Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.
What We Thought:
I liked Captain America: Civil War. I liked it a lot actually. It’s good. I just think Captain America: The Winter Soldier is better. Well at least it’s a better Captain America movie.
CA:CW feels more like an Avengers movie than a Captain America flick. Sure Cap is the focus (and our hero) from start to finish, but with so many other Marvel characters in it, it feels like Avengers.
I understand why it does. Iron Man, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Vision and others have all been seen in previous Marvel movies especially Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel is also using this movie to launch the next two Avengers films and they needed this storyline to propel the Marvel Universe forward.
Plus this brings in Ant-Man for the first time outside his standalone film. It also introduces the world to Black Panther who will have his own movie in the future. And if you’ve seen the trailers, you know this is the first time Spiderman (played by a third actor) gets pushed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe outside his films.
That being said, it’s still a good movie. I had fun with it despite it being the most story driven film to date. There are some outstanding action sequences, but the story of the heroes fighting against each other, the governments of the world trying to corral them in and registering them and forces coming together because of their actions is pretty heavy and will continue in future films.
But like Winter Soldier, the action put on screen by the Russo Brothers is pretty fantastic. It opens with a big sequence, gets into some story, then some more action, story, etc. You have The Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes fighting everyone. Cap fighting Stark. Black Panther fighting Bucky. Bucky and Cap fighting Stark. Spidey swinging in and Ant-Man stealing every scene he’s in. Seriously, Paul Rudd is perfect casting for Scott Lang, even in a smaller role here, he steals the film to me.
I may think Winter Soldier is the better Captain America film, but Civil War is still a must see for Marvel fans. It’s a bridge to future films with faces we’ve never seen together before. But unlike the abomination that was Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, those faces serve a purpose to the story and aren’t just “Hey, we threw this guy in to let you know you’ll see him in Justice League”. It’s already making huge money overseas and you already know whether or not you’re seeing it anyways. Although I don’t recommend seeing it in 3D because the film is really quick in spots and the 3D just couldn’t keep up.
Cast & Crew:
- Chris Evans
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Paul Rudd
- Elizabeth Olsen
- Jeremy Renner
- Don Cheadle
- Anthony Mackie
- Sebastian Stan
- Scarlett Johansson
Recommended If You Like:
- Captain America Winter Soldier
- The Avengers
- Marvel Films