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MARVEL CIVIL WAR
November 11, 2014 By Steve Eyre
It now seems certain that Captain America 3 will be based on the Civil War story arc which spanned multiple titles in 2006/7. Written by Mark Millar, it was, in my opinion, the best crossover series in comic book history.
The U.S. Government passes the Superhero Registration Act, insisting that all heroes register and reveal their secret identities to the government. This pitches hero against hero and friend against friend as each must decide which side to take.
Specifically it pitches Iron Man, (RBJ has been reportedly paid $40 million to co star) who agrees with the act and Captain America who is against it.
Although it was a great way to have heroes facing off against each other, it was much more than that. It dealt with lofty themes which have run through our history, our classic literature and those which we still grapple with today.
Big Brother. Utopian/ dystopian stae. How much power should a government have? The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Personal freedom against civil order. How much are people prepared to sacrifice to uphold a principle.
All these things are dealt with in the comics.
It’s hard to see how such an expansive story arc can be concentrated into a two hour film but I hope it tackles the issues as courageously and uncompromisingly as the comics did and not just use it as an excuse for a superhero slugfest, as entertaining as that may be.
I think it shows a boldness and growing confidence in Marvel, that they are tackling sensitive, topical and potentially contentious themes. Perhaps they realise that the popularity and longevity of comics is largely down to the fact that that they evolved along with the expectation and sophistication of the reader. If Disney can do the same with the Marvel franchise, we can look forward to great things to come.
Bring it on!
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