The Captain America: Civil War reviews are already in, with the movie having already hit in the UK. The film has a lot of expectations to live up to, especially after the general disappointment of last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and an almost under-the-radar tie-in known as Ant-Man.
[Ed. note: Possible spoilers for the film, which were derived from the comic book series, follow this warning.]
One of the audiences the film will probably let down is the comic book purists, but thanks to Fox still having the rights to any movie featuring a mutant, many parts couldn't make it in. In the comics, there was a massive explosion at a school, and the sole survivor was a mutant known as Speedball. His power is the ability to absorb energy, so the explosion didn't kill him. The press only saw that he was the sole survivor and instantly blamed him for the whole thing.
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As usual with major news, the government got involved and made it a law for all mutants and super-powered humans and non-humans to register and reveal their identities. This was how the civil war started, and Captain America's death ended it. This review is on the movie inspired by it, and there were obviously changes to be made.
For moviegoers disappointed with the last Avengers, Mirror says this is the Avengers movie you've been waiting for, and the best film yet in the series. Though the infamous fight between Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) was a huge draw for Age of Ultron, Tony Stark's fight with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) will be much more entertaining and memorable.
This film won't be a generation-defining movie like Citizen Kane or Fight Club, but it doesn't try to be.
The fight between these two superheroes has been boiling to a head for years now. With the line "everything special about you came out of a bottle," Iron Man showed Captain America how little he really values him as an ally back in The Avengers.
The Captain America: Civil War reviews all agree that Spider-Man was finally done right, though his inclusion isn't for the same reason as the comics. Wired claims that Tom Holland's Peter Parker manages to steal the scene every time he's in it, in true comic book fashion.
Even the inclusion of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) was a welcome change of pace, another point which all of the Captain America: Civil War reviews agree on, and even hinted at a possible crossover with Netflix's Luke Cage. This and the appearance of Agent Peggy Carter are just as welcome as when Clark Gregg came back as Agent Coulson in Agents of SHIELD, alongside the rare cameo from Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury.
As many fans already know, Iron Man and Captain America have almost completely changed who they are as a result of their past revelations. Tony Stark is now taking responsibility for what he's done, and Steve Rogers is now fighting the government. However, the animosity between them has only grown.
Our Captain America: Civil War review is here - but is it Marvel's best yet? https://t.co/q1DOJoIph5The Guardian's Captain America: Civil War review points out that as late in the film as they arrive, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Spider-Man bring a level of humor which counters the serious tone of the film by that point. There is also the hint that something about Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) may have been used from the beginning to create problems for the Avengers. To say what it is might be considered a spoiler.
— The Independent (@Independent) April 20, 2016
While the film did a few things similar to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, by the end it was an enjoyable film with that trademarked Marvel feel. Also much like DC's latest film, you can feel free to agree with the reviews, or see Captain America: Civil War for yourself on May 6 and form your own opinion.
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