Thursday, March 10, 2016

Final Trailer: Captain America 3 Civil War

One critic who has seen the film has described it as an "emotional horror film"; I think that's going to be quite accurate:
This trailer has finally answered most critics' most pressing question (but not mine): which team will Spider Man join? I was fairly confident it would be Team Iron Man because Spider Man's a Millennial, and--like his peers--he doesn't have the experience with history that Captain America does (remember the movies Steve Rogers made of punching out Hitler? That's because he lived it) so Spidey will actually trust the government; that's a very different perspective from why Stark is going against Captain America: Stark knows not to trust himself.  After the Age Of Ultron, which was mostly Stark's fault--but Thor and The Vision helped save--Stark shouldn't trust himself, but that doesn't mean every other person is at fault because of Stark's mistakes,... does this sound like an argument over the 2nd Amendment that you have heard before? Without a doubt, Team Iron Man will utilize the same arguments about "government registration" which liberals utilize over seizing guns: because one person has abused guns, no one should have them; the same arguments which we will see Steve Rogers make--"The safest hands are still our own,"--reflects accurately what citizens affirming the 2nd Amendment argue. While other critics are drooling over Spider Man--and he is important, especially as a symbol of the Millennials--I am far more concerned about another character: the Winter Soldier.
Blue vs Red, the color of wisdom (blue) vs the color of the appetites (red) which is accentuated by Stark's facial hair (beards usually symbolize the animal instincts and appetites as opposed to the civilized and clean-shaven man who has overcome his appetites). Steve looks down, suggesting his inward meditations and reflections, whereas Stark looks at us, suggesting that it's because of us that he's taking the action he is going to take (that because he shouldn't be trusted, we the people shouldn't be trusted either). Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) supposedly plays an important role in the events of the film (she is listed in the credits); is it possible that she leaves Stark? That was planted in Iron Man 3 with the Downton Abbey scene that was played. 
Perhaps you recall in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, how young Edmund betrayed his sisters and brother to the White Witch, and Aslan had to sacrifice himself to "redeem" Edmund. It's because Edmund had become familiar with the deceptions and stratagems of the White Witch that, when Peter had lost faith in Prince Caspian and was ready to enter an alliance with the White Witch, Edmund could save Peter because Edmund knew the terror and evil that would be released if Peter agreed to release her. That wisdom which comes from experience is going to be the main character outline of the Winter Soldier: because he has been through the brainwashing and dehumanization techniques of socialism/communism, the Winter Soldier will prove to be the staunchest enemy of the same system that created him. We might also be able to say this about Scarlet Witch (although we don't really know what will happen with her character yet, but this is a possibility). The second character I am most concerned about is Thaddeus Ross.
Look, I have got to tell you, if you still haven't seen Ant Man, you are seriously missing out on a great Marvel film. I know, I know; he's called "Ant Man," but for real, my mom and sister didn't want to see it either, and now they are like both in love with him,... that wasn't the purpose, however, they enjoyed the film that much and you absolutely have to know what is going on with Ant Man in order to understand the important role he's going to play in the film. Now, what is surprising, is what happens at 1:30, Tony tells Natasha, "They're coming for you," and she replies, "I'm not the one who has to watch my back." They are facing a window, meaning, they are "reflecting" on what has happened and what they are going to do. Tony's arm is wrapped like he has all ready been in a fight, so perhaps this is a sign that Natasha is going to switch sides. Something else that has caught my eye: stop the trailer at 1:39: where on earth is Steve? Whose apartment is that? We know Tony must be there with Steve, but,... what? Is that where Bucky has been staying? What is that place? At 1:55, we see Crossbones, who may be the one that "kills" Steve Rogers. It has been rumored that there are two separate endings that have been filmed and shown to audiences, however, if Captain America "dies," it is only temporary, which is why they "killed" Nick Fury in Captain America 2 and then resurrected him, so we could expect the same to happen to Steve Rogers (who all ready died at the end of Captain America and was then resurrected out of the ice). Consequently, we don't see Fury at all--he's not listed in the credits of the film--even though Agent 13 is supposed to be on Captain America's side and she is a SHIELD agent.
Ross (William Hurt) shows The Avengers the footage of destruction throughout various cities in which they were involved, and the way this is played by him is what's important (as you know, Superman will also be brought up on recklessness charges by a Senate committee in Batman vs Superman, so this is a topic worth exploring). How many in the audience are sitting there saying, "Yea, these Avengers are dangerous and they need to be stopped, Look at all those buildings they destroyed and people that got killed because of them?!?!?" and how many people are saying, "We would be enslaved or worse if it wasn't for the Avengers saving us and fighting the fights that we can't. They have protected us and saved the world." It's the former that socialists want to propagate: socialists want everything in the world, but they will never, ever be grateful for anything; they will just keep demanding more and more. Why is Ross doing this? Why is he directing dialogue away from the Avengers as saving the world to people's "fear" and limiting the Avengers' abilities? The answer is around 0:50.
This is a very interesting scene: notice how the light is shining through behind Bucky and Steve. Bucky and Steve stand right in front of two of the "pillars" holding up the structure, while light streams in on Iron Man, brought to his knees. In spite of "facing the light" which symbolizes truth, Stark is still fighting against the hero of the film. Because Bucky and Steve have aligned themselves with the truth--the pillars they stand in front of--they are able to overcome Iron Man (at least in this moment).  Even though the truth of the situation is right in front of Stark (again, the symbolism of the light in the background) he won't accept it. Now, let's talk about Tony's left arm: in the trailer, we see him employ an  Iron Man armored hand just as Bucky prepares to shoot him; towards the end of the trailer, when he speaks with Natasha, we see Tony's left arm in a sling, signifying that he has been injured. We know that hands and the arms symbolize a person's strength, specifically, strength that comes from honor and character. That Tony has been wounded in his arm (specifically, the same arm we saw the Iron Man hand armor applied to) suggests that his use of his armor has gone from being a source of strength, to a source of dishonor, in that he has turned it against his fellow Avenger (those supporting Captain America). Now, there is a part in this trailer when Cap says, wearily, "I could do this all day." I'm not positive, and in fact, I'm probably wrong about this, but I will watch Captain America the First Avenger again before CA3 comes out to verify either way: it seems he says this in the first film, so IF he does (again, I could be wrong about that), we are meant to link those two scenes together because they are being linked to form a statement. 
"I'm sorry, Tony. If I see a situation going south, I can't ignore it. Sometimes I wish I could." We have (basically) seen this same conversation take place before in Man Of Steel when Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) tells young Clark that maybe he should have let the kids on the bus drown instead of saving them. These two examples are the same instances of there being someone who can save another, but being encouraged not to do so: liberals, in both films, want victims, they don't want heroes. I can't think of anything more un-American than letting someone die when there is something you can do to save them. Socialists do NOT want people to believe they can take care of themselves or there is someone in the world who can take care of them besides the government and that is the purpose of both films, is to make people realize that we are stronger than the government wants us to know and the government will do everything it can to weaken us, for the purpose of enslaving us. There are some big films coming out this year: Batman vs Superman, The Huntsman Winter's War, Star Trek Beyond, Now You See Me 2, X-Men Apocalypse and others; Captain America Civil War is going to be THE FILM of the year.
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