YASSSSSSSS! That is the exact feeling I had walking out of seeing Captain America: Civil War. After the mess that was Ultron, Civil War felt like the Avengers film that we were promised, but never got. Civil War is action packed, with witty dialogue, and a somewhat darkened plotline that deals with the darkside of the superheroes actions. There is always a lot going on on screen, but it doesn’t confuse you and each hero definitely has their own moment to cheer for.
In Captain America: Civil War, we find the heroes each dealing with the fallout of what their heroism has done. The public now fears them due to all the destruction and death that surrounds their battles against evil. The world leaders have determined that the Avengers can no longer just operate without government and law, and they draw up a treaty called the Sokovia Accords that not only they, but each super powered person must sign. This is were our heroes are divided as Cap/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) believes this could be dangerous if conflicting governments where to use the heroes for their own agendas, despite the cause, whereas Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) believes it is a good compromise in order for the Avengers to keep operating, not to mention, some personal reasons which I won’t reveal (no-spoilers here!). Piece by piece the team which includes Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Sharon Carter (Emily Van Camp), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and War Machine (Don Cheadle) take opposing sides, with the ultimate battle sequence, taking place at an abandoned airport, drawing a clear line between the two while deliverable one of the best action packed sequences I have ever seen.
While the Cap and Iron Man are the clear lead characters here, Cap is the Cap, and not much arch happens. Iron Man/Tony Stark, however, plays an array of emotions and truly shines through (even if you aren’t Team Iron Man- you kinda get it). But, the best thing about this Marvel installment isn’t really the old faves, but rather the newcomers: T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwisk Boseman) and Peter Parker/Spiderman (Tom Holland). They are everything you wanted and more. Boseman shines as Black Panther, and truly makes you wish his film were coming up much sooner cause he is seriously awesome. Holland breathes a new life into a character that the last series kinda killed (ugh, “Amazing Spiderman”). Both embody their roles to perfection and give an old story new life.
Captain America: Civil War is not without it’s flaws, but, it comes pretty close when it comes to superhero/action films. As this film marks the beginning of Phase Three of the Marvel Universe, it definitely makes me look forward for what is to come.
Captain America: Civil War is now open in theaters.