Disney CEO Bob Iger, during a meeting touting the company’s recent successes Thursday, showed a clip of the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War and told investors the third Captain America film “features some of the best Marvel storytelling to date.”
It’s not really surprising that Iger would tout the expensive team-up flick. The battle over its budget is what finally separated Kevin Feige from the clutches of Marvel CEO (and Drumpf supporter) Ike Perlmutter. But what gives his words weight is the reactions bubbling up now that the film is screening. Birth.Movies.Death reports that the film lives up to its buzz and is very much a Winter Soldier sequel focused on Steve and Bucky’s relationship, rather than the Avengers 2.5 that it’s been called.
Here’s the official Marvel synopsis:
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.
Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.