Big­gest fight in­Marvel his­tory

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By XU­FAN

Marvel’s su­per­hero al­liance — one of the most pow­er­ful war­rior com­mu­ni­ties in the comic world— is in tat­ters.

While this may spread gloom across the fic­tional land guarded by Iron­Man, Cap­tain Amer­ica and their su­per­hero friends, it is ex­cit­ing news for fans: It has sparked the big­gest fight in Marvel his­tory, which spans nearly eight decades.

The 13th film in Marvel’s cine­matic uni­verse, Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War — the third in­stall­ment of the fran­chise— will hit Chi­nese main­land and North Amer­i­can the­aters si­mul­ta­ne­ously on May 6.

Ona re­cent tour to pro­mote the movie in Beijing, Joe Russo, one of the sib­ling direc­tors, tells China Daily the tale is now a “fam­ily con­flict”.

Pick­ing up from the 2015 Marvel smash hit Avengers: Age of Ul­tron, or Avengers 2, the new­movie ex­pands on the di­vide in Avengers 2 be­tween sup­port­ers of Iron Man and Cap­tain Amer­ica.

As con­cerns grow that the su­per­heroes’ un­lim­ited pow­ers may threaten hu­man­ity, the au­thor­i­ties want to reg­u­late and di­rect their ac­tions, which puts the su­per­heroes in two camps.

The cap­tain, played by Chris Evans, in­sists on main­tain­ing free move­ment with­out gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion, and he is backed by Fal­con, Scar­let Witch, Winter Soldier, Hawk­eye and the lat­est en­trant, Ant Man.

But, sur­pris­ingly, Iron Man, reprised by Robert Downey Jr, sup­ports the gov­ern­ment’s over­sight and ac­count­abil­ity plan.

Those who pick his side in­clude Black Widow, The Vi­sion, War Ma­chine, the new Spi­der Man and Black Pan­ther, ap­pear­ing on the big screen for the first time.

“This movie is dif­fer­ent from other Marvel films. It’s big­ger than all the pre­vi­ous ones, with heavy ac­tion se­quences and a cast of big names,” says Russo, who along­side his brother, An­thony Russo, won an Emmy Award for the com­edy TV se­ries, Ar­rested Devel­op­ment, in 2004.

“We’re open to en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to in­ter­pret the tale in any way that they want … whether it’s a love story or a brother­hood tale. They (the su­per­heroes) have strong emo­tional bonds. It’s a fam­ily drama,” says Joe Russo.

His view is echoed by An­thony Mackie, who stars as Fal­con, the only su­per­hero who can fly in Cap­tain Amer­i­can’s team.

“As the au­di­ence, you can choose which side you want to sup­port. Ev­ery­one can re­late to it (the movie),” says the 37-year-old Amer­i­can ac­tor.

He says the brother­hood be­tween his char­ac­ter and Cap­tain Amer­ica can be com­pared to that be­tween Romeo and Mer­cu­tio, as de­picted in Wil­liam Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

For Chi­nese au­di­ences, who have been ex­posed to Marvel comics for only a fewyearsnow, they could be con­fused about the com­plex re­la­tion­ships and names in the movie, as ev­ery char­ac­ter has his or her real name plus a su­per­hero ti­tle.

Some Beijing movie­go­ers reached by China Daily say it is a prob­lem to re­mem­ber all the faces in Marvel’s pre­vi­ous big-cast movies such as the Avengers fran­chise. But they are all im­pressed by the movie’s stun­ning chases and fights.

De­spite Avengers: Age of Ul­tron rak­ing in 1.46 bil­lion yuan ($231 mil­lion) in China last year, the movie was far be­hind theChi­nese cham­pion, Mon­ster Hunt, which grossed 2.44 bil­lion yuan in 2015.

Mean­while, com­pared with Marvel’s decades­long ri­val DC Comics, which re­cently re­leased Batman v Superman: Dawn of Jus­tice, Cap­tain Amer­ica ap­pears to be a more au­di­ence-friendly ti­tle, as some crit­ics who saw the pre­views say on pop­u­lar movie sites such as Douban.com.

Cap­tain Amer­ica also ex­udes quiet con­fi­dence when speak­ing about the film.

“The movie is good, dy­namic and en­ter­tain­ing,” Evans says in an in­ter­view with China Daily.

The su­per­heroes also show their in­ter­est in shoot­ing in China.

“It’s not only a big mar­ket for Marvel, it is also a very important one for me, per­son­ally,” says Evans.

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