I remember it like it was yesterday. It was October of 2014, and I was eagerly awaiting May of the following year to arrive because that was when I would finally see Avengers: Age of Ultron, the much anticipated sequel to my favorite Marvel movie. Nothing could match my excitement… until a little movie called Captain America: Civil War was announced.
I mean, what’s better than a bunch of super heroes teaming up to fuck shit up? Why, a bunch of super heroes beating the shit out of eachother, of course. And with the masterminds behind the amazing Captain America: Winter Soldier returning, how can it fail?
It doesn’t. On any level. This movie is fucking amazing.
If you are unfamiliar with the popular comic arc, here is a quick synopsis: After the events of Age of Ultron, various governments agree that super heroes are too dangerous, and cause more problems than solve. They decide to pass a bill that will “keep super heroes in check”. Tony Stark, feeling the guilt of the destruction of Sokovia, supports the government’s decision. However Steve Rodgers feels that giving the government that much power is a terrible idea. As if this wasn’t enough to make the two allies butt heads, Rodgers’ best friend Bucky (the Winter Soldier) gets caught up in an assassination. Captain America and various Marvel favorites fight against Iron Man and his team of heroes for what they believe in.
Let’s breakdown what makes this movie awesome.
There are a number of new characters in the movie but no doubt everyone is excited to see Black Panther and Spider-Man, and they should be. Both these characters (especially Spider-Man) steal the show. Much like Captain America, Black Panther is just an all around bad ass. Many scenes show him keeping up with the super soldier in both speed and combat.
Though we have seen two interpretations of Spider-Man on the big screen prior to this, Marvel’s Spider-Man is unlike any other. He is extremely young and new, but still a hero at heart. This is the first time Marvel has been able to use Spider-Man (he was previously a property of Sony) and they certainly know how to portray him. One of my favorite things they did was show a superpower that wasn’t quite emphasized before: Spider-Man is fucking strong. I can’t wait to see him in his own movie.
What makes Marvel movies so amazing is they have built their own universe. The first Iron Man movie was awesome, but let’s face it, the part that really got us excited was the post credits scene when it was announced that there were more heroes coming. Since then every movie has usually had a cameo, or even just a mention of another Marvel hero. This movie has more heroes than Age of Ultron (don’t worry though, this movie is very much a Captain America movie, just with a lot of amazing supporting characters). Tony Stark is less smarmy and more sullen, and it might be Robert Downey Jr’s best Iron Man yet. Bucky Barnes is a very central character and we really get to see what an amazing character he is. Though she had a great performance in AOU, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch really stood out in this movie for me. Though this is only the second time we have seen Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, he absolutely crushes it (in fact he has my favorite line in the movie). Everyone really knocks it out of the park.
The central conflict of this movie is unlike anything the Avengers have faced. Those who once fought next to each other, now fight against each other. Best friends punch each other in the face. It just gets better and better. The airport scene that is shown in the trailer is the highlight of the movie (and a lot longer). As usual the fight scenes are flawless. There were so many times the crowd in the theatre cheered.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Marvel has been building their universe for 8 years now, and of all their heroes Captain America (who I have to be honest I was the least excited for) gets better with every outting. I can’t wait to see what the Russo brothers do with Infinity Wars… This movie gets my seal of approval.