The release of Captain America: Civil War is just around the corner and with a new trailer released earlier today, excitement for this film is continuing to increase. Here is how you can make sure you are completely prepared to watch it when it comes out:
- Rewatch Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: Winter Soldier. It may be easy to forget that “Civil War” is actually the subtitle and that this is first and foremost a Captain America film. (As some of the creators recently reiterated, this is NOT “Avengers 2.5”). As such, the marketing we have already seen so far has done a lot to reference what has gone on before in the two previous Captain America films. Even if you’ve seen them before, I get the feeling that you will appreciate and understand this film more with a recent watching of these two movies fresh on your mind. [Details on how to rent them can be found below.]
- Make sure you’ve seen all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, especially the two that you might have missed: Incredible Hulk and Ant-Man. These two are especially important as Civil War will see William Hurt return to the role of General “Thunderbolt” Ross that he played in Incredible Hulk, and this new Civil War trailer indicates that Ant-Man will have an important presence in this film (some rumors floating around on the internet even suggest that he may have a “giant” role). Likewise, I’m sure that most people who are planning to see Civil War have already seen Age of Ultron, but on the off chance that you haven’t: make sure that you do as it was a big status quo changer for the MCU and introduced several new characters that will be featured in Civil War (like The Vision and Scarlet Witch). [The full list of MCU movies, as well as details on how to rent Incredible Hulk and Ant-Man, can be found below.]
- Read the original Marvel Civil War comic book. Look, I get it: most people don’t read comics. There are a lot of reasons why this is an unfortunate reality, and many reasons that I wish this would change. But that’s a rant for another day. Likewise, I realize that any movie based off of a book will always have a group of fans telling you that you should read the book before the movie comes out. Here’s why this is different on both accounts: 1) This is, in my opinion, one of the best stories that Marvel Comics has ever released AND it is easily accessible to new readers. Even if you have no interest in reading comics beyond this, that is completely fine as this is a mostly self-contained story. If you are fairly familiar with the key players (Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man are at the forefront), you should be able to read this just fine. 2) Because it is a graphic novel (composed of the original seven issues in the series) it’s a fairly quick read. I realize that most books are a time investment, which is one reason that movies are so appealing: you can get a story from a two-hour movie that would have taken you several hours or more if you had read the book. You can easily read Civil War in two hours or less. That’s right: reading this book will actually take less time than it will to watch this movie (which was recently revealed to be 2 hours and 27 minutes). If you are still unsure as to whether or not you should read this, take some advice from Shia LaBeouf: JUST DO IT!!! [How to obtain a copy of the Civil War graphic novel can be found below.]
The current list of all of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in chronological order of release date is: Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.
If you wish to read a physical copy of Civil War, you can purchase it on Amazon, at your local comic shop (which you find can using this tool), at a local bookseller, or it is likely that your local library has it.
If you wish to read Civil War digitally, you can purchase it on Kindle, on Comixology (which is one of the best way to read comics digitally), or you can read it and 17,000+ other comics with a Marvel Unlimited subscription.