By Sehen Gamhewa, Comic Hub Co-Editor and Contributing Writer
While Chris Rogers has some pretty slick dance moves (including an awesome Moonwalk) which he showed off on the Ellen Show, he is also the one, the only, Captain America.
And ladies and gentlemen, he is back. Back again with another, beautiful, box office smashing, record-breaking production which will probably dominate this century.
Marvel Studios and Disney’s Captain America: Civil War launched to a mighty $181.8 million in North America over the weekend of its release, kicking off the summer box office in high style and scoring the fifth-best opening of all time, as well as the top launch of 2016 to date.
Overseas, where it bowed last weekend, Civil War took in another $220 million — including $96 million in China — for a foreign total of $496.6 million and worldwide haul of $678 million after just 12 days in release. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Civil War is all but assured of becoming the first release of 2016 to top the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Who knows? It just might become the most viewed film in history.
The critically acclaimed superhero film continues Disney domination, between Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (the movie opened in late December but stayed a huge player in the first part of the new year), The Jungle Book and Zootopia.
In fact, Captain America: Civil War is flying, and Spiderman’s swinging along with it, as we all know. Just take a look.
“Captain America: Civil War pushes Marvel past $10 billion at the box office!”
“Captain America: Civil War Box Office Collection Crosses $200 Million in First Five Days!”
“Captain America: Civil War $940 Million At The Box Office!”
“Captain America #1 Again as the Marvel Cinematic Universe Tops $10 Billion Worldwide!”
Various headlines from all corners of this great, vast web we call the Internet, all say the same thing: Captain America is dominating the WHOLE WORLD.
In the first movie of the trilogy, called the First Avenger, Steve Rogers started off as a humble, thin, short, weak-hearted man with a whole list of bad symptoms, who unfortunately, was an Army Recruit Hopeful. Back in the 1940’s, Rogers tried numerous times to sign up for the Army, going to a different state every time, and trying hard. But ultimately, he failed.
However, success comes to him, just not in the way he expected it to.
After a couple of chance meetings, a pinch of eavesdropping on private conversations, etcetera etcetera, and a whole bag of other nasties and goodies, Steve Rogers finds himself as a huge, muscular, buff dude who seems like the kind of person who can hold back a flying helicopter.
(SPOILER ALERT: He does it in Civil War.)
And then he, for some reason, instead of joining the army, becomes America’s media hero, Captain America, the famous Blue-White-Red wearing man with a shield, the famous TV Star, and so on.
But later, fate rudely kicks him back to reality, and he comes to his senses, because of a nasty shock, namely, the ‘loss’ of his friend ‘Bucky’, and also, a timely reprimanding from Agent Peggy Carter.
And therein starts a grand adventure. Plan after plan, plan after plan, and then, action!
Captain America becomes one of the best strategists and commandos of the Allied Forces, and goes leading every single mission and always succeeding. But there’s always a first for everything.
What about the deaths? You may ask me. Surely in a war, there are casualties, right? Well, the thing is, there was only one casualty – but a big one. In a tear-jerking moment, the Captain loses Bucky, his best friend, as he falls into the Alps and is apparently smashed.
Soon, in the last battle, the final mission, Rogers battles with the Red Mask for both life, and control of the ship. Finally he finds himself having to choose the inevitable, Death for Sacrifice.
But is it? 70 years later, S.H.I.E.L.D. wakes him up and Captain America finds himself stranded in the twenty-first century.
And Now comes the Winter Soldier.
As Rogers gets used to his life in Modern-Day America, a new threat arises. Two threats actually. First, Rogers finds out that S.H.I.E.L.D is compromised, for a very heavy price – the death of Nick Fury. Second, there is the threat of the person who killed him – a mysterious assassin called the Winter Soldier.
In a battle against S.H.I.E.L.D, time and friends, Steve Rogers bands together with Sam Wilson, AKA The Falcon, and the Infamous Black Widow. Together, they unravel the mystery of the Winter Soldier, face a couple of amazing, impossible plot-twists, and almost die. Or rather, they try to.
And now, we come to the end. We face a War, a Civil War.
A simple no-spoiler, short, synopsis would be this: Political pressure from the UN and the World mounts to install a system of accountability when the various adventures of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, a new, more sinister threat arises, waiting to bite the Avengers as soon as their backs are turned against each other.
Now that we’re done with that, let me dish out a few facts:
- Tom Holland, as Spider-Man, is amazing.
- The New Sinister Threat is very scary.
- We see the Black Panther.
- We also find out that Vision has very bad targeting skills.
Anyway, in total agreement with all my friends, critics and random people sitting all over the world, I can say that Civil War is worth watching.
I’m definitely sure no one’s going to oppose that. Or else, another war might just break out.