|Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. (Marvel Studios)|
When Iron Man first came to theaters in 2008, who knew that Marvel would become such a behemoth in the movie industry that it is? Movies based on Marvel Comics had been done before this of course, but they were done by studios who bought the rights to the Marvel characters and often the results were lackluster. “Iron Man” was the first official Marvel Studios film and at the time, there was much speculation if it would attract much of an audience at all. Iron Man was considered to be a second string character behind Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Hulk which were all owned by other studios. There was also speculation about Robert Downey Jr. playing the iconic role. The film did better than anyone expected.
Since then, Marvel Studios has, for the most part, churned out consistently good movies and Captain America: Civil War is no exception. Even with its somber theme, the movie stays fun. The trailers and posters for the film hinted that it might be heavy in tone similar to the recent DC Comic movies, but unlike DC, Marvel doesn’t take its storylines too seriously. The violence is cartoonish and swearing is at a minimum. Often the film make references to how some details just don’t make sense in the real world and laugh it off rather than trying to convince us that some of these outlandish claims could really happen. They haven’t forgotten who their audience is – everyone.