Posts Tagged ‘Spiderman’

Civil War is the third entry of the Captain America trilogy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is perhaps the only MCU film to adapt a specific story from the comics, there was a story called Age of Ultron, but that story was completely different from the movie.

Here the Avengers tracked down an old foe in Lagos Nigeria. This scene is shot like a black ops Jason Bourne style espionage thriller. While the fight scenes are entertaining they are shot in that quick cut shaky cam style that makes them hard to watch at times.

Unfortunately there are civilian casualties during this mission, including Wakandans on a humanitarian mission. Meanwhile the UN has issued the Sokovia accords, which call for the Avengers to be overseen by the United Nations. Tony Stark/Iron Man agrees with the idea of government oversight, while Captain America does not. This philosophical disagreement split’s the Avengers down the middle, as something with the Winter Soldier arises that exasperates the situation.

One vast improvement with the movie over the comic book story it is loosely based on in the movie presents both sides fairly evenly. You can understand both Tony and Steve’s point of view, whereas in the comic book story the pro-registration side was made pretty villainous.

Casualties from the fictional nation of Wakanda allows the Black Panther to be introduced to the MCU. The Wakandan superhero puts himself into the mix, and I’m definitely excited to see a solo Black Panther movie after this.

Also introduced to the MCU is Spiderman. While only appearing briefly this is probably the best Spiderman seen on screen. He’s funny, cracks jokes during battle, makes pop culture references, etc. Ant-man is also brought in for humor. Honestly neither Spiderman nor Ant-man are really necessary to the plot, but they’re both so entertaining you don’t mind.

There is an interesting villain behind the scenes. Civil War takes a break from the take over/destroy the world plot. This villain’s motivations are personal and smaller scale, and if you think about it, the villain does succeed.

Captain America is possibly the best superhero trilogy, and another superb chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spiderman and Batman is a one shot comics crossover from 1995 examining issues of whether or not madness can be cured and illustrating how the family life of the two titular heroes affected their lives.

It opens with a quick rehash of the violent origins of the two heroes. They both lost their parents, but Spiderman/Peter Parker had the love of his Aunt May and Uncle Ben to guide him, giving him a brighter outlook on life than Batman.

The story has the heroes most insane foes meet. For Batman we obviously have the Joker, and for Spiderman we get Carnage, the serial killer who bonded with the symbiote descendant of Venom.

Carnage is locked up in an Asylum in New York where we get a quick debate on if madness can be cured or are some people beyond help. It is settled when a government scientist lobotomizes Carnage so that he may be able to function in society. He is then brought with his doctors to Gotham City where the same is done to the Joker. However, Carnage manages to pull himself free and wants to join with the Joker for some mayhem.

Spiderman has tagged along to keep an eye on Gotham, and after a quick disguise reveal Batman arrives. The two heroes don’t fight, as traditional crossovers go, but the villains end up going at each other a bit, and in a nice touch the Joker ends up helping the heroes get Carnage.

Spiderman and Batman is a nice quick read. It made sense to focus on the two most insane foes, though I’d have liked to have seen a story with some mob based super villains. If nothing else, I always wanted to see Batman fight the Kingpin.