Are the Avengers vigilantes or heroes? Like many other superhero stories before, this has been one of the central points of conflict that was presented to us in the latest Marvel installment, Captain America: Civil War. But to compare Civil War to other movies before would be a mistake, because it is so much more than what we’ve previously experienced.
The Russo brothers deliver again with a fantastic and compelling film. Whether you’re #TeamCap or #TeamIronman you’ll be in for a treat. Civil War is as packed full of action as you’d expect (more on that in a bit), but similar to Captain America: Winter Soldier you’ll probably find yourself walking out of the theater wanting to mull over some of the more thought-provoking ideas presented throughout the film. (Trust us, this has happened to us before.)
The Avengers are having to face the reality that although they arguably do more good for the world, there are enough casualties that some people are beginning to second-guess their judgement. The Captain himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), has recently witnessed the fall of SHIELD. He has seen first hand that even organizations that were founded to protect others can have ulterior agendas. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) on the opposite end, butts heads with Rogers and argues that the Avengers need to have a system of checks and balances. As far as Tony is concerned, their lack of restrictions have backfired, which has led to endangering more people. (For a refresher on these backstories, we’ve got you covered.)
As for the action I had mentioned earlier – there is a lot of it. The fight scenes, although sometimes long, never get boring and are usually punctuated with small bits of comic relief that give you a moment to catch your breath. The choreography is beautifully executed, which will make all of the fans pining for good fight scenes giddy. The editing makes any on-screen altercation easy to follow, which is fantastic given that there’s a good chunk of it.
It’s conceivable that the other reason there is so much action is to give the gigantic ensemble some more screen time. Not to say the fighting was forced—the team splits and comes to confrontations organically—but some of the characters we’ve gotten to know throughout the first two phases take a back seat to some of the new guys. Civil War takes the time to give Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) some interplay, and it brings recent addition, Ant Man (Paul Rudd), to the group. We also have the introductions for newcomers Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spiderman (Tom Holland).
Both Boseman and Holland fit their roles perfectly. Boseman as T’Challa is regal and commanding on the screen. Holland as Spiderman was one of my favorite parts about this film, and even after so little screen time, I think he’s my favorite on-screen Spiderman. He’s funny, nerdy, quirky, and the slight awkwardness that comes from being a young adult surrounded by his heroes feels honest and relatable.
Despite there being so many stars on the screen, the film does a good job of bringing you back in to focus on Steve and Bucky (Sebastian Stan). People have been jokingly calling Civil War Avengers 2.5, but at its heart it is still very much a Captain America movie, and it does the character justice.
Captain America: Civil War is a fast-paced, action-packed movie that you’ll want to go back to see in theaters over and over again. Phase 3 has been initiated, and now I’m even more hyped up for the Black Panther, Spiderman: Homecoming, and the Infinity War movies.
Sound off in the comments below, are you #TeamCap or #TeamIronman? And if you’ve seen the film, have you switched teams?
Captain America: Civil War was released in the UK on April 29th, 2016.
The worldwide release for Civil War is May 5th, 2016.