The 13th movie in the line of Marvel Cinematic Universe spectacles has released, and I was lucky enough to get a seat to see Captain America: Civil War.

Starting with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, we were given a glimpse into the complex lives of superheroes involved in corrupt secret government organizations. Back then we were shown something that not many people thought they would ever see, an intelligent political thriller starring Captain America that could stand on its own two feet completely separate from the rest of the MCU.
Last night, we were once again graced by another piece of exemplary story telling in what one would consider a psychological thriller within the MCU. The Russo brothers have found a way to juggle an enormous cast of characters without losing the story and importance of its events. While all of this works and is very well put together, it does still feel very busy. At it’s core this is a Captain America movie not the Avengers 2.5 that we had all expected. The core idea that a team with too much power and no restrictions need to be reined in, is what eventually splits the group.

Tony struggles with the idea of his actions causing harm, someone who isn’t personally familiar with war and currently struggling from PTSD caused by kidnapping in the original Iron Man (2008) and the battle of New York in The Avengers (2012). Cap, who is more of a hardened war vet seems to struggle less with these issues, he understands casualties are a part of the job but still aren’t acceptable. When General Ross approaches the Avengers with the Sokovia Tony has already accepted the terms and is ready to comply, Steve on the other hand feels that the accords might bar the team from being somewhere they are needed or forced to go somewhere they would want to actively avoid. From there the story develops into a well thought out narrative with new characters and passions who all feel like they fit seamlessly into the universe.

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Looking into the things that don’t really work and were a bit of a let down in this film, one glaring thing comes to mind, and it’s that of our shadowy puppet master Zemo. Unfortunately, much like the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, this character feels like a wasted opportunity. I say this because Zemo had such a rich history of enmity with Captain America in the second world war, and it continued on even to this day. Zemo in this case was not a returning Nazi soldier bent on Caps eventual demise but a disgruntled and agitated, albeit intelligent, Sokovia survivor obsessed with vengeance. His goal was to reduce an empire to rubble by forcing itself to implode, destroy itself from the inside and disband. After much thought, its really tough to see how he should have fit early into the movie, and even after understanding his reasoning it still felt a little off in closing out the story. If his existence was only to incite civil war, it worked but it was an unfortunate demotion of a character so dear to many fans. To this end his inclusion seemed necessary, but disconnected, and I’m sure people would probably be scratching their heads about a villain with a sock permanently stuck to his face.

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Lets look at a few of the things that worked, besides 95% of everything. Spider-Man, Peter Parker, the one we deserve that it took so long to get. Our first encounter with Peter sees him enter his apartment and completely pass by Tony flirting with Aunt May. The banter between Tony and Peter is off the charts, bursting with sarcasm and hilarity. His suit while quick to be criticized by fans looked fantastic, his movements and his strength all mimicked what one would expect in an MCU version of this character and in the end everything Spider-Man offered us was on point and satisfactory. Ant-Man has his time in the light and brought some much needed levity to the battle in the airport. We even got an opportunity to watch him explore the range of his size changing powers which was really exciting. If you were to really ask who stole the second act, it would easily be Spider-Man and Ant-Man, these two not only have some amazing scenes but some of the most quotable lines of the movie, also that Empire Strikes Back reference.  Lastly, regarding new characters, Black Panther got his debut and all I can say is that he is perfect.  His sense of honor and duty shines through just like his comic book counterpart and his character progression is a nice addition.

In the end, this movie entertains, and it does it well. It’s smart, fun, serious in the right spots and in the end an all around great movie. I’ll probably be getting in on a few more theater viewings before I bring it home to my current Marvel movie collection.  After all is said and done I’m giving this a solid 4.5/5.

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