Captain America: Civil War is probably the best superhero movie I’ve seen this year (sorry BvS). While the movie had plot holes, the introduction of the new characters and story was very well put together. I tip my hat off to the Russo Brothers for doing it again. While Winter Soldier was great, Civil War brought Captain America and the cinematic universe to a new level. So, lets start with the positives.
First and foremost, Spider-Man was spectacular. In my mind, he stole the show. Tom Holland’s interpretation of the character was amazing. His youth, inexperience and quirkiness brought it to a whole new level with the characters that we already know and love. His comedic demeanor during the airport battle scene was unexpected but still enjoyable to watch! Him referencing Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back to take down Giant-Man was just icing on the cake! Black Panther is another new character that was introduced and he did not disappoint. Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa was awesome. He was definitely on his own mission to seek out vengeance and there on his own terms. As Black Panther, he was completely bad a**. His speed, agility and strength was very captivating and I’m sure he’ll be a huge asset for the avengers down the road. Simply put, I cannot wait for the standalone Black Panther and Spider-Man films to come out. Boseman and Holland will do amazing things portraying these awesome characters.
The story and plot was very thought out. While it did seemed rushed, you can see the buildup why Stark and Rogers disagree with each other on the Sokovia Accords. This movie definitely portrayed a darker Tony Stark. All of the guilt and pain he suffered in past movies showed, and I understood why he wanted government oversight. Steve Rogers, on the other hand, showed a transformed Steve in his place in the marvel cinematic universe. In his first movie, he was a soldier and followed orders. His mindset until Captain America: The Winter Soldier changed. When he realized that he’s been working for Hydra made him think that Captain America will start doing things his own way. Both sides had compelling arguments and there was a sense that there is no wrong side. Shoutout to Marcus/McFeely, the writers, to keep that tone steady throughout the movie. The fight between Tony vs Steve and Bucky was very emotional to see. If I were Tony, I probably would’ve done the same thing. At the same time, Bucky had no control over his actions. Even though Hydra killed Tony’s parents, Bucky pulled the trigger.
The ending was a perfect way to close the movie. To recap, Steve left his shield behind with Tony, signifying that his role as Captain America is over…for now. He broke out his friends from that floating fortress prison and gone rogue. Now, he fled to Wakanda with Bucky. There, Black Panther and his scientists put Bucky under ice again until they can figure out to get rid of the programming Hydra put in his head. Steve Rogers did leave Tony a message that if he ever needs him, he’ll be there…Avengers: Infinity War set up! Black Panther comes out 3 months before Avengers: Infinity War. Since Bucky and Cap are already there, I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie is a set up to Infinity War. Now that our heroes are divided, it’ll be a climatic build up to bring our heroes together again when Thanos arrives.
There were only a few things that bothered me in this movie. One, was Baron Zemo. While I appreciate his little but crucial involvement to divide the heroes, his background was what bothered me. Yes, it did make sense to have a guy that lost his family during the Sokovia battle to have motivation to destroy the avengers. However, he’s probably the most popular villain of all time against Captain America. In the comics, he was a hydra soldier and menacing to Captain America in the series. It seemed odd that a Sokovian man, who has no knowledge of Hydra, managed to track down a living Hydra solider who had records on Bucky’s brainwashing experiment. While I get that this is a Captain America movie and shows his evolution from 1940s to the 21st century, it felt like an avengers movie. It was awesome to see each avenger have their moment to shine, but in that case, it spotlights on which side each character takes. Since it shows every single avengers point of view, I thought it should’ve been titled Avengers: Civil War.
Overall, this movie is definitely on my top 5 list. Great story arc, great characters and great action sequences as well. If I ever get a chance, I’ll be seeing it again. As always, #TeamCap