Biggest fight inMarvel history
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.
Superhero movie CaptainAmerica:CivilWar will be screened in China on May 6.
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