The most mature MCU film to-date, Civil War hits an emotional core with its audience about thought-provoking themes and old friendships trying to survive.
More like Avengers 2.5 disguised as Captain America 3, nevertheless, the Cap is back again and ready to put up a fight. This action-packed blockbuster nails all of the summer highs. Director’s Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Solider) continue to craft Marvel’s expanding universe into a well packaged superhero outing. Civil War also begins the third wave of the MCU, starting eight years ago with the prestigious Iron Man (2008).
This time around a political interference within the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Rogers is wanting to stay vigilant and out of the hands of government contact, while Stark is wanting to keep his superhero pals in check. Tensions arise and friendships are lost. Now, Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson / Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Lieutenant James Rhodes / War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany), Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Scott Lang / Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) must choose a side.
Team Cap or Team Iron Man? I’ll let you find out who chooses who. No spoilers here. Newcomers, Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland excel as Black Panther and Spider-Man. Boseman is fierce and strong as the vigilant panther, while Holland steals the show during the airport battle as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! All of the writing deepens throughout the film and so do our characters. Blood for blood, Rogers and Stark will stop at no cost for their moral composition. Grand choreographed fight scenes mixed with resonant humor throughout.
Civil War stays fun and smart from beginning to end, unlike BvS which failed to deliver satisfaction earlier this Spring. If this is the Russo Bros response to superhero fatigue, then we are in good hands for future films to follow. Double-down on the storytelling with resonant characters followed by eye-popping effects and you have Civil War. This superhero extravaganza surely will cleanse your palette, as Civil War comes and conquers the 2016 summer blockbuster marathon. This film hits you where it hurts and messes with your Marvel subconscious. Captain America: [about Bucky] “He's my friend.” Iron Man: “So was I.”
Captain America: Civil War is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem.