Captain America: Civil War (2016)
After a terrorist takedown that left several people dead in Africa, the United Nations, along with the United States, is calling for a regulating body to put the Avengers in check. Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) and many others are on board, but Captain America (Chris Evans) doesn’t agree. When the African leader who called for the Avengers to be regulated is assassinated by the Winter Soldier, the Avengers split even further, but things might not be as they appear when Cap learns of more subjects in the Winter Solder project and that Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is innocent.
Due to the high volume of characters, some might argue that Captain America Civil War is really an Avengers movie in disguise, but I think with the continuation of the Winter Soldier story and the absence of Thor, Hulk and a lot of color, Civil War really is a Captain America movie. Does it really matter? Nope, but I just wanted to point it out.
For those of you worried that this movie will be depressing and negative throughout, it really isn’t. Sure, Iron Man and Captain America are on opposite sides, but when it comes to fighting the real enemy, they share a common vision (which isn’t really that important.) The story of Civil War gives off the same vibe that The Dark Knight did because as much as the heroes want a peaceful and happy resolution, we have to go through gloom to get there. You will understand more of what I mean when the movie comes to a close.
The action and characters are what we have come to expect from the countless number of Marvel movies and that isn’t a bad thing at all! The humor is there as usual, and I was pleased with how Spider-man is integrated with the rest. He is down to Earth and adds plenty of humor. It did feel weird watching a movie with no true bad guy because Baron Zemo is not a flashy villain. In fact, it is hard to tell exactly who he is and what he is after. He isn’t like Thor and Ultron. He is a regular guy, and that was a letdown for me, but the real focus is on the heroes fighting each other anyways. This is definitely not one to skip.
At the end of the day, Winter Soldier is the better movie because of the cerebral aspect, but Civil War keeps the progression of the universe moving along and takes us on a new path that I’m interested to see where it will take us! Now, to see what Thor is up! Co-starring Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Bruhl, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Frank Grillo, Jeremy Renner, Marisa Tomei, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, and William Hurt.
8/10 Stars – Might not be as good as Winter Soldier, Civil War takes what we know and love about Marvel and pits it against each other!