Six Reasons I Am Jazzed About The Captain America: Civil War Trailer

A lot of people are jazzed about Star Wars: The Force Awakens (illustrated by millions in advance ticket sales), Suicide Squad or maybe Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice and I understand the enthusiasm.

I really do, but for me, the trailer for the must see movie for 2016 dropped late yesterday, and that’s Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America: The First Avenger was for me a bit meh.  Captain America was always sort of bland, truth be told, and while I was glad to see such an earnest portrayal of the character on screen, he didn’t exactly stoke the flames of geekiness in me.

That is, till I saw Captain America: The Winter Solder, and realized that Marvel Studios was able to do the seemingly impossible, which was to not only make Captain America relevant and dynamic, but most importantly without altering what made him so interesting in the first place; which was the almost simplistic, black and white way that he sees the world.

It’s part of what makes the Captain so fascinating.  It’s also a  world view that’s in some respects shared by DC Entertainment’s Superman, which is one of the many reasons why Man of Steel disappointed me so much: the producers apparently had so little faith in the essentially goodness and child-like naïveté at the heart of the Superman character that they–apparently in an effort to make him darker and more palatable to what they thought modern audience were looking for–essentially destroyed everything that made Superman, Superman.

So, without further ado, the six reasons why I am so jazzed about the Captain America: Civil War trailer.

  1. Someone (Finally) Decks Tony Stark!

Which he deserved after the creation of homicidal robot/doppelganger Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Robert Downey, Jr’s Tony Stark is the lynch pin that holds the Marvel Cinematic Universe together.  But the thing is, Stark is also a bit of dick.  The only thing that matches his brilliance is his arrogance, so it’s nice that first time we see Stark he has a shiner, which implies that for once when he pushed, someone pushed back.

And I’m willing to be that that ‘someone’ is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)

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2.  The Falcon Can Actually Fight

When we’re introduced to The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier he’s pretty awesome, though you’ll probably notice that the only things he brought to the party were a set of wings and a ready quip.

Which, coming from someone who can’t fly, is pretty awesome, but this time around he displays more martial prowess, which is in line with the idea that the Falcon is more than just the ability to fly and a sense of humor.

And did I mention he’s going to have a version of Redwing in this movie?

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3. The Black Panther

Based on all the pre-production artwork, I thought that the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) would be sporting some sort of leather-like costume.

Looking at the screen shot from the trailer, he’s apparently wearing some sort of armor.

And he looks badass.

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4. Can We Once And For All Accept That Captain America Will Clean Batman’s Clock?

The Internet loves the Batman (much of that due to Christopher Nolan’s reboot), but can we just accept that Captain America will clean his clock?

In Avengers: Age of Ultron he tossed a motorcycle (he used momentum, but still) at Hydra’s advancing troops, and apparently in Captain America: Civil War he prevents a helicopter from taking off by grasping the landing gear in one hand, and the side of a building in another.

Sorry, but Batman just isn’t in his league.

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5. Who Has The Strength To Do This To War Machine?

War Machine (Don Cheadle) is essentially Iron Man with heavier weaponry and someone who’s actually combat-trained at the helm.  By way of clarification, facing him is like facing Iron Man, but with a greater grasp of fighting and battle strategy.

Yet, someone clearly beat the stuffing out of him, and I wonder who.

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6.  So This Is How Captain America and The Winter Soldier Face Iron Man!

I have to admit that I was scratching my head over this one.  As strong and capable as Captain America is, he’s no match for Iron Man.  Stark’s genius, combined with a virtually invincible battle suit is a huge hurdle to overcome.

I was imagining that the producers of the movie would cheat to make Captain America somehow win (which is honestly the only way that he would be able to do so one-on-one) but it appears that they teamed him with the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Two battle-hardened warriors against Iron Man?  One a superhuman fighter/tactician, the other a lethal (former) assassin with a bionic arm?

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Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Smile

“You don’t scare me.  You’re not my first.”

-Clare Temple to Jessica Jones

Last episode we witnessed why they call Luke Cage, Power Man.  And if anyone deserves the title, it’s him because strength-wise he’s in Captain America territory (though I don’t think Cage would beat him in a fight because Cap is too well-versed in various combat techniques.  Cage’s strength and steel-tough skin can only go so far).

We’ve arrived at the last episode of the first season and Cage is being taken to the hospital after Jessica did the only thing she could to stop his Kilgrave-fueled rampage.

And Clare Temple (Rosario Dawson) makes an appearance!  If Matt Murdock or Foggy Nelson turn up I might splooge all over the monitor (apologies in advance for that last one).

The title, AKA Smile comes from (possibly?) Kilgrave’s last request of Jessica.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Sin Bin

“I wish that I had a Mother of the Year award, so I could bludgeon you with it.”

-Jessica Jones

Now that’s some snappy writing!

Welcome to what is likely the culminating day of the Screenphiles Jessica Jones-A-Thon!  We’re currently on the ninth episode of a thirteen episode 1st season.

Jessica has Kilgrave trapped, and tries to get a confession from him, while Trish tries to get Will to the hospital.  And speaking of Will, there’s more to this guy than meets the eye.  I don’t know if he has an analogue in the Marvel Universe, but I get the feeling that he’s someone I ought to know.

They’re also implying that something other than Kilgrave’s voice is the source of his abilities, mainly because he can’t influence anyone over a microphone–so he can’t call you and compel you to do something–which implies that they are very much sticking to the comics (which make pheromones the source of his abilities).

Whether or not Kilgrave was born bad or learned, he is what he is, a monster without remorse or regret:  a sociopath with the ability to make whatever he wasn’t reality just by saying it.

The title AKA Sin Bin refers a childhood hero of Kilgrave’s.


Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA WWJD

Screenshot 2015-11-21 00.21.20.pngJessica, in an effort to stop Kilgrave from killing anyone else, has joined him in in his new house–which also happens to be the house that she grew up in.

What’s interesting is that as the series goes on we come to see Kilgrave as a somewhat sympathetic–though extremely damaged–person.  Jessica tries to get to see him to see that he is who he is not because of Nature, but Nurture.

The title of this episode, AKA WWJD, means not ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ but ‘What Would Jessica Do’ and is very relevant to the episode.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Top Shelf Perverts

I was originally going to get something to eat and go to bed, but I’ve delayed that till I take a look at the seventh episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

Kilgrave’s obsession with Jessica Jones grows, as she goes on a bender after a secret she had wished remained hidden drove Cage away from her.

And if you thought you’ve seen the depths of his obsession, wait till you see what he does this time around.

Luckily, she’s got a sober Malcolm on her side because she needs all the friends that she can get.

While Malcolm and Trish are working hard to get Jones to reject an awful plan to get Kilgrave that revolves around her going to prison Will has located him, but for unknown reasons failed to tell Trish.

The title, AKA Top Shelf Pervert, is what Jessica said to Detective Wacks (Clarke Peters) during an interrogation.

We also come to realize how insane in love Kilgrave is (on the scale of crazy, he’s up there with bat-shite).

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA 99 Friends

Tonally, Marvel’s Jessica Jones is heavier than Marvel’s Daredevil, but that being said, it’s somehow more watchable.  I can easily see myself re-watching this relatively soon, while I am just getting to the point that I want to see the devil of Hell’s Kitchen’s first season again.

This is an important episode.  It’s not as Kilgrave-centered (though even when he’s not present, he’s present) as the prior three episodes and revolves around another case that Jones has accepted.

She also solves the mystery of who it is that’s been supplying Kilgrave with pictures of her, and the answer hits pretty close to home.

The title: AKA 99 Friends revolves around the number of people that have abilities like Jessica Jones, a number she pulled out of her ass (though with good reason).

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA It’s Called Whiskey

Jessica Jones gets closer to Luke Cage, and thinks that she knows a way to nullify Kilgrave’s abilities, so she tries to enlist the aid of various people in her life.

Which, it goes without saying, doesn’t quite go as planned.

This episode is also the first time we hear Cage say “Sweet Christmas,” and it’s awesome (and warranted).

We also learn that Jessica Jones isn’t above sacrificing those that she cares about in the name of a greater good.

The title, AKA It’s Called Whiskey refers to Jessica Jones’ use of the stuff as a coping mechanism.

Jessica runs into Kilgrave, and we learn her heretofore unknown connection to Luke Cage (there’s some dialog that mimics that from Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I’m putting that down to coincidence).

There’s a curious Invasion of the Body Snatchers-quality to the people under Kilgrave’s influence, in that there’s no reasoning, no suasion or quarter given.

Instead there’s a mindlessness to them that’s very interesting.