Comparison: Civil War Film and Comics
Table of Contents
2. Aspects of the Film
3. Aspects of the Comics
4. Comparison and Contrast
5. End Notes
Whenever you see me write “(#)” this means I have a note at the end note.
Although I love comics in general, I prefer DC over Marvel. This isn’t because Marvel stories are uninteresting but because I find it more difficult to explore the world of Marvel as compared to DC.
In the next parts, I will discuss the strength and weaknesses of one medium to another. My discussion will assume that you have watched “Captain America: Civil War” or read “Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event.”
Yes this is a number of months late, no I did not just read or watch Civil War.
Aspects of the Film
The power of the cinema is that it can reach a greater audience at a shorter amount of time. It took them 147 minutes to tell their story to my assumption of 50 people per cinema. This earned them over a billion in dollars.
More than this, film is relatively easier to understand, especially Marvel films. Their writers always attempt to make the content easy to absorb, humorous, and entertaining. It helped that they had strong actors and actresses, excellent special effects, and a relatively fluid story.
The weakness of the film, however, is the hype(1). While it is true that the film was enjoyable, the hype ruined the experience. I expected the film to be on the level of depth as films like The Dark Knight Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan but instead I was given a formulaic Marvel film with added depth.
Don’t get me wrong, Marvel has found a format for their films and it helps in selling tickets. More than this, their films are consistent and this is one of the reasons why Disney’s Marvel beats Warner Brother’s DC films in the box office and generally in the eyes of the critic. This being said, I feel that it lacks the will to experiment.
Aside from these criticisms, I find things that other people might not find so disturbing as off-putting. (2)
Aspects of the Comics
With comics, writers and artists are generally given more leeway as compared to those in the film industry who have producers breathing down their backs.
Created around 2006–2007, the comics gained popularity over time. With the coming of the film, hardbound copies of the general overview of the events that transpired during the Civil War increased in sales. (3) This means that both the comics and the film helped each other sell.
The power of comics is that its easy to back-read and although it might take more than 147 minutes, the time you spent reading feels more personal. (4)Through reading the comics, you can encourage friends who have watched the film to begin reading the comics, or comics in general.
The weakness of comics is that it isn’t as easy for it to reach a crowd as a film would. Although comics are entertaining, the expense required to purchase the material costs more than a ticket for the film. (5)
Comparison and Contrast
I enjoyed both the comics and the film, and honestly there isn’t really an exact winner for either because both sold well. The problem, however, with the film is that it implied that it was the source material.
Yes it renamed itself to Captain America: Civil War, and yes people online have prattled online how that makes a big difference. But I disagree. It is difficult to separate the phrase“Civil War”, in reference to the Marvel franchise, away from the comic book counterpart.
The comic, for me, is the source of inspiration for Captain America: Civil War, and to an extent, its source material. You cannot discount the expectations of people for it to be as great as the comics. (6) For me, Captain America: Civil War is yet another one of Disney Marvel’s awesome films, but, its formulaic approach and unimpressive set of heroes compared to the comics makes it weaker compared to its paperback counterpart.
Also I don’t like the fact that they took away this beautiful scene:
(1) People I know kept exclaiming how it was the best film ever, how it was so deep, etc etc.
(2) There were weird transitions from scenes when they would use this weird font to show the change of location. It did not fit the mood the film was creating. The font screamed hipster.
(3) This is my educated assumption based on the increase of copies being sold by shops around my country.
(4) This is based on my experience.
(5) An average Marvel hardbound comic costs around 900php to 1.5k. I forget the price of the Civil War my girlfriend bought.
(6) This can be said for the Harry Potter films as well BUT the difference of the Harry Potter franchise is that they caught the magic the film had.
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