Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Civil War by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and others

(hb; 2006, 2007, 2012: graphic novel, collecting issues #1 - 7 of the Civil War miniseries)

From the back cover:

"The Marvel Universe is changing. In the wake of a tragedy, Capitol Hill pushes the Super Hero Registration Act, requiring all costumed heroes to avail themselves before the government. Divided, the nation's greatest superheroes must each decide how to react -- a decision that will alter the course of their lives. . ."


Civil War is a good, full-of-splash-page action storyline, with some surprising choices made by key characters (whose ranks include the Young Avengers) and impressive, real-world issues pushing their way to the forefront of comic bookdom. Thoughtful, if relatively brief (considering the complexity of the superheroes' situations) work, worth owning.


This graphic novel is the basis for the in-progress/forthcoming Captain America: Civil War film, which is scheduled for stateside release on May 6, 2016. Its directors are Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Its screenwriters are Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Chris Evans is playing "Steve Rogers/Captain America". Robert Downey Jr. is playing "Tony Stark/Iron Man". Scarlett Johansson is playing "Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow". Jeremy Renner is playing Clint Barton/Hawkeye. Don Cheadle is playing "James Rhodes/War Machine".

Elizabeth Olsen is playing "Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch". Paul Bettany is playing The Vision. Chadwick Boseman is playing "T'Challa/Black Panther". Paul Rudd is playing "Scott Lang/Ant-Man".

Sebastian Stan is playing "Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier". Anthony Mackie is playing "Sam Wilson/Falcon". Emily VanCamp is playing "Sharon Carter/Agent 13". William Hurt is playing General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.

Frank Grillo is playing "Brock Rumlow/Crossbones". Daniel Brühl is playing Baron Zemo.

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