Captain America: Civil War is making its way through the post-production process, and currently is handling test screenings and reshoots. Both are normal parts of filmmaking for any Hollywood film, and in my experience, it’s best not to read too heavily into this phase of filmmaking. It’s like looking at meal before its fully cooked and judging how it will taste. There was some toxic test-screening buzz on Mad Max: Fury Road, and we all know how that turned out.
However, if you want to take heart on positive test screening buzz, then Civil War has you covered. Devin at Birth.Movies.Death. says he’s heard from five sources that the movie is testing through the roof, and “[in] fact, the only thing they disagree on is whether the movie tested as well as or better than Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which had previously been the best-testing Marvel movie.” He goes on to say that test audiences’ excitement for the film has also put executives at ease regarding the film going to some dark places and not pulling any punches (I’m reading that as “expect some character deaths,” but I could be wrong).
While I’m incredibly excited for Civil War, I’m still taking this with a grain of salt, not because I don’t trust the filmmakers, but because sometimes the people creating hype out of test screenings have a vested interest in letting you know that a test screening went well. And keep in mind: just because a film is popular with lots of people, that doesn’t mean you’ll like personally. Opinions aren’t determined by a democracy, but I’m still hoping that I enjoy Civil War as much I like most of the other Marvel movies.
Captain America: Civil War opens May 6th. The film stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, and Paul Rudd.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.