United We Stand, Divided We Fall
The Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off its Phase 3 with the highly anticipated film: Captain America: Civil War. The 13th film in the franchise brings not only Captain America to a close in his own trilogy, but brings in the rest of The Avengers along for the ride including two newcomers: Black Panther and Spider-Man!
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Joe and Anthony Russo has done it again in this explosive, action-packed, emotional story that pits Captain America against his friends and personal morals to do what he thinks is ultimately right. After the world holds The Avengers accountable for all of the death and destruction around the globe, a treatment called the Sokovia Accords is drafted by the United Nations to allow the government to regulate and control The Avengers and their missions.
Cap is against this idea as he believes that the world needs The Avengers to be able to respond to whatever is necessary, while Tony Stark believes there has been enough damage and there needs to be order. This divides the team into two factions: one led by Captain America featuring Falcon, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, The Winter Soldier, and Scarlet Witch; while Iron Man leads War Machine, Vision, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. (If you ask me, Tony’s side is a bit more overpowered.)
Let’s jump to Black Panther and Spider-Man. The two newest additions almost come out of of nowhere, but they are placed perfectly into the film. Black Panther is the son of King T’Chaka from Wakanda. After a conference in Vienna is bombed by an assailant who frames Bucky, King T’Chaka is killed which brings T’Challa (Black Panther) the heir to the throne and on a path for vengeance. He reveals to Cap, Falcon, and Bucky, in a really cool way, that he is The Black Panther in Wakanda and he is set to kill The Winter Soldier. He then joins team Iron Man in the fight to bring the rogues in.
Tom Holland is the newcomer to fill the shoes of Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the third time. This time though he is where he belongs, in the MCU family. Let me say that he is absolutely perfect also. Peter is introduced by Tony trying to recruit him at his apartment where he already knows he is Spider-Man. Through this funny and heart-filled encounter, Tony convinces Peter to join him for a “field trip” and he’ll provide a nice upgrade to his home-made suit. When Spider-Man finally enters the screen with the rest of the gang, it is glorious. He also gets a good amount of screen time and shows off his humor, fighting, and style like no incarnation of the character before.
This leads me to one of the best highlights of the film: the airport fight scene. This sequence will probably go down in the history books as one of the greatest comic book movie scenes of all time. With The Avengers fighting each other from every angle possible, the action is unbelievable and have you literally rooting for everyone.
There is also some really cool and fun moments in this battle that still shows how much of these characters are friends, and they hate to fight each other. But ultimately, this battle is needed as it paves way for Captain America to get where he needs to be so he can stop the real threat that is going on behind the scenes. Plus, there is an awesome moment with Ant-Man during this sequence that comic fan boys will love.
With the addition of basically all of the Avengers except for Thor and Hulk, it may be hard to imagine that this is a Captain America story and not an Avengers 3. Have no fear, as this film is very well balanced from start to finish. Like I said, Captain America is trying to get to a destination to stop the much larger threat.
Unfortunately, the whole team along with the government doesn’t realize what’s going on, and it’s only Tony who does before it’s too late. Steve Rogers struggles throughout this film with not only the morality of going against his friends and the government, but his loyalty to Bucky as he knows he was framed and brainwashed for all of his past crimes.
Baron Zemo is the puppeteer behind all of the madness who successfully infiltrates the government and pushes Tony to go against Steve by the end. The only downfall about Zemo is that he is not as awesome as he is in the comics. Without sporting an iconic costume and simply not being sinister enough, he seems like a very minor threat that ends up causing a lot of damage. It’s a clever twist by the Russo brothers, but I still would have loved to see Zemo at his full potential.
To sum everything up, Captain America: Civil War is a must see film. If you’re worried about it being a repeat of, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice don’t even worry about it. There wasn’t a single moment I was bored or uninterested in any of the characters or action going on throughout the entire film. In fact, when it was getting to the third act, I was having so much fun watching I didn’t realize how fast it was going by. By the end of the film the MCU has a very interesting route to take from the aftermath of all of this. I will save this discussion for my spoiler-talk and theories, but let’s just say that we may get a new take of Avengers later on.
Captain America: Civil War features an all-star cast in their destined-filled roles, edge of your seat action, a lot of heart and emotion that will have you rooting for both sides, and tons of fun. Marvel and the Russo brothers have done an amazing job and I cannot wait to see what they do with Avengers: Infinity War.
I give Captain America: Civil War a 9/10!