Captain America: Civil War - Marvel CrossoverFeatured
When the Avengers fight villains, things break and people get hurt. Do our heroes share the blame? Should, and can, they be held accountable? Many politicians think so and Tony Stark agrees.
The Sokovia Accords are the United Nations' response to the tragedies in New York, Sokovia, Korea, London, Washington DC, and Lagos. This will enforce registration and formal training of the super-human community, and establish accountability for their actions and operations around the globe.
Captain America disagrees. Steve Rogers will not relinquish his freedom to choose, nor hide his responsibility behind politicians' decisions. The disagreement is violently forced to a conclusion when Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, seems to bomb a U.N. meeting that kills the king of Wakanda. The Avengers must choose between loyalty to the law or loyalty to their friends.
Tony and Steve take a stand on conflicting principles. Tense and divided, everyone is distracted: Tony by people's pain and death he is (in-)directly responsible for, Steve by the explosive reappearance of Bucky, Black Panther by the death of his father, and Vision by Scarlet Witch. Nobody listens, culminating in a giant, spectacular battle of Avengers versus Avengers.
This is a light edit, it shift the screen time from Zemo and Bucky's past crimes to the Accords and the government's attitude to the growing concern over unconstrained super-powered individuals.
Danny Elfman's "Inevitability, One Good Eye" from Avengers 2 Age of Ultron on HDTracks.
5.1 AC3 640kbps
Run time: 141 minutes (3 minutes added, 9 cut)
- When Cap and Scarlet Witch watch the news on TV about Lagos, inserted second WHIH Newsreport with President Ellis (different clip from Marvel online promo campaign).
- Cut Zemo torturing Hydra's Bucky handler. Dub the pertinent exposition from that scene over when he shows Stark the video of Bucky killing Stark's parents. With the remaining exposition, we're left to think Zemo got all his information from Black Widow's online data dump. Which is no less plausible then getting it from a book that's bricked up in an unmarked wall.
- Move Zemo in hotel room with electric-charge device earlier: into the slot that had the torture scene.
- Cut all instances of Zemo listening to voicemail.
- Small detail: cut Bucky's line "they can take... country down... wouldn't know it".
- Small detail: cut Zemo's line "there's green in your eyes...".
- Small detail: cut Zemo's line "Did it?".
- Moved mid-credits scene, Bucky in Wakanda, earlier: between Zemo in cell and Tony driving Audi.
- Replaced second half of credits music with part of Danny Elfman's unused "Inevitability, One Good Eye" from Avengers 2.
I always liked Civil War a lot but felt Zemo was the weakest part of it. Here Lapis Molari does a great job of cutting back on Zemo, making him more on the level of Crossbones (a product of the Avengers in this world rather than the big mastermind), and putting the geopolitics at the core of what tears the Avengers apart. It gives the film more of a CA: Winter Soldier political thriller vibe (which I LOVE) and makes for a smaller scale, more intimate story between Tony, Steve, and their teammates. Seriously, MUCH BETTER than the original cut, especially with the news stories kicking off the film. I also agree with Zarius that the sudden cut out of Wakanda before we see the glorious view, as well as the fast swipe to Tony at Avengers HQ, were a little jarring. But nothing too damning. Overall this took great Marvel movie and made it REALLY great!
With this light edit, the movie goes by at a much brisker pace, focusing on the things that drive our heroes to make their choices rather than the situations, we get to learn more about the villian alongside them as they deal with thier own troubles. The use of the newsport interview (complete with a nifty way of working around the aspect ratio), does a lot to put the drama of the accords forward and also educates people on the history of Ross in the MCU. About the only niggle I have is the use of a wipe to transistion to Tony arriving near the compound at the end, the music switch is particularly jarring...the idea isn't bad, but the execution is a bit flat. Perhaps it would have been better to have just let the Wakanda scene play out and then cut to Tony arriving at the compound.
That major strike against it aside, it's a very good edit and it still ticks all the required boxes to follow along and enjoy the sory