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Arts and Entertainment

“Captain America: Civil War” vs “Guardians of the Galaxy”

By Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief

 

Captain America: Civil War Guardians of the Galaxy
Year Released 2016 2014
Running Time 2 hours 27 minutes 2 hours, 1 minute
Opening Weekend (USA) $179,139,142 $94,320,883
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,153,304,495 $774,176,600
Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) 7.8/10 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes 91% 91%

Statistics from IMDB.com and RottonTomatoes.com

The case for “Captain America: Civil War”

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Following the events of 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War” splits the Avengers apart. In this film, our heroes appear to be the most vulnerable they have ever been. The United Nations come up with the Sokovia Accords, a set of documents that require the Avengers to only act when permitted by the United Nations capital. Team Cap is against the Sokovia Accords while Team Iron Man is for it.

“Civil War” also introduced two fan-favorite characters into the MCU, Black Panther and Spider-Man. The Wakanda King seeks revenge against Bucky Barnes after he was accused of killing T’Challa’s father. Peter Parker lets his left hand free to prove to Tony Stark he is worthy of becoming an Avenger.

“Civil War” shows a much more personal story by turning friends into foes. The film allows room for character development in ways that haven’t been seen before in the MCU.

The case for “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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The “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened up the pathway for so many more MCU films. With a much more cosmic setting, this film introduces some of the most oddball characters yet, those being a kidnapped, music loving Earth-ling Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, adopted daughter of the mad Titan Thanos Gamora, a talking racoon named Rocket, Drax the Destroyer and a thieving walking tree that constantly reminds you his name is Groot.

One of the greatest things about “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the soundtrack that comes from Peter Quill’s Walkman. Quill’s Walkman is the only thing that he has left from when he was abducted from Earth as a boy.

The Guardians go against Ronan the Accuser who is searching for an orb that contains an infinity stone. The film becomes a chase film with Ronan going after the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Conclusion Winner: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” set in place a foundation for cosmic MCU films to build off. It is easy to see the influence the Guardians gave to other films like “Thor: Ragnarok.” It gave Marvel the confidence to go outside of its comfort zone, and now we have films like “Ant-Man” and “Doctor Strange.”

This film created magical characters and made people care about them in one movie. In comparison to “Civil War,” it had eight years of build up to that point. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is easily one of the best MCU films.

Best Quotes
Captain America: Civil War Guardians of the Galaxy
Our very strength invites challenge, challenge incites conflict and conflict… breeds catastrophe.-Vision You said it yourself, bitch. We’re the Guardians of the Galaxy.- Peter Quill
I don’t care. He killed my mom.-Tony Stark We are Groot.- Groot
I’m sorry Tony… I wouldn’t do this if I had any choice… but he’s my friend. -Steve Rogers The only matter I do not take seriously, BOY, is you. Your politics BORE me.-Thanos