Captain America: Civil War

The newest Marvel movie is not only going to shake the box office, but it will also shake the future of the MCU. I was so excited that I went to see it on opening night and I wasn’t disappointed. I liked it so much that I really don’t want to spoil any of it for anyone who isn’t sure if they are going to go. The only thing I will reveal is that major prediction at the end of my WTE article turned out to be completely wrong, Captain America does not die. However, there is a possibility that the end result could be similar, but I doubt it.

 

The Bad

Pretty much all the things that I didn’t like are nit picky things that don’t really take much away from the movie. For instance, I really didn’t like the big, white, block-lettering that popped up to tell the audience what country the setting was in now. I like the idea of it big simple but I didn’t know why they needed to make it so big and unnecessary. There were quite a few cliche remarks or jokes that just made me think “Really, $200M budget and that’s the best line you could come up with.” Also, I hated how young Aunt May is. Mainly because I saw her and I thought “That woman is attractive.” and then I realized “Crap, that’s Aunt May!” In my opinion, Aunt May needs to be the strong, caring, wise, and relatively old woman that raises Peter Parker. We don’t see much of her but I can tell that she doesn’t fit at least one of those characteristics.

There were only two aspects of the film that actually made me think a little less of it. The first is the mood of the big fight scene amongst the Avengers. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fantastic scene and one of my favorites of the movies. To me though, it never felt like the fight was real with most of the characters. An example of this is when Black Widow asks Hawkeye “We’re still friends right?”, in the middle of the fight. I think they did it that way to show that most of the people involved didn’t really want to fight the others but I still thought that particular scene could have been even better. The other thing that is try my patience just a little is that the Avengers team continues to grow so large that screen time is split so much that it is sometimes hard to tell who’s movie it actually is. Marvel just refuses to kill off or retire any of the major characters. I thought they retired Clint (Hawkeye) but he comes back in this movie. Banner is in hiding but it is reasonably certain that he will be back as Hulk in the Infinity Wars. The only hero to be killed off in battle was Quicksilver and he was only in one movie. After the events in Civil War, it seems as if the character War Machine will be retired but he was hasn’t really been a big part of the MCU since Iron Man 2.

The Good

This is a movie full of surprises, action, suspense, twists, laughter, and everything in between. There were many things that I loved but are necessarily work writing about as I’m sure 92% of people notice most of the good stuff (the movie is getting 92% Rotten Tomatoes audience score). I not only loved the new characters but also the character development of a couple heroes that were introduced in Age of Ultron. We saw significant development in both Scarlett Witch (Wanda Maximoff) and Vision. Scarlett Witch really begins to come into her own as an Avenger. We also begin to see their relationship with each other develop. In the comics, Vision (the synthezoid created by Ultron but inhabited with the same AI that made J.A.R.V.I.S work) and Wanda fall in love and eventually leave the Avengers and have twin boys (I know it doesn’t make sense, just go with it.) so I assume something along those lines is only a couple movies away in this universe. Ant Man was funny in his short cameo for the one fight scene and we got to see his new ability to make himself huge so that was pretty cool. And we also get to see Bucky rehabilitate significantly from the soldier that had been serving for Hydra. I don’t want to reveal too much about Bucky’s role though except that he is a pivotal cog to the plot.

Now to the new characters, because they were amazing. Speaking of amazing, I was a bit skeptical of the new Spider-Man at first but Tom Holland is a quality choice for sure. I still may lean towards Garfield as my favorite Spider-Man ever though; at least for now. Holland’s Spider-Man was young, funny, immature, and young. Really though, he plays a much younger Spider-man than we’ve ever seen. I am not saying that is a good or bad thing until I see his first stand-alone movie. During the fight scene we get to see a little of what he can do and it is impressive. They particularly emphasized his superhuman strength that can sometimes be understated amongst all his other abilities. We didn’t see much of Everett K. Ross but I have a feeling we might in the future. Lastly is my personal favorite new character, Chadwick Boseman…I mean Black Panther. I really enjoyed watching him do his thing because it really brought a whole to fighting style to the movie. A guy who is quick like a cat, has a suit made of vibranium, and always lands on his feet. I thought Boseman was an excellent choice for the part. Turns out, the Black Panther is actually T’Challa, the Prince of Wakanda and the Panther is traditionally the role of a supreme warrior or protector of Wakanda. I am now really excited for his stand-alone movie coming out in 2018.

PS: There is a scene where Steve Rodgers keeps a helicopter from taking off with basically just his biceps, and it is awesome!

The Rating

This movie could easily come across as over hyped but it really did its best to live up to it. I would say that Captain America: Civil War should easily fall into the “Must Watch” category among action movies even though it doesn’t really do anything to set up Infinity Wars as we never even see Thanos once. Seriously though, just watch it. It won’t disappoint.

4.5/5

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