talked to a whole bunch of sources – about five at this point – and they all agree that test audiences have loved the movie,” BMD reports. “In fact, the only thing they disagree on is whether the movie tested as well as or better than Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which had previously been the best-testing Marvel movie.”
Those sources also claim “that the movie doesn’t pull any punches in the third act, and that if Marvel execs had been concerned about the film going dark places, these stellar test screenings have alleviated all those fears.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was Marvel/Disney at its very best. It’s hard to imagine Marvel matching or topping what is such a critically acclaimed entry from their cinematic universe. As intense and exhilarating as the trailers for Civil War have been, it still seems like such a tall order to feature this many characters, tell a good coherent story, and even go dark (presumably seeing the death of several characters) and not have there be cause for concern. If BMD claims (no sources cited) are valid, then Marvel has once again surprised audiences, and perhaps themselves.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
The film is set to feature the return of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, this time joined in his “solo” film by fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine.
Sebastian Stan will also be back as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier alongside Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man.
Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.