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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Passes $1 Billion at Box Office

Disney and Marvel have announced that Captain America: Civil War, starring East Ender Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, has passed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the 25th film to ever do so. The sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise now has four films that have grossed over $1 billion: 2012’s The Avengers, and 2013’s Iron Man 3, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and this latest Captain America film.

The third Captain America title, Civil War pits the Avengers against each other when Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) disagree over the United Nations’ proposal to make the Avengers a committee-led group that only acts when approved. While Tony thinks it’s a good idea—the Avengers have saved the world, but they’ve caused a ton of collateral damage in the process—Steve thinks it goes against why the group formed in the first place. The heroes eventually split when Steve’s best friend, former brainwashed assassin Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is accused of a major terrorist act. Iron Man, War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and a reluctant Black Widow go after Winter Soldier with the intent of bringing him in, while Captain America, Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) set out to prove Bucky’s innocence.

The film’s success can be attributed to the immensely popular characters, most of which have appeared on the silver screen in multiple films. Johansson has played the Black Widow since 2010’s Iron Man 2, and has appeared in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans have long clamored for Johansson to headline a Black Widow film, but so far there hasn’t been one announced.

The next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Doctor Strange, hits theaters on November 4, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok premiere next year. There are currently Marvel films scheduled through 2019. 

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