It’s May, Dragons! That means that blockbuster movie season is officially upon us. What better way to kick off our summer movies than with Captain America: Civil War? The month starts with Civil War and ends with X-Men: Apocalypse – not a ton in the middle, but do we really need anything more?
Captain America: Civil War – May 6
Here at DB&D, we are really, really, really excited for Civil War. On Wednesday, check out Kenny’s podcast as he and guest Edward Pulley discuss the Civil War comic, and next Wednesday, check out a very special podcast as Kenny, Mike, Taylor, and I review the movie.
What you need to know – We last saw our friends, The Avengers, at the end of Age of Ultron. Tony Stark was supposedly bowing out of the superhero game after accidentally creating the superevil Ultron, who tried to destroy the world. Talk about a bad week at work. Clint Barton (Hawkeye) went home to his secret family, while Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) stayed behind to train the newest group of Avengers – Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), Sam Wilson (Falcon), James Rhodes (War Machine), and Vision. Hulk disappeared, and Thor went back to Asgard. Things were a little tense during the film with our friends after Tony’s little science experiment, but everything seemed to be back to normal by the end of the movie – at least, between the Avengers.
We didn’t see the fallout from what happened in Age of Ultron – remember when the Hulk went on a crazy rampage in Africa and Ultron destroyed Sokovia? Yeah… that’s not going to end well for our heroes. Enter the proposed Sokovia Accords, which would prevent the Avengers from working together without international governmental approval. Tony’s on board with this – likely because of the guilt he feels in the wake of the Ultron incident. Steve is not, and thus, our main conflict is created. No spoilers here – the teams have been announced for awhile. On Team Iron Man, we have War Machine, Vision, Black Panther, and Black Widow (which I am still skeptical about). On Team Cap, we have Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Hawkeye, and …. BUCKY? Oh, yeah, remember Bucky? (Oh, yeah, and Spider-Man and Ant-Man show up, too.)
In case you’ve forgotten, we last saw Steve’s former BFF, Bucky, a/k/a the Winter Soldier, at the end of the last Captain America movie. Steve and Sam have been looking for him ever since. Bucky’s a little crazy now, due to a lot of bad guys experimenting on him, but Steve believes there’s still good in him and wants to track him down. Based on the trailers, Bucky’s going to play an integral part in the conflict between our heroes. This isn’t just about the Sokovia Accords – it’s personal.
Where we’re going – Civil War is the first movie in Phase Three of the Marvel movies. Next up is Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, set to be released in November 2016. In 2017, we get Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and stand-alone movies for Spider-Man and Thor. 2018 will give us stand-alone movies for Black Panther and Ant-Man and, most importantly, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. While it’s not clear how much Civil War will tie into the next Avengers movie, it will almost certainly lay some sort of groundwork – my guess is that we’ll get to see another Infinity stone by the end of the movie, maybe in an end scene. I would also suspect some sort of reference or end scene for Doctor Strange, since that character really hasn’t been seen in this universe at all.
What to watch out for – This is pure speculation. I have not read any spoilers about Civil War. But I’m concerned that one (or more!) of our heroes may meet his or her end by the conclusion of this movie. If you’ve read the comics, you understand my concern. Listen, I’ll put up a lot with a movie franchise, but if you kill Captain America, I’m going to freak out. If you’re going to kill someone, kill Hawkeye. Yeah, I said it.
X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27
X-Men: Apocalypse is the third film in the latest X-Men series that started with First Class. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender return as Charles Xavier and Magneto, respectively, and some familiar faces in the universe are introduced, like Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. Oscar Isaac stars as Apocalypse, the titular villain, who’s the first and most powerful mutant. He’s also super evil, because why not? He’s supposed to be immortal and invincible, so this will be a fun battle for our heroes.
Also out this month…
The Lobster – May 13
From the IMDB page: “In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.” This sounds amazing, and I am all in.
The Nice Guys – May 20
Obviously, this isn’t the usual sci-fi/horror/fantasy that I cover, but it has Ryan Gosling in it, so I felt like I needed to say something about it.
Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27
Listen, I didn’t see the first one and have no intention of seeing this one (despite my love for Lewis Carroll’s novel), but you do what you want.
Dragons, are you as excited for Civil War as we are? Are you on Team Iron Man or Team Captain America? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and don’t forget to check out the Civil War podcasts this week and next week!