In a strikingly bold move, following the deep wake of bad Batman v Superman reviews, Marvel has positioned its counter attack by allowing reviewers to post their early Captain America: Civil War reactions across all platforms of social media. And two things have been quick to emerge as unanimous across the board. Tom Holland is stellar as the new Spider-Man. And this movie is definitely way better than Dawn of Justice. Make of that what you will, superhero fans!
Many members of the press have already been treated to a special advanced screening of Captain America: Civil War. Last night at 11pm (PST), Disney and Marvel allowed these lucky viewers to forgo an embargo nearly a month out, with positive reactions hitting Twitter and Facebook throughout the night. The movie doesn't open until May 6, and the studios are planning a major CinemaCon screening on April 13. Fans don't have to wait that long for a verdict, though. Apparently Marvel has done it again, with many claiming the movie is as good or better than 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is the highest rated Marvel movie to date.
It is highly unusual for a studio to not only show this type of big budget blockbuster this early to critics, it is also unorthodox to allow such early reactions in advanced of its premiere. Which means Disney is beyond confident that it has a major hit on its hands. It fact, some are banking this will be the biggest movie of the year, and has a chance at breaking all kinds of box office records.The big question is, will it be able to dethrone Disney's last behemoth Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
The most noted bit of praise for the movie goes to Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Apparently he's in the movie way more than anyone thought he would be. And the actor kills it as Peter Parker according to these short review blasts. Also receiving high praise is Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. The movie sounds like a lot of fun. At least, it sounds more fun than what Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us. On that note, that seems to be the big distinction between the Marvel and DC movie universes. One is colorful, vibrant and full of humor, the other is dark, dour and sort of depressing. But those are intended tones, and they work at differentiating the two big screen properties, so we shouldn't dismiss the DCEU so fast.
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 damage, 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.
Team Iron Man includes Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and the new character T'challa (Chadwick Boseman), who will make his debut in this movie before starring in Black Panther, set for release on February 16, 2018. Team Cap includes Captain America (Chris Evans), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Marvel's Captain America: Civil War also stars Frank Grillo as Crossbones, William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross, Daniel Brühl as the villainous Baron Zemo and Tom Holland as Spider-Man.
Captain America: Civil War will kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Three, which will be followed by Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017), Spider-Man (July 7, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017), Black Panther (February 16, 2018), Avengers: Infinity War Part I(May 4, 2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel(March 8, 2019), Avengers: Infinity War - Part II (May 3, 2019) and Inhumans (July 12, 2019). Take a look at the new previews below, and stay tuned for more on Captain America: Civil War. Here's what the early critics have to say.