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Prep Yourself for Civil War With This Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Retrospective

Marvel Entertainment: #1 at making #2.

Clark Zhu has edited together a retrospective of Marvel’s Phase 2 that might get you even more excited for Captain America: Civil War to get its butt over here than you already were. Zhu’s video features clips from Iron Man 3 through Ant-Man, as well as a peek at Phase 3 in the form of trailer footage from Civil War and Doctor Strange. If the video is region-locked on Youtube for you, it can also be found on Vimeo.

As Collider points out, Zhu’s retrospective follows a similar dramatic arc to most Phase 2 Marvel films, including the requisite scenes of toppling buildings and the hero blaming themselves for tragedy (Ultron nailed it: “You see the inevitability. We rise only to fall”). This mash-up is also very Tony-centric, which is a helpful reminder of how Iron Man got to the point he’s at in Civil War—although I’d love to see a similar retrospective specifically showcasing the women of Marvel’s Phase 2.

The video also reminds me how long it’s been since I’ve seen some of the Phase 2 films. Guardians is definitely overdue for a re-watch!

As if you need it, here’s a synopsis for Captain America: Civil War:

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.

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