Captain America: Civil War was a huge success this year, and a lot people seemed to like the movie a lot. Mark Millar, the writer for the original Marvel Civil War arc was not a fan of the Russo Bros adaptation of the source material. In his personal blog MillarWorld, he had a list of movies that stood out to him this year, whether he liked them or not. Captain America: Civil War was a movie that he specifically “didn’t really dig”.
“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. 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.”
The original comic features much more characters than the film, and it had a more epic scope. Also Fantastic Four and X-Men characters made an appearance, which currently can’t because Fox owns the rights to use those characters in movies.
The comic book movie that made his top ten were Doctor Strange, had this to say about it:
“Just 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. But it’s a minor quibble and a nice film with a good third act (where Marvel’s origin movies in particular usually stumble a little).”
Millar mentioned Deadpool, and X-Men: Apocalypse in “bubbling under”, which were movies he enjoyed but didn’t make his personal top ten. He said this regarding those two films:
“I liked Deadpool and it had some really nice action sequences, the third act especially impressive give they had about 10p to make this movie. X-Men: Apocalypse was also good. After 16 years and 8 pictures, we’ve seen a lot of these characters, but I’m still invested and after a lot of comic-book flicks that just feel part of a wider, not that interesting story that never ends I kind of liked the sense of completeness this movie had. The Prof X turning on Apocalypse stuff at the end was pretty good and overall it had some good moments. Not up there with DOFP, but still enjoyable.”
It’s nice that a comic writer is enjoying comic book movies.
What are his thoughts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad though?