Oh Captain America: Civil War, you thought we were done with you? It's been two months to the day since the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster dropped and we're still not over it yet.
The runaway success of the MCU Phase 3 was met with a pretty positive response, and perhaps a sense of surprise at how well balanced the massive ensemble piece was (thank you Anthony and Joe Russo).
But it's no exaggeration to claim that Civil War represents the emotional center-point of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far — from old friends reunited and new friendships broken, there was little in the way of punches pulled.
Fetch The Tissues
It's a tough title to take; the MCU hasn't exactly been one to avoid going for the emotional jugular. From the surprisingly affecting Captain America: The First Avenger to the tense state of Tony Stark's mental state in Iron Man 3 and Groot's death-but-not-really in Guardians of the Galaxy, there's a long history to live up to in terms of the emotionally gut-punching moments of the cinematic universe.
Tensions ran higher than ever in Captain America: Civil War — the thirteenth film of the MCU thus far. And it might've just managed to defeat everything that came before it, before promptly breaking our collective hearts.
From dramatic punch-ups between Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to the heartbreaking dynamic between Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), there were a lot of great moments in Civil War. But perhaps the most heart-wrenching of all was highlighted not long after the film's release by Kevin Feige as one of the pinnacle moments of the MCU.
Kevin Feige Picks A Side
MCU overlord and current president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige came down to address us mere mortals in an interview with Empire following the release of Captain America: Civil War, and he revealed his favorite moment from across the 13 movies in the MCU so far. Not all that surprisingly, it's a scene from the movie in question.
The emotional climax of the film comes when Iron Man, Captain America and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) travel to the Siberian HYDRA base in order to stop Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) from activating the sleeping Winter Soldiers. Then comes the actually-surprising-for-once twist. The soldiers are dead at Zemo's hands, the whole scenario revealed to be a complex set-up to pit the Avengers against each other, destroying them from within.
The seed of the revelation that was first planted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to fruition here. Zemo reveals to Tony Stark that it was Bucky — as the brainwashed Winter Soldier — who killed Howard and Maria Stark, Tony's parents.
And this in turn led to the highly emotional and devastatingly brutal fight between the three that we saw snippets of in the promotional materials. This ended with Cap crushing Iron Man's arc reactor using the shield Tony's father, Howard Stark, made for Steve Rogers way back in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Making The Moment
This was the moment Kevin Feige picked out as his favorite from the entirety of the MCU, and it's not difficult to see why.
"I think it’s my favorite moment in 13 MCU films. The whole movie was building to that, and it’s amazingly executed by the Russos. It goes back to conversations we had years ago about how to make it different and how to have as many characters as any Avengers movie and yet have it end in a very different and personal manner."
It's not all that surprising to learn that this moment had been in the works for a long time, as the thread of Civil War has been weaving through the MCU for a good while now. The Avengers and Age of Ultron set up the massive collateral damage caused to New York and Sokovia, The Winter Soldier reintroduced Bucky Barnes and Iron Man 3 established Tony Stark's guilty conscience, all major factors contributing to the events of Civil War.
Different and personal it certainly was. The only glaring problem with Civil War was that it still left a lot to be clarified between Steve and Tony. When your best friend was brainwashed into killing the parents of your other, sorta-but-not-really best friend, it's going to take more than a nice letter and a flip phone to put those tensions to bed.
Odds are that by the time The Avengers: Infinity War rolls around the two Marvel titans will have found a way to bury the hatchet. If not, well it's probably a good thing that Bucky remains safely in stasis, hidden away in Wakanda (did somebody say Black Panther?)
What's your favorite moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: Empire Online