Summary

A conflict arises between members of the Avengers when they’re told not to cause collateral damage. They then cause a sh!tload of collateral damage. Take that, Liepzig Airport!

Featuring
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
Paul Bettany as Vision
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant Man
Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spiderman
with Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter
and Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo

Whew, that’s long list of big name stars, isn’t it? Well, except for Elizabeth Olsen. She still can’t seem to act, and for some unknown reason, her crappy Eastern European accent has turned into a crappy American accent. More on that in a moment though. Captain America: Civil War is the last of the standalone Captain America movies. Except…it isn’t really.

You see, this is actually an Avengers movie that’s just been rebranded. If this was a standalone Captain America movie, it’d be more like The FIrst Avenger or The Winter Soldier. Here, we’re dealing with The Avengers as a whole, and looking back on it, makes me think Age of Ultron should have been Iron Man 4.

Anyway, the story begins when a team of Avengers is on a mission to capture a mercenary team who’s about to steal and smuggle a biological weapon from Africa. Unfortunately, the end of the operation results in a lot of dead civilians from a made up country called Wakanda.

The United Nations is unable to stem the tide of anger from various countries, and ends up forcing new operational rules on the Avengers. Opinion is divided pretty much immediately, with Captain America (ironically) preferring operational freedom, and Iron Man (ironically) preferring the option of limited oversight. And of course, the rest of the Avengers are split along both those lines.

Civil War is probably the best of the Marvel movies so far, apart from maybe Winter Soldier. This movie deals with a lot of issues in a neat and well made package. Should superpowerful people who can annihilate entire countries on their own be given unlimited freedom to do what they please? What does friendship mean when your best and oldest friend is now an enemy?

And I have to say that Robert Downey Jnr does a wonderful job with Iron Man in this movie. The more we see this version of Iron Man, the more we see the vulnerable man who has built a facade around his personality and ego. The one that regrets never saying goodbye to his parents. The one who feels the loss of his friends but still must go on because he’s dug himself into one hole and not another.

Of course, this movie also sees the debut of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, who is absolutely awesome, and the return of Spiderman with Tom Holland to Marvel’s fold is exquisite. They might finally do Spiderman right!

Civil War sets a really high bar for Marvel movies. Makes me wonder how they’ll retcon the gathring of the Avengers once again for the upcoming Infinity War movies. Because they’ll need to reconvene, and the schism that’s formed in the Avengers will prove difficult to heal. Or not, since Thanos must represent a much bigger threat than any petty difference of opinion.

Rating

The kind of movie that says comic books aren’t just for kids. There are some really adult questions and themes they deal with. Underestimate them at your peril.

Watch this if you…

You know what’s good for you. It’s fantastic.

Skip this if you…

Aren’t into costume parties.

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