ByTom Burton, writer at
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Tom Burton

1. The “Friendship” Between Steve Rogers & Tony Stark Doesn’t Feel Earned!

That moment where Iron Man sadly notes that he and Captain America used to friends – if you’re being 100% honest with yourself, would you really say that that moment rung true?

Contrary to what the plot tries to tell us, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark have never really been friends: they’ve argued pretty much relentlessly ever since they met one another and have even come to blows on numerous occasions. There’s no real “friendship.”

Just because they’ve fought for the same team on two occasions doesn’t mean that there’s ever been a moment of proper friendship shared on-screen between them, either. More truthfully, there’s always been this lingering sense that they don’t quite trust one another – they’ve always been two men with very different agendas and ideals.

It feels a bit off, then, when Civil War seems to ask audiences to buy into the idea that these guys are at risk of losing some kind of intimate personal relationship. If the movie relies on that non-truth to tell its story, Captain America: Civil War could end up feeling kind of fake. It’s okay for Civil War to be about to two allies falling out – they don’t need to be best pals.

2. Low Scale?

The Civil War plot in the comics has been famous for its huge scale battles between the torn Avengers, who would fight to the death. This would have a shattering impact towards the entire world, and future superhero challenges. The reason why this story is so popular is because of the shattering impact it has on the rest of the Marvel comics.

From the basis of the D23 footage, and the new teaser trailer that has come out, this seems more of a 'Civil Disagreements' rather than a 'Civil War', from the D23 footage, Hawkeye makes a joke with Black Widow, whilst fighting each other, and both teams seem to be fighting outside of an airport, both of these are evidence that this movie seems to display a very low-key battle. This would not have the same impact as it did in the comics, and to me, this would be a wasted opportunity!

3. Bucky

It was always thought that Bucky would be part of the plot of Civil War, of course, and that he’d ultimately “turn good” and take the Captain’s side during his conflict with Iron Man. But nobody could have guessed just how important the Winter Soldier would be to the overall plot of Captain America: Civil War.

In fact, it’s revealed that it’s due to Bucky, that Cap is forced to turn his back on his former allies: he doesn’t feel that Bucky should be held responsible for his actions during the time he was brainwashed. Having Bucky as the “catalyst,” as it were, feels a little underwhelming – and somewhat misguided – as a narrative hook. He isn’t considered to be a particularly popular character within the canon thus far, after all, and audiences are likely to side with Iron Man in the face of Captain America choosing to defend a murderer.

It is understood that the registration act is included in the movie, as it was in the comics, but why can't they use this as the tool for the narrative, instead of a character that not everyone knows?

So what do you think? Are you concerned with Captain America: Civil War?



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