While many accuse the various entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe of being too lightweight and lacking substance, Captain America: The Winter Soldier managed to subtly have something to say. The film, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, explored some hot button issues when it came out in 2014. Namely the handing over of civil liberties in the name of "homeland security," and the United States recent penchant for drone strikes. With a title like Civil War, some have wondered if the Russos- who are back for the next entry in the Captain America series- would also attempt to be timely and use its voice to comment on what's going on.
According to Anthony Mackie, who reprises his role as Sam "Falcon" Wilson in the film, Captain America: Civil War will absolutely be relevant.
When asked about whether or not the film would be topical, Mackie had this to say:
"Very much so. I feel like 'Captain America' is all about the ups and downs of the society that we live in today. It's really genius how Marvel can take fictional characters -- superheroes at that -- and then take the politics of today and wrap them all together and make you believe and buy into it."
It seems to be a staple of the Captain America series for it to associate itself with American society in some way or another. The first film tackled World War II, idealism, international alliances, and the way our society has changed in the last 70 years. The Winter Soldier took a hard look at those issues I outlined earlier in this article. And now Civil War may very well take a explore the "Us vs Them," "Left vs Right" divisiveness that's been tearing the country apart for quite some time now.
I wonder if this thoughtful approach to blockbuster filmmaking will stay exclusive to Marvel's Cap movies, or if they'll allow the Russos to bring their high-minded ideas to The Avengers as they take over the reins from a departing Joss Whedon for the next two entries?
Only time will tell.
SOURCE: Comic Book Resources