Marvelous Monday #6 – Rogers or Stark?

I'm Jeffrey Rex' Marvelous Monday #6For the uninitiated: This is a new weekly feature on the blog wherein I, I’m Jeffrey Rex, discuss all things Marvel.

On this, the sixth ‘installment’ of I’m Jeffrey Rex’ Marvelous Monday, I’ve decided to preview, and talk about, the fandom madness that will become reality in 2016. The thing is that DC isn’t the only comic book company releasing a ‘versus’ film in 2016. On the 6th of May 2016 Marvel Studios releases Captain America: Civil War, which will be an adaptation of the general idea behind the polarizing comic book crossover event ‘Civil War’ by Mark Millar & Steve McNiven.

So far I’ve tiptoed around the fact of the matter that SPOILERS Civil War has been, and will be, about differing opinions or ideologies – specifically Captain America and Iron Man not seeing eye to eye. When Marvel released their Phase 3 lineup they hyped this movie up a lot, and it is the movie I’m most excited about in the MCU, and they even had Downey Jr. and Evans standing in front of eachother – ready to battle. A fun little moment for the fans, but also a preview of what will, no doubt, make the studio a lot of money.

Recently, I was reminded of the marketing ploy that Twilight used to reel in fandoms – Team Edward and Team Jacob. This was a genius move, and I expect Marvel to do the same thing. Team Stark and Team Rogers – which will, in truth, be Team Downey vs. Team Evans. This should help them reel in fanboys/-girls of the actors, as well as us comic book nerds – the ones that day and night discuss who’s the better character. But before I move on, do note that I won’t pull any punches while talking about the Civil War comic book – expect some spoilers. And at the end of this post I’ll tell you with which character my allegiance lies.

Mark Millar & Steve McNiven’s comic book crossover event Civil War was definitely polarizing – with one of the biggest critiques being that many main characters weren’t believable – they weren’t themselves. I don’t necessarily agree with the criticism, but that’s beside the point. At the heart of the story we find the two leading Avengers opposed due to differing ideological opinions and such. Tony Stark, Iron Man, supports the government in their attempt at implementing the Superhero Registration Act – he agrees, and argues, that these heroes need to be controlled somewhat – supervised to a certain extent. Steve Rogers, Captain America, disagrees with Tony and the government – saying that heroes need their secrecy, to protect their lives – while also keeping the best interest of the people in order.

Originally, Stark wasn’t necessarily Pro Registration – but following an accident during a superhero battle featuring the New Warriors, a huge number of civilians were killed. The common people started to raise questions about whether the heroes had their best interest at heart. Sadly, things escalate – and the two leaders of the Avengers find themselves opposed in battle. I won’t spoil what wins Cap/Stark the battle, I won’t spoil what exactly goes down – and what happens in the epilogue of the Civil War event.

It seems obvious to me that, instead of these New Warriors, the Hulk will make the laymen question Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. As seen in the Age of Ultron-trailers, Stark is forced to enter the Hulkbuster-suit – and he has to battle it out with Hulk. If Marvel’s cinematic Civil War is about what is best for civilians, then it seems obvious that Hulk triggers something in Age of Ultron – and perhaps Stark does as well (Ultron – hint, hint).

Team Rogers vs Team Stark
If you saw what two of Marvel’s biggest actors did leading up to, and during, the Super Bowl on the 1st of February – then I think you have a pretty good idea at what Marvel can gain from media exposure and fandom madness in 2016. In the buildup to the Super Bowl Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, and Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, made a bet about donning their costumes for children’s hospitals. I found people saying, on the eve of the Super Bowl, that even though Marvel had released no trailers during the sporting event – they had won it by exceptional marketing and media exposure. I am already getting ready for #TeamStark, #TeamRogers or #TeamCap – and if Marvel masters this media stunt, then they will blow DC/Warner Bros. out of the water.

We already know that Avengers: Age of Ultron will deal with how Stark and Rogers don’t trust each other completely – like we saw in Marvel’s The Avengers they had their moments of frustration with each other. But do you remember that parts of government questioned The Avengers when the first team-film ended? I’m not talking about the security council, I’m talking about politicians. Watch the final scenes again, potential distrust has been there for a while.

Finally, I promised I would mention which character I stand with. I think Stark is the better character, I think Downey Jr. is the best comic book casting choice since Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and I do find myself siding with the character in the comics – even if it’s tough at times. But hey, I guess bias is pretty common for comic book readers.

That’s all for this week – but the question remains – do you consider yourself a fanboy/-girl of either actor or character? Do you have faith in the movie? Sound off in the comments. I’ll be back with another entry in I’m Jeffrey Rex’ Marvelous Monday next week.

Stay Marvelous!

– I’m Jeffrey Rex.

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