If you’re like me, Captain America: Civil War is one of your favorites for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Personally, I’d say it ranks in the top five along with Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. While not under the title of Avengers, Civil War featured most of the MCU superheroes. It combined tragedy and comedy while also managing to flow nicely.
If you’re Mark Millar (creator of the original Civil War comic) you’re not so enthused. Sharing his thoughts on a few films from 2016, Miller explained:
“‘Civil War’ had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly can’t remember what the movie was about,” wrote Millar. “It’s interesting the Russos have a background in comedy because it’s really missing in these otherwise well-made pictures and very, very missed. I really hope this bleakness doesn’t extend into their two ‘Avengers’ pictures because what made that first ‘Avengers’ work was the light as well as shade and I’ll be sad if that’s all lost like it was in this picture.”
As a writer myself, I’m sure seeing your vision not turn out how you originally intended on the big screen would be a bummer. But, as they say, you can’t please everyone. The MCU has been criticized before for being too jovial, whereas DCCU is darker and more serious. To me, Civil War needed to have its serious moments – there was a lot of hard topics to convey. It was light enough to stay within the Avengers universe, but a new turn for the MCU.