Earlier this year Marvel Studios released Captain America: Civil War and the film did quite well in the box office grossing $1,151,684,349, making it one of the biggest films in the history of comic book adaptations. The film was important because it’s meant to bridge the gap between two Avengers movies, and it introduced Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, many fans know this was not a direct comic adaptation but more of an interpretation of the title.
The man that created the original comic series, Mark Millar, took notice of the film and did not have the most flattering things to say.
â€œCivil War had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly canâ€™t remember what the movie was about. Itâ€™s interesting the Russos have a background in comedy because itâ€™s really missing in these otherwise well-made pictures and very, very missed. I really hope this bleakness doesnâ€™t extend into their two Avengers pictures because what made that first Avengers work was the light as well as shade and Iâ€™ll be sad if thatâ€™s all lost like it was in this picture.â€
Sticking with Marvel Studios, he shifted his attention towards Doctor Strange.
“Just a nice, fun Marvel movie. The only comic-book flick to hit my top 10 this year, which feels weird, but the Marvel formula is a solid one and this was a nice hark back to before they went a little too dark and serious and had lots of nice jokes and asshole-learning-to-be-a-hero leads. Marvel’s genius is the casting and like Hemsworth and Downey Jr, Cumberbatch holds this movie together with his terrific presence. The American accent I think was a mistake in the same way giving Colin Firth a Kentucky accent would seem weird on film as it’s an actor we understand to be quintessentially English. But it’s a minor quibble and a nice film with a good third act (where Marvel’s origin movies in particular usually stumble a little).”
He then shifted gears towards Fox’s Marvel offerings. Starting with Deadpool…
“I liked Deadpool and it had some really nice action sequences, the third act especially impressive give they had about 10p to make this movie. X-Men: Apocalypse was also good. After 16 years and 8 pictures, we’ve seen a lot of these characters, but I’m still invested and after a lot of comic-book flicks that just feel part of a wider, not that interesting story that never ends I kind of liked the sense of completeness this movie had. The Prof X turning on Apocalypse stuff at the end was pretty good and overall it had some good moments.”
So it’s easy to see that Millar is not only a writer but a huge fan as well, and it does make you wonder if he is just down on Civil War due to the way it was translated from his book, or if he actually disliked the movie.
What do you guys think? Was Captain America: Civil War a great film and is Millar simply irritated his work wasn’t adapted faithfully enough to the big screen? Was the movie bleak and pointless? Tell us what you think!