This summer's blockbusters were a pretty mixed bag. It seemed that all of the superhero franchises were releasing exciting new movies, but unfortunately the majority of them were a disappointment critically. The one exception was the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War. Featuring characters new and old, Civil War aimed to exemplify how superhero movies can make a ton of money while also being well received by audiences and critics alike.
That's not to say that Captain America: Civil War was without its faults. Plenty of moviegoers took umbrage with Baron Zemo's adaptation, as well as Cap's semi-incestuous romantic plot line with Peggy Carter's great niece. Now the folks over at Screen Junkies have given Civil War an honest trailer, and it points out the myriad issues that the movie still had- despite how much we all really loved it.
From the jump, this honest trailer starts throwing major punches at the MCU's way. Before going into the specifics of Captain America: Civil War, Screen Junkies first picks apart some of the overall weaknesses in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We all know that the MCU's villains (besides Tom Hiddleston's Loki) are generally lacking, with each of them usually only getting one appearance before disappearing forever. So while the various heroes' journeys utilize serialized storytelling, we've never had to really invest in their villains' plot lines.
Screen Junkies also points out that any movie which contains the Avengers will feature major plot lines where the heroes end up self-sabotaging and fighting amongst themselves. I mean, that's basically Civil War's story in a nutshell.
Overall, the above honest trailer mostly focuses on the repetitive moments of both Captain America: Civil War and the Marvel Cinematic Universe- whether or not you realized it was happening. For instance you might not have noticed just how often Scarlett Johansson uses that leg scissor move to battle her foes. Seriously, it happens like 3 times in Civil War alone. Or how Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther never seems to be making eye contact with his scene partners.
But perhaps the funniest moment of the video is when it highlighted just how ridiculous and implausible Zemo's big evil plan was. At around the 2:49 mark, the video scrolls a long list which reveals everything it would have taken for Zemo to possibly complete his mission in the movie. If you have the time and want a good laugh, I recommend pausing the honest trailer appropriately so you can actually read it, because Screen Junkies did a great job with that particular segment.
What do you think of Captain America: Civil War? Is the honest trailer too harsh, or were the video's points valid? Sound off in the comments below.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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