In 2006, Marvel Comics unveiled one of its most popular story arcs to-date when Civil War made its debut. The crossover event ran in a limited 7-issue run that Mark Millar penned. The dramatic series pitted heroes against one another as icons like Captain America and Iron Man turned on one another. Given the miniseries’ popularity, it came as no surprise to learn that Marvel Studios had plans to turn Civil War into a live-action movie as part of its cinematic universe.
But, apparently, Millar wasn’t all too impressed by the film.
Earlier today, Millar posted a blog about his favorite movies of the year and took time to address which films flopped for him. It was there that Millar noted his unenthusiastic response to Captain America: Civil War.
“Civil War had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly can't remember what the movie was about. 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,” he wrote.
“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.”
Aside from Captain America: Civil War, there were a few other superhero flicks which Millar couldn’t abide by. One of them was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the writer said fans “should just leave” the movie alone.
“Like Suicide Squad, WB has just decided to go a certain way with these movies and their logic is that they don't want to look like Marvel films. It's not how I feel these characters work best and sadly my DC-obsessed kids (I'm a DC guy way more than I'm a Marvel guy) can't see their favourite characters in the cinema. Their TV and animation departments are working beautifully. I'd love to see some of that same light applied to their theatrical division.”
When it came to Millar’s top ten movies of the year, the writer only had one superhero film in the roster. It seems like the writer really dug Doctor Strange as he called it “a nice, fun Marvel movie.”
“The only comic-book flick to hit my top 10 this year, which feels weird, but the Marvel formula is a solid one and this was a nice hark back to before they went a little too dark and serious and had lots of nice jokes and asshole-learning-to-be-a-hero leads. Marvel's genius is the casting and like Hemsworth and Downey Jr, Cumberbatch holds this movie together with his terrific presence.”
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War is available on Digital HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital SD and VOD.