The Big Problem With Captain America: Civil War, According To The Onion

Captain America: Civil War has been out for almost three days now, and it’s being heralding as one of the best Marvel movies ever made. Not only does it have high praise from critics and filmmakers like Kevin Smith, but the movie made $75 million on Friday for one of the biggest opening weekends ever. Amid all this overwhelming positive buzz, there are sure to be at least a few people who didn’t feel quite so strongly about the film. One such critic was Peter K. Rosenthal of The Onion, who found one major flaw with the movie that nobody has brought up: there’s way too many anonymous extras with no origin stories.


Reviewing the film for the Onion, Peter K. Rosenthal was unable to look past what he sees as a glaring flaw in the movie. Rosenthal was barely able to follow the film's plot because he couldn’t follow the many, many characters of the film. Sure he knows guys like Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Spider-Man, but what about that mercenary that Cap kicks? Or the man eating something in the background? Why didn’t he get an origin story so that we could better understand his motivation? Rosenthal says it best himself.

In fact, there are literally dozens of supporting characters and even more extras who have not been the subject of their own standalone movie or TV tie-in from Marvel, leaving viewers completely in the dark as to what the hell this movie is supposed to be about.

Of course, Peter K. Rosenthal is just joking for a video parody review and it’s hilarious. Rosenthal points out that there are literally dozens of extras on the screen who he can’t follow properly without having seen their own stand-alone film. There should be no less than 2,500 films in order to explain each supporting character and their role in the MCU. At the very least, they could devote a three-episode arc to the characters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! I started cracking up when he brought up the guy in the black hat eating in the distance, and if he had an arch nemesis.


If you want to check out the full review (and you absolutely should) then you can watch it below.


While this video is awesome, I did find myself having trouble following it. I just don’t know how I’m supposed to be invested in Peter K. Rosenthal without having seen his stand-alone film. He should have at least one trilogy so that I can know his back-story and if he has an arch-nemesis.


Captain America: Civil War is out right now, but good luck following it with literally dozens of nameless background extras in every scene.

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.