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New York, NY—October 17th, 2016 — The next chapter in the sensational saga of Captain America begins here! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #7 – the first installment in the next exciting story arc “Hail Hydra”! Blockbuster creators Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz re-unite once more as Hydra’s tentacles slowly tighten around the Marvel Universe! Civil War II may have ended, but Steve Rogers and his machinations are just beginning! S.H.I.E.L.D is coming apart at the seams as the Red Skull marches across Europe, with an army at his back. Steve Rogers can only smile – everything is going according to plan. Be there for the start of a new jumping on point as Hydra comes to Marvel NOW! in CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #7 – on-sale November 9th!
I don’t usually write about superhero comics, or add my two cents to the internet outrages, controversies, and speculations that the comic book industry produces like Campbell’s makes soup, but I think this might be a good time to make an exception. Biff Bam Pop! readers may know that I’m something of a Captain America fan from my two-part look at Cap and historical memory, which you can read here and here. What you may not know is that these days, the only comics I collect are Our Army at War/Sgt. Rock, and Captain America. Those are the only two titles that will never be sold and replaced with trades, or donated to a library book sale, or whatever, that I bag and board using archival materials, and that I occasionally take Smaug-like glee over just possessing. I also occasionally like to take a pile of them out of their bags and curl up and binge-read them, reveling in the smell of old comics, looking at the ads, old-school lettercols, back matter, backup stories, etc. – you know, enjoy them as comic books.
I woke up this morning expecting the big comics news to be the fallout from DC Universe Rebirth #1, ably summed up here by Biff Bam Pop’s own JP Fallavollita, and reviewed by me here, but it wasn’t. Marvel Comics managed to trump DC’s big universal reboot with a shattering revelation, one that has destroyed almost any joy I might ever have reading another Marvel Comic. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Captain America: Steve Rogers #1
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.
This week, AJ and Paul are joined by Biff Bam Poppers K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey to discuss the latest and greatest Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War, and then there’s “The Americans.” See and hear more after the jump.
Last weekend, the next of the big large-popcorn, comic book superhero, cinematic-universe-builder blockbusters dropped into movie theaters everywhere – Captain America: Civil War! How did it stand up to the other dozen Marvel movies, or even that other superhero fight flick, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Something tells me it did a little better than that latter film…
Based on the celebrated Marvel Comics mini-series Civil War, this culmination of the first twelve Marvel films pits six of Marvel’s greatest superheroes against six other of Marvel’s greatest superheroes. This is it, folks, the big one. What did we think of it? Let’s find out.
Over the course of the day, Biff Bam Pop! writers will give their high level take on the film. Check back regularly, as more contributions are added to this post of reviews that are sure to run the gamut of praise and maybe even derision. So meet us after the jump, our reviews of Captain America: Civil War are only a giant step away…
A week before the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, was triumphantly released into cinemas around the globe, Biff Bam Pop! staffers Jim Knipp, Justin Mohareb, Glenn Walker and JP Fallavollita each listed the Top 3 Easter Eggs that they wanted to see in the film.
You can find that particular spoiler-free ask right here. Today, a week and a half after the triumphant, money-making, release of the first movie in the third phase of Marvel’s grand cinematic plan, we revisit their mouth-watering fan-boy desires.
Some of them were fist-pumpingly rewarded. Some obscure predictions were even proved right. Some of the writers were utterly relieved. And still others were left inconsolably disappointed.
After the jump, there be Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs proven, Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs disproven, and Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs still hoped-for!
After the jump, there be spoilers galore!
As expected, it was a huge weekend at the box office. Here’s what went down:
Captain America: Civil War debut in the top spot this weekend with an estimated three-day haul of an outstanding $182.5 million. While down from the high expectations of an over $200 million by some (including me), this was the biggest opener for a Captain America film, as well as the fifth biggest opening weekend of all time. Reviews have been stellar for Civil War, and it should have decent legs over the next few weeks, as it tries to hit the $400 million mark. While it may be a longshot, there’s always a possibility. We’ll be watching.
As usual when it comes to these obvious box office predictions, no preamble is needed. Let’s get right into the predictions:
Captain America: Civil War is Avengers 3 by any other name, seeing as how it includes virtually all the Marvel Cinematic Universe major players, less Thor, Hulk and the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the film, Team Captain America goes up against Team Iron Man as our heroes battle over the Sokovia Accords and being run under government auspices.
Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part II
In the first part of this essay, I briefly sketched the construction of American memories of World War II that began slightly before the war and continue into the 21st century. In many ways the war has become a defining part of American identity, and the dominant, triumphal memory narrative we have created about it serves to elevate American participation in the war almost to the level of the sacred, and certainly to the realm of the simple black and white, good v. evil duality that is much more comforting than any messy and contradictory reality might be. The character of Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the more perfect cultural artifacts to illustrate this process of memory construction, and the ways in which counter-memories, which challenge the dominant narrative, inevitably influence the national mythology.