Chris Evans is set to reprise the role of super soldier Steve Rogers later this month as Marvel launches Phase Three of its Cinematic Universe with the release of Captain America: Civil War. During a press event for the movie, Evans has been discussing the Marvel formula, stating that “they’ve got a monopoly” on it and that no studio “can try and copy it”.
“I say, let’s keep going, let’s let the wave get bigger and bigger,” said Evans. “It’s not like [Marvel] are making bad movies, they’re making great movies and if you want to put them in this superhero box you can but they’re good movies. They’ve got a monopoly on it, they’re doing it and no one else can try and copy it.”
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Evans’ comments aren’t likely to endear him to many fans of the DC Extended Universe, or Fox’s X-Men movies, for that matter. However, it should be noted that Evans could be referring to the current trend of studios looking to launch their own shared universes, rather than superhero movies specifically. Still, given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe sits comfortably as the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time, it’s hard to argue that Marvel haven’t nailed their formula and are reaping the benefit in terms of critical and commercial success.
What do you make of Evans’ comments? Can Marvel retain its popularity throughout Phase Three, or is it time for another studio to shake up the “shared universe” formula? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Captain America: Civil War is set for release on April 29th 2016 in the UK and May 6th 2016 in the States, with Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) directing a cast that includes Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Don Cheadle (James Rhondes/War Machine), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones), William Hurt (General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) alongside new additions Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Daniel Bruhl (Rush) as Baron Zemo, Tom Holland (The Impossible) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Martin Freeman (Sherlock) as Everett Ross.
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