Saturday, November 28, 2015

First trailer for 'Captain America: Civil War' promises intense, emotional journey

Much to the surprise of some box office prognosticators and critics, Marvel had a down year in 2015. While Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed $459 million in the US and made $1.4 billion worldwide (the sixth-highest total of all time), critical reception was noticeably muted, and there were rumblings around the internet that Disney considered the sequel to be a disappointment. Ant-Man surprised some fans, but in my mind, it's the worst Marvel film and the box office wasn't very strong for Marvel either- only $179 million in the US and $518 million worldwide. None of these totals are anything to balk at, but coming off a year that featured the very successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the sleeper hit Guardians of the Galaxy, this was a rough year for Marvel. But starting on May 6 of next year, they're right back at it with Captain America: Civil War, the third installment in the Captain America franchise that will also feature Iron Man, Black Widow and several other Avengers (essentially making it Avengers 3). The first trailer for the film premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, much to the delight of fans. Check it out below.

I do love the sheer crowd-pleasing entertainment factor of The Avengers, but the more that I think about it, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel film. Gritty, thought-provoking and topical, The Winter Soldier took Marvel to a new level of quality, thanks mostly to the terrific direction of Joe and Anthony Russo. The Russo Brothers are back for Civil War and that makes me very happy. This trailer is fantastic and I love the way that it mixes spectacle with some really fascinating character work. The Russos know how to film action sequences and craft an interesting political story, so I can't wait to see what they've come up with here. Captain America: Civil War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Tom Holland, Martin Freeman, Emily VanCamp, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Bruhl, Frank Grillo, Don Cheadle and William Hurt and debuts in theaters on May 6, 2016. Consider it one of my most anticipated films of 2016.

Image Credits: Screen Rant

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