Mark Millar Says Captain America: Civil War Is "Much the Same" as the Comics

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 2:59PM
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 2:59PM
Mark Millar Says Captain America: Civil War Is "Much the Same" as the Comics
Captain America: Civil War is based on the famed comics series from 2006, which featured developments that, if they were replicated in the film, would have a huge impact on the Marvel cinematic universe. Writer Mark Millar, who penned the comic series, recently claimed that the film is "much the same" as the comics.

When asked by Cineworld whether the film had changed many details from the original comic book, Millar answered:
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No, it's much the same. They've added characters they have the rights to as some of their characters are scattered around different studios, but the main players and their chief lieutenants in this thing are all the same.
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There are obviously significant alterations to the character list in Civil War, mostly as a result of rights issues. In the original series, the X-Men and Fantastic Four both played major roles, both of which are owned by Fox. The Punisher also has a significant impact on the plot, but it's unlikely that he will appear, as Jon Bernthal was cast late in the game for Daredevil's second season. But, as Millar said, the main players are all there, especially since Marvel made that Sony deal for Spider-Man. 

It's unclear whether Millar knows anything about the plot other than what's been seen in the trailers, or whether he's privy to the film's faithfulness (or lack thereof) to that huge death that happens at the end of the comics. But it's safe to say that the major themes will be the same, as Millar's characterization of the conflict is similar to the Russos' statements on the political implications of the film:

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"The split was about superheroes being co-opted by the government and working for them, like cops. The more pragmatic guys like Iron Man saw this as sensible as it's essentially like gun-control. You can't have unlicensed teenagers running around with the power to push over buildings. But at the same time Captain America makes the point that they shouldn't be affiliated to a political body and possibly even used unethically. I wrote this as America was changing a lot under George W. Bush and new freedoms were being curtailed every day so it was quite timely."
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Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6.
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