Captain America and Iron Man’s Civil War Teams Revealed

*spoiler alert* (English below)

Aan het eind van Avengers: Age of Ultron loopt de spanning tussen Iron Man en Captain America hoog op. Dit leidt tot een breuk van The Avengers in de aankomende Marvel film Captain America: Civil War (2016). Welke superhelden aan wiens kant komen te staan, wordt nu duidelijk dankzij promo art gepubliceerd via het Twitter-account van acteur Jeremy Renner.

Op afbeeldingen die hij postte, zien we dat Hawkeye, gespeeld door Renner, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) op zijn schouder heeft staan. Zij zullen zich bij het team van Captain America (Steve Rogers) voegen samen met Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) met zijn drone Redwing en ‘nieuwkomer’ Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp).

Het team van Iron Man zal (Robert Downey Jr.) bestaan volgens de promo art uit War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany) en zal er een nieuw personage worden geïntroduceerd: Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Black Panther zal in 2018 zijn eerste solo film krijgen.

Het is nog onduidelijk bij wie Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) en Spider-Man (Tom Holland), die ook een rol zullen hebben in Captain America: Civil War, zich zullen aansluiten. De film zal op 5 mei 2016 in de bioscopen te zien zijn.

Lees mijn review van Avengers: Age of Ultron hier.

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Tensions run high between Iron Man and Captain America at the end of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. This will escalate into an open fight between allies Iron Man and Captain America in the upcoming Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War (2016). Which other super heroes will join whom is now revealed in promo art posted by actor Jeremy Renner on Twitter.

On the images Renner posted, we can see Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) standing on Hawkeye’s shoulder, played by Renner himself. They will join the team of Captain America (Steve Rogers) together with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and his drone Redwing, and newcomer Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp).

According to the promo art, the team of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will be joined by War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany) and will be the introduction of a new character, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Black Panther will get his first solo movie in 2018.

Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) will also be playing in Captain America: Civil War, but it’s still unclear who’s side they will choose. The movie will be in theaters on May 5th 2016.

Read my review of Avengers: Age of Ultron here.

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Review Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Last weekend I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron in the cinemas. Here is a review about the movie from an aspirant screenwriter’s point of view. Warning: this article contains some spoilers.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee (comic book) & Jack Kirby (comic book)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
Length: 2 hours 21 minutes

What can I say, another awesome Marvel comic book adaptation! You get pulled right into the story in the (a bit over the top) opening scene with a lot of action and fighting when the Avengers are infiltrating HYDRA. Although the plot isn’t that surprising: a new threat rises to destroy the world and the Avengers have to save everyone (like always). But I liked the fact that this threat is accidentally created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) themselves: they want to create a peace program without consulting the other Avengers, and this goes terribly wrong. They create an artificial intelligence by the name of Ultron (voice by James Spader) who doesn’t want to save the world, but wants to destroy it and the Avengers with it. I thought Ultron could be more of a villain, but his first scene  where he stumbles across a room with oil leaking out of his wires is kind of creepy.

Right from the start you get lots of classic Avengers humor too. Iron Man and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), with his golden hair longer than ever, are bragging who’s got the better girfriend, Pepper or Jane. The scene when they are at a party and try to lift Thor his hammer is absolutely hilarious.

Also Captain America (Chris Evans) gets teased with his ’40s, old fashioned manners. In these details, these expressions of the character’s traits, I found the characters well written. They become more round characters than in the previous movie. We get to know them better and see their more ‘human’ sides, even though they’re super heroes. Also the relationships between the characters are key. The question rises who’s on who’s side. There is even a little love story going on between two Avengers.

Some new characters are introduced, including Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who were already in the mid-credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Scarlet Witch’s telekinesis and mind control powers aren’t just cool, they serve a higher purpose. Because of these powers, we get inside the character’s heads and see their greatest fears. I finally got some sympathy for Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) character when you get to see her backstory/youth trauma. I believe the overall theme in the story is therefore defeating one’s own fears in order to function as a group.

You can feel that the movie is building up the story towards something bigger (another movie). Maybe they could have gotten more out of this story, but on the other hand… who doesn’t want another Avengers movie?

You will get all the action: Iron Man’s new suits, Thor’s hammer smashing robots, Captain America throwing motorcycles around, Hulk’s ripping pants rage, Black Widow ‘picking up after the boys’, and Hawkeye’s arrows blowing up things that will tremble your seat. But besides that, you will also get well written characters and developing relationships. Avengers: Age of Ultron is definitely worth seeing!