– by Joseph Jammer Medina

What a time we live in. The fervor that fans feel about superhero films has reached such strength that even the most mundane aspects of a film’s production have become talking points. In the past, no one cared about things like routine pick-ups; No one batted an eyelash over on-the-spot rewrites; We didn’t dissect every word that anyone involved in a film uttered in public. Something else that never got press were test screenings. They’re nothing new, yet nowadays even they have become a big part of the conversation. 

Just two weeks ago, the internet was ablaze over the reactions that BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE received at test screenings. Now we turn our attention to CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, you know, that other comic book flick that will pit two beloved heroes against one another. 

And what’s the word?

It’s gooood. It’s really good.

According to Devin Faraci, at least. Faraci, who’s a friend and ally that does great work over at Birth Death Movies, has revealed what his sources have shared with him about the word on CIVIL WAR

For starters, they say that Marvel Studios itself is extremely proud of the film, and happy with what Joe and Anthony Russo have created for them. He also says that he’s spoken to multiple people, from different walks of life, who have all given the movie a thumbs-up. “I’m even more excited because these reactions are from different people but what they liked is very similar. When you’re hearing early reports from screenings you have to take taste into account,” Faraci writes. He adds, “[…]But when you have multiple sources sharing the same opinion you can feel more secure in what they’re saying.”

Here’s some of what people are saying (*SPOILERISH*):

  • This is absolutely a sequel to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and not AVENGERS 2.5
  • The dynamic between Cap and Bucky is really the center of the film.
  • Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther is a huge addition for the MCU, because the actor really brings it.
  • CIVIL WAR really builds on the events of AGE OF ULTRON in terms of bringing the emotional stakes of what happened in Sokovia to the forefront. 
  • The final half hour is brutal, in every regard. Emotionally. Physically. Faraci describes it as an “emotional horror movie” because of how deeply the writers delve into what’s torn Rogers and Stark apart.

And last, but certainly not least:

  • Spider-Man isgreat.

While I certainly can’t speak from a place of authority, as I’ve only got one person in my camp that’s seen the film- compared to the multiple people that Faraci has spoken to- but I can say that this all jives with the positivity I’ve heard, too. 

These are exciting times, aren’t they? BATMAN V SUPERMAN is coming out in just a few weeks, and tested well with fans. CIVIL WAR comes out in May, and is testing well with fans. Here’s hoping fans are treated to two genre-defining classics in the coming months.

While some people would love to make this Us vs Them, or Marvel vs DC, and say something competitive like “May the best man win,” I think we’re better served thinking of it this way:

May we ALL win.”

SOURCE: Birth Death Movies

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.