Moviegoers finally have had the chance to go to the multiplex and experience the epic battle between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War. However, as Funny or Die now reveals in Captain America: Civil War Reenactors (watch it above), those who charged out to see Marvel’s latest during its opening weekend have nothing on the true die-hards who live, breathe, and—on a weekly basis—meet to re-create the superheroes’ most famous clashes.
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Veep’s Tony Hale and New Girl’s Adam Pally star in the spoof as two pool store employees who spend their off-hours dressing up as Iron Man and Captain America, respectively, for cosplay treating the Marvel Civil War clashes much as history buffs might look at re-staging key battles from the 1860s. For these two, costuming-up isn’t a hobby, but a “lifestyle” that they take so seriously, it even occasionally brings them to tears—or blows using pool noodles, much to the chagrin of their day-job boss (played by Hollywood legend M. Emmet Walsh).
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As one might expect from such a spoof, the re-enactors’ gear is about as chintzy as their Marvel devotion is obsessive, and both Hale and Pally get significant comedic mileage out of gently poking fun at Civil War and super-fandom—a condition that afflicts not only men, but also, apparently, rom-com-loving women, as proven by perhaps the clip’s most unexpected gag.
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