‘Captain America: Civil War’ Dominates Box Office, Black Panther Steals the Show

Captain America: Civil War continues to dominate the box office, having earned enough in the past 10 days to keep the accountants at Walt Disney Studios very happy for the foreseeable future. According to ScreenRant, as of Friday, May 13, Captain America: Civil War has earned more than $800 million worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing film of the year so far. That’s $800 million dollars in just over two weeks, and no one is expecting Captain America: Civil War to leave theaters anytime soon.

Captain America: Civil War earned $181.8 million its opening weekend. The movie, the 13th in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened May 6 in the United States and April 28 in Germany and Brazil. ComicBook.com predicted that Captain America: Civil War will “make over $70 million this weekend, making it only the seventh movie ever to have a $70+ million second weekend.” That’s not counting the millions of dollars of merchandising, from breakfast cereal to toys to notebooks. And unlike previous movies, Black Widow is finally showing up on the merchandise.

Movie reviewer Eric Eisenberg of Cinema Blend gave Captain America: Civil War a rare five out of five stars. Like many viewers, Eisenberg was especially impressed with Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther.

Captain America: Civil War features what is unquestionably the largest ensemble we’ve seen yet in a Marvel Studios movie, and while the narrative isn’t quite as strong as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where the film makes up for it is in its tremendous character work – both in its understanding of who these pop culture figures are at their core, and having them play off of each other. There’s no better example of the former in the film than Chadwick Boseman as the newly introduced T’challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, who is every bit as regal, intelligent, bold and passionate as the hero is on the page.”

In Film Review Weekly, movie reviewer Dan Nitescu called Captain America: Civil War “the apex of what superhero adaption can be,” praising screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for their characterization.

Captain America: Civil War gracefully bolts across murky superhero trope puddles, passed pure marketability and straight into the heart of actualized comic book adaptation.”

Like most viewers, Nitescu was especially impressed by Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spiderman.

“Fresh heroes Black Panther and our favorite wall-crawler Spider-Man, portrayed exceptionally well by Tom Holland, increase the adventure tenfold. Boseman carries himself with the grace of a Wakandan prince complete with an indestructible suit and razor-sharp claws while Holland delivers by far the best web-shooting performance since the treasured animated series who charmingly threatens to steal the third act.”

Chadwick Boseman will be starring in a Black Panther solo movie, tentatively scheduled to be released on February 16, 2018. If the schedule remains unchanged, Black Panther will be the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ninety percent of the cast will be African or African American. Michael B. Jordan, who played the Human Torch in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four, will be co-starring. Due to legal complications as to which studio owns the rights to which Marvel characters, Jordan will probably not be reprising his role as Johnny Storm/Human Torch. Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, best known for her roles as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave and Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is rumored to be in negotiations to join the cast.

Black Panther, created by Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby in 1966, was the first black superhero in American comics. His alter ego is T’Challa, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Oxford University. In the comic books, Black Panther joined the Avengers before Vision did. T’Challa has been romantically linked with singer/civil rights activist Monica Lynne and the superheroine Storm, the leader of the X-Men.

Tom Holland will star in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is tentatively scheduled to be released July 7, 2017, as the 16th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

USA Today’s Brian Truitt gave Captain America: Civil War three and a half stars out of a possible four stars. Rotten Tomatoes gave Captain America: Civil War a 90 percent rating. Metacritic, on the other hand, only rated the movie a 75. Two things most reviewers agree on: Captain America: Civil War is likely to continue to do well at the box office, and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther stole the show.

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