When Marvel Studios made their grand Phase 3 announcement, it began with them titling the third Captain America film, Captain America: Serpent Society. It was just a ruse, as the studio later revealed the true title to be Captain America: Civil War, which led comic readers to question how closely the film would follow the 2006 Civil War comic story written by Mark Millar. Ultimately, Kevin Feige and directors Joe and Anthony Russo took the general idea of Captain America and Iron Man on opposing sides of an impending superhero related law, but the specific events, characters depicted in the film were vastly different than in the comic.
Some fans may have been unhappy with the movie taking the route of an interpretation rather than direct adaptation of the comic book miniseries, but the film did go on to become one of the biggest films in MCU history. However, outside the multitude of supporters now stands Millar, who says he found the film bleak and forgettable.
Millar made his opinion known while publishing his Top 10 Movies of the year. Clearly, Civil War did not earn a spot on the list, although Doctor Strange did. Instead, the third Captain America film fell under a category Millar calls “Didn’t Really Dig.” Labeling aside, Millar’s comments help support his stance:
“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.”
These comments are sure to be a hot topic of conversation no matter what side of the spectrum someone falls on. Millar’s criticisms are understandable, though it’s likely that plenty of viewers found the film to have the right amount of humor and levity to balance out its more somber elements. Still, the questions about tone are a legitimate cause for concern regarding a film like Infinity War — which stands a chance at being even bleaker.
While it would have been great for Millar to love the movie, he is rightfully entitled to his own opinion. Hopefully, he will find future installments of the MCU more enjoyable, like he did Scott Derrickson’s more playful and mind-bending Doctor Strange.