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‘Captain America: Civil War’ is the thirteenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Though not all of the movies bleed over into one another, they do share a common story thread that runs through them all and at this stage in the game, it’s just expected that with as many billions of dollars that these movies have raked in, that audience members should already be familiar with the characters and the situation they’re walking into.

At least the better be.  The writers of ‘Civil War’, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus say that this movie is not new-viewer friendly and doesn’t waste time on a lot of background exposition.  So if you haven’t seen any of the previous Marvel movies– and what rock have you been living under?– then you may want to have a marathon binge before taking the new movie in.

McFeely said:

“We had to make a decision early that we were OK losing virgin audience members.  If you don’t know some of these movies before you walk in you might be lost, but hopefully you’ll still be entertained.  We can’t do a ‘previously in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,’ because it will take 25 minutes.”

Markus added:

stephen-mcfeely-christopher-markus“This isn’t a new thing, it’s an ongoing story that’s organically evolving movie to movie.  In the beginning I think [Marvel] did operate as, ‘If this is your first one, it should be as fun as if it were your third one.’ Its a dense ongoing novel at this point.”

We already know that ‘Civil War’ builds off of ‘The Winter Soldier’, the last ‘Captain America’ movie as well as the two ‘Avengers’ movies which saw the heroes battling enemy forces at the expense of loads of non-super collateral damage.

What do you think?  Do we need the exposition?  Or are you ready to hit the ground running?

‘Captain America: Civil War’ directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl, Martin Freeman, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, Paul Rudd, and William Hurt opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: The Wrap