Ever since Captain America: Winter Soldier, fans have had complete faith in the Russo brothers' ability to deliver an amazing comic book movie, and that was only reconfirmed after this summer's #CaptainAmericaCivilWar.
However, who wasn't completely in love with Civil War was the original writer of Marvel's Civil War event crossover himself, #MarkMillar.
On his site, Millar World, he wrote a list of his Top Ten movies of 2016 in preparation for all the cinematic goodness coming our way in 2017. After talking about the films he enjoyed, he moved on to the ones that didn't resonate with him; Civil War is in the very beginning. He wrote:
"Civil War had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly can't remember what the movie was about. 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."
Even though I disagree with the point of Civil War being too dark because, at its core, it was the explosion of relationships that had four years to develop between characters we were attached to as fans, there's something very important to consider:
The reason behind Civil War not clicking with him was simply a tonal shift from previous Marvel films handling Earth's Mightiest Heroes and that's something very important to consider for #AvengersInfinityWar: Keeping the Avengers' more hopeful tone.
The Avengers wasn't a success just because of its novelty. Audiences also clicked with the fun, uplifting nature of the movie. Of course it had heavier themes but they were nicely blended in a mix of heart, fun and excitement and Millar's asking for those blended elements back. But Marvel wasn't the only studio he had words for — he has the same issues with #DC, too:
"Batman Vs Superman I think we should just leave alone. Like Suicide Squad, WB has just decided to go a certain way with these movies and their logic is that they don't want to look like Marvel films. It's not how I feel these characters work best and sadly my DC-obsessed kids (I'm a DC guy way more than I'm a Marvel guy) can't see their favourite characters in the cinema. Their TV and animation departments are working beautifully. I'd love to see some of that same light applied to their theatrical division."
He has a point with this. Civil War seemed to reflect the bleak feeling of 2016 in general: By the end of the movie they'd stopped fighting, but everything was splintered and grim and left unresolved. It was a considerable departure from the lighter tone presented in The Avengers, which was a #comicbook perfectly brought to life:
It combined all the elements that make #superheroes so awesome and I wanted to see that tone replicated with a much larger-than-life opponent. I wanted to see this same representation of the MCU in the massive event Thanos will kick off. Therefore I understand where he's coming from when he states he wants to see that same version of the superhero group.
Fortunately, the people working behind the scenes at Marvel have shown us time and time again their understanding of their properties and characters. They know how to treat them and, with two talented directors like the Russo Brothers in charge of Infinity War, I'm hopeful they'll give us something amazing — and hopeful and inspiring — in 2018.
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What do you think of Millar's comments? Do you want Infinity War to be darker or brighter than previous MCU films?