One of the most anticipated movies of the year has finally arrived. Based on the trailers you will know that Captain America: Civil War is the culmination of Marvel’s universe. From the first Iron Man to Avengers: Age of Ultron, all of Marvel’s storylines have come to a head, and, with the proposed “Sokovia Accords,” the Avengers have been divided. With Captain Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) leading the opposing sides, the Avengers team may never be the same again.
Bringing this movie to the silver screen meant embracing a large ensemble cast. Could Marvel Studios balance the storylines of twelve (yes, twelve) warring heroes, introducing two new heroes, two villains, the humor, and the conflict? The answer: yes. The Russo Brothers almost perfectly manage to balance all of these elements and create a well-rounded story (unlike Batman v Superman). The introduction of characters like Black Panther/King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tease the audience with their solo films to come while continuing to advance the main story. This is where Civil War manages to outshine Batman v Superman; the story consistently focuses on the ideological divide between the warring teams. And it isn’t just Captain Rogers and Tony Stark that have their motivations: characters like Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) also express their thoughts on the “Sokovia Accords.”
And no superhero movie is complete without amazing action, right? Civil War somehow manages to up-the-ante with each action sequence and for those that thought the “airport” scene would be lame… YOU’RE WRONG. That scene, lasting about eighteen minutes, brings some of the best action moments in the history of comic book movies. Nerds will be thoroughly impressed and amazed by the match-ups, including Captain America versus Iron Man. The funny thing is that there are several other action scenes that deserve our appreciation too!
Distracted by all of the action and characters, audiences may not realize that there is an actual villain in this movie. Played by Daniel Brühl, Helmut Zemo slyly pits our heroes against one another, and his motivations play into the larger themes of the film and its story. I won’t spoil anything, but audiences should know that he is not like other villains in the franchise. As seen in the trailers, Crossbones (Frank Grillo) makes an appearance as well.
Without a doubt, Captain America: Civil War changes the Marvel universe immediately after the last scene. You’ll need to catch this must-see film of 2016 to truly understand and make sure to check out our spoilers discussion on the upcoming React-O-Vision podcast!
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