Civil War Writer Slams Marvel’s Biggest Hit Of 2016
When Captain America: Civil War arrived in theatres last May, our review was in line with the overwhelming critical consensus, calling it “another sharp dose of drama, wit, and expertly crafted action.” However, as the year winds down, it seems not everyone agrees with this assessment, most notably Mark Millar, the writer behind Marvel’s original Civil War comics. Reflecting on the year’s best movies, Millar argues that Captain America: Civil War definitely isn’t one of them. While he concedes that this movie has its moments, he fails to see the wit that so man other fans and critics admire.
“Civil War had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly can’t remember what the movie was about,” he wrote over at Millarworld. “It’s interesting the Russos have a background in comedy because it’s really missing in these otherwise well-made pictures and very, very missed. I really hope this bleakness doesn’t extend into their two Avengers pictures because what made that first Avengers work was the light, as well as shade, and I’ll be sad if that’s all lost like it was in this picture.”
If you’re an MCU fan hoping to dismiss Millar’s perspective, you should find plenty of ammunition elsewhere in his post. He also had negative words for several other highly regarded 2016 movies (including Finding Dory, Rogue One, and Hail, Caesar!). As for the films that cracked his top 10 (Zootopia landed in the number one spot), most are respected crowd-pleasers—that suggest Millar has some significant blind spots.
Not sure how you feel about Millar’s assessment of Civil War? Now that it’s on DVD and Blu-ray, you can take a closer look whenever you want. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.