The return of a heavy-breathing dark lord, first contact like we’ve never seen it before, a humanitarian scrapping with a CGI bear, a 20-storey Paul Rudd – it’s safe to say that in 2016, we’ve seen it all.
First it was ‘Frozen’s Princess Elsa, and now it’s Captain America. Now the focus is to find Steve Rogers a gentleman lover to share his life with. The hashtag ’#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend’ was spawned on Twitter earlier this month, and now it’s starting to gain traction.
Good news for Marvel fans – ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is now officially the highest-grossing movie of 2016. It earned largely rave reviews from critics, sitting with a sturdy 90% 'fresh’ rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
A petition has been launched calling for Disney to stop paying critics, which some corners of comic-book movie fandom genuinely believe it does. It’s thought that there’s a conspiracy abound that the Mouse House actually pays critics to hammer movies outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which it has owned since 2009, and leave the MCU alone. “Disney has been continually paying critics to attack Non MCU movies,” reads its supporting statement.
Expect spandex to start making a Lazarus-esque comeback on the high street – the reviews for ‘Captain America: Civil War’ are in, and they’re really rather positive. There are a few five-star notices flying around too, notably from Empire, which has proclaimed that it’s the best Marvel movie to date. “Matching its blockbuster scale and spectacle with the smarts of a great, grown-up thriller, Captain America: Civil War is Marvel Studios’ finest film yet,” writes Dan Jolin.
From paper sales at Wernham Hogg to the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, Martin Freeman has indeed made something of an ‘unexpected journey’ (see what we did there?). Courtesy of Empire, the Brit actor’s role in 'Captain America: Civil War’ has been revealed – he’s playing a chap called Everett Ross. Ross is known around the Marvel Comics Universe, and is pictured here with Sharon Carter (played by Emily VanCamp) reprising her role as S.H.I.E.L.D’s Agent 13.
Not for the first time, then, a tie-in toy might have just dropped a huge spoiler from ‘Captain America: Civil War’. 'Huge’ is the operative word here too, because it concerns a certain crossover Marvel character making an appearance in the movie. In the comics, Rudd’s character Hank Pym undergoes a rather polar transformation than that seen in the first movie, turning from Ant-Man into Giant-Man.
Traditionally, Peter Parker’s Aunt May has been a lady of a certain age, often grey haired and mild of manner. Most recently, she was played by Sally Field opposite Andrew Garfield’s Spidey, but the decision to cast Marisa Tomei opposite new web slinger Tom Holland has caused dismay among fans. Generally, Aunt May, the widow of Peter Parker’s uncle Ben, has been depicted as a grey-haired pensioner, but there have been comics in which she’s been younger, notably in her late 40s and early 50s in the alternative Ultimate Marvel imprint which features re-imagined character from the Marvel world.