Captain America: Civil War – A Marvel-lous conflict between fan faves
Spiderman stole the show. Black Panther was met with a round of applause. Ant-Man was, well, Ant-Man, except when he really wasn’t. The new recruits to the Avengers franchise stood tall and more than held their own in Captain America: Civil War. Quips were made, but the stakes rose, punches were pulled, but the stakes rose. Finally, lines were crossed and heroes were hurt. Civil War is an escalation in parts, but by the final act there can be no doubt. These guys aren’t playing games anymore.
There were more than a couple of ‘ooh’ moments. You know, those moments when you know that just HAD to hurt. Also more than a few laughs to be had along the journey. Peter Parker / Spiderman (played by Tom Holland, who we saw recently in In The Heart of the Sea) provides much of the comic relief, as well as some majorly mad skills when it comes to confronting heroes he has spent years looking up to. His commentary of the battle at hand is wonderfully written and I honestly can’t wait to see him suit up again. Like Spiderman, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man offers a light-hearted look at the Avengers internal conflict, and becomes pivotal during the major clash between the two warring parties.
Chadwick Boseman, introduced here as T’Challa / Black Panther, makes a spectacular entrance and his initial confrontation with the Captain America (Chris Evans) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) duo is a highlight of the film. T’Challa / Black Panther has a much greater role to play than either Spiderman or Ant-Man, and his character is vastly different to the other two, but that suit looks awesome and he brings some fantastic qualities to this movie.
Of the Avengers we have come to know, there is obviously little to laugh about. Friendships are pushed aside as various characters align themselves behind our two protagonists, Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Steve Rogers / Captain America. Caught up in the conflict we have Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanov / Black Widow, Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Lt James Rhodes / War Machine (Don Cheadle), Sam Wilson / Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlett Witch.
Fans of Black Widow should enjoy her at her ass-kicking best in the first half of the film, but her character does disappear towards the end. The chemistry between ‘Bucky’ Barnes (the Winter Soldier) and Wilson is very amusing, especially when they’re on the run together, and unlike the preceding ‘Age of Ultron‘ we are given an opportunity here to really get to know both Vision and Scarlett Witch.
Whilst the movie is all about our warring heroes, their descent is a consequence of the vengeful Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), who blames the Avengers for the death of his family. Zemo’s storyline does drag in parts, and there are aspects of the overall film that could have been tightened a little, but the action sequences are worth the wait, and the overall story lends itself to a believable division within the Avengers ranks. This is a story of what happens when we are faced with the ‘grey’ areas of right and wrong, and friendships are split based along lines of morality as much as they are based on loyalty. There is a lot happening in this movie, and a lot of ground to cover, so it’s hard to be overly critical when it is slow in parts.
Captain America: Civil War ranks high among the Marvel films. It’s not the best of the series. I’d probably still rate the first Iron Man ahead of it, and I’m sure many would disagree but I did enjoy the first Avengers more than this, but these are line-ball calls and I can’t imagine people being too disappointed with this outing.
And stick around until the end. There are two post credit scenes that set up future Marvel films. And it’s worth it for one last look at Peter Parker’s surprisingly sexy Aunt May.
Explosions and Action
Chaos and Carnage