Captain America: Civil War has hit theaters, but is it any good?
Captain America is the last Avenger to make it to the big screen and the first Avenger to kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s phase three. According to Gizmodo, some might even go as far as to say that Captain America: Civil War should have been the first Avengers film to be released, ahead of Age of Ultron.
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The label of the film as an Avengers film is not a stretch considering that Captain America: Civil War features just about the complete roster of every Avenger introduced onto the big screen to date.
Captain America: Civil War‘s narrative takes place sometime after the events of Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, with the opening of the movie kicking off with the new Avengers lineup in action. The movie puts the focus on The Winter Soldier, one of Captain America’s best friends from his time back in World War 2. After the two met in the previous film, the effects of the encounter still haunt the two as Steve finds himself brooding over what had happened to Bucky Barnes. The plot puts a heavy focus on conflicting beliefs and ideals between Captain America and Iron Man after a big conflict splits the team into two separate sides, resulting from various governments of the world casting their eyes on the Avengers as a dangerous entity.
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While Tony Stark believes that the governments are doing the right thing, Steve Rogers does not. The two are not villains but the audience’s bias to either hero’s beliefs will play a big role in how they enjoy the film. The real villain in the film is Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo. At first glance, Baron Zemo feels like an odd character, almost out of place in the film, leading viewers to wonder and question what he is up to and why he is doing what he is doing. When the big reveal comes in the final act of the film, one of the biggest shocking moments in a Marvel movie happens.
The best moments of Captain America: Civil War are all thanks to some of the most memorable set pieces ever seen on a superhero film to date, with an airport battle featuring 12 heroes battling it out through moments of exciting action and humor. The characterization of each of the heroes also makes the movie great, doing justice to the supporting cast just as they did to the three main characters of the film.
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According to many fans, Captain America: Civil War also brought about one of the most impressive and charming incarnations of Spider-Man to date through Tom Holland. Despite his rather limited screentime, many viewers believe that Spider-Man stole the show, impressing fans and making them cheer as he swung from his webs alongside the Avengers for the first time.
One of the two new characters introduced in Captain America: Civil War was a very welcome addition to the cinematic universe. Black Panther and Spider-Man were the two new characters in the film, with the former not being in the first few stages of the script, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Directors Anthony and Joe Russo spoke on the reason they added Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, to the film.
“Once we had that spine we were then able to look at the movie as a whole and go, ‘How do we balance out the film?’ We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we took a free radical, who enters the story, that has a strong investment in the plot, the strongest investment in the plot in many ways, and not have him give a damn about either side in the fight?’ “
In some way, Captain America: Civil War is an origin story for Black Panther, as his reasons for becoming a superhero are explained in detail in the film, and are, in fact, a crucial part of the film’s plotline.
Captain America: Civil War is the Marvel movie that many people have been waiting for. Receiving praise from critics and fans alike, the film once again has not failed to impress.
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