Here is a fantastic article from someone named David Betancourt about how CAPTAIN AMERICA is Marvel’s most important franchise. I have to say that I agree with the article. To date other than THE AVENGERS films, Cap’s franchise is perhaps the single most cohesive and dynamic of all the films. Starting with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER with strong direction from Joe Johnson to set down Cap’s story, moving into CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER to continue with Cap’s adjustment to living in the modern world post Battle of New York, then to CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Cap’s story has been compelling and heartbreaking to watch. Considering all he lost when he put Schmit’s (Hugo Weaving) plane into the ice, to what he faced with Pierce (Robert Redford) and the decimation of S*H*I*E*L*D* you have to wonder how it is he continues to do what he does. Most too of this article praises Chris and what he’s brought to the part. I have to say I don’t disagree with any of it. Here’s hoping with the international gross of CIVIL WAR reaching over $225 million, and the projections of the domestic box office to topple over $200m, it will be one of the most successful franchises of the Marvel comic book cinematic world.
David Betancourt: Iron man? No, here’s why Captain America is Marvel’s most important Avenger franchise
Just who is the single biggest character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Ask a typical comics-convention line and the most likely answer is Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
Tony Stark lights up every Marvel scene he’s in, whether he’s armored up or not. There’s a reason why Marvel pays mightily to ensure each return of Downey’s breakthrough superhero.
But what if we reframe the question to ask: Which Marvel Studios character has the best solo movie franchise?
Well, with Friday’s domestic release of Captain America: Civil War, the film’s title character will surely move to the top of Marvel’s cinematic totem pole. The Star Spangled Avenger’s new movie might even match the mega-events that are Avengers movies.
Of course, Civil War essentially is a team-up movie, too, but there’s a reason the filmmakers chose Cap to build such an event around.
At the center of the Cap-franchise success is actor Chris Evans. He has grown into being a perfect fit for the role, despite his initial uncertainly over accepting the role.
(Evans had already played a Marvel hero on screen, of course, as the Human Torch in the dated Fantastic Four movies.)
arvel’s persistence in landing Evans to play Steve Rogers over multiple pictures has certainly paid off. The studio knew Evans was its Captain; it just needed Evans to figure that out.
(Rewatch Evans’ Fantastic Four performances now, by the way, and you can appreciate Evans’s underrated range. As Johnny Storm, Evans was a free-flying, hotheaded pretty boy who took nothing seriously the polar opposite of the straitlaced moral leader that is Captain America.)
Marvel and Evans, of course, have had to grow and mature the character’s franchise. 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger mostly served its purpose, telling its World War II origin story (and introducing key MCU characters Agent Peggy Carter and Cap’s best friend, “Bucky” Barnes).
Adding to the glow of the Cap franchise, though, is the consensus that its second film, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is better than its first film, and early reviews suggest that the third installment might well be even better yet.
Contrast that with the Iron Man franchise, in which the first film, it’s generally agreed, is the best in the Tony Stark trilogy.
The Captain America franchise has been buoyed, too, by the coming-aboard of the Russo brothers to steer the proceedings. Under Joe and Anthony Russo who direct Civil War, too the second film took on darker and more political tones than most MCU outings.
The Winter Soldier, as I’ve stated before, might well be the best Marvel movie ever. Yet if Civil War can surpass Winter Soldier creatively, it would achieve the uncommon feat of a third film in a franchise being the best of the bunch.
Marvel smartly continues to foster its next generation of cinematic heroes.
But for now, Captain America remains the biggest gun as the best solo Avenger on film, given his cinematically chiseled body of work.