“In Captain America: Civil War, an act regulating superhuman activity fractures the Avengers into opposing factions, one led by Steve Rogers and another by Tony Stark.”
So the time is finally here for the next big movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that’s Captain America: Civil War! Marvel movies are always released a week or two early in the UK, but this time I got to see the movie a little bit earlier than that, as I now live in Thailand. Spoilers for this review, the movie is amazing, but don’t worry there will be no spoilers for the actual movie found here.
So Captain America: Civil war is the third move in the Cap trilogy, and although it has pretty much every living thing in it except Thor and Hulk, the movie does remain a Captain America story all the way through, and not ‘Avengers 2.5’ as some may have dubbed it. The Russo brothers do a marvelous job in maintaining the Cap story running, but also giving each character in the movie adequate screen time and they own story arc. The Russo’s also do a phenomenal job with the two new comers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both Black Panther and Spider-Man, and in my humble opinion this is the best on screen Spider-Man we have ever seen. I’ll admit I’m not as familiar with Black Panther as a comic book character, I’ve never read any of the character’s books or stories, but the way he was portrayed in Civil War certainly made me fan, and made me even more excited for his solo movie with Chadwick Boseman playing the titular hero.
The rest of the cast are also fantastic in this movie, with Captain America being the best we have ever seen him, Iron Man also being the best we have ever seen him, and Bucky is also an absolute force. The rest of the supporting cast also do great jobs, with each adding to the story in their own way and driving the plot forward without feeling shoehorned into the movie in any way. The movie also has it’s fair share of comedy and lighter moments that are akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but like the sheer number of characters do not feel shoehorned in just for the sake of having funnier moments. Overall the movie does have a slightly darker feel to it than previous installments, but still has that Marvel flavour especially with the comic relief characters such as Spider-Man and Ant-Man.
The action in this movie is also the best action that I have ever seen in any superhero movie to date, and any movie in general. Not only does that airport scene deliver on every level, there is some really great action all the way through including a scene that is very akin to the stairwell fight scene in season 2 of Daredevil. Marvel have also been very selective in what they have showed us so far in the promotional material, and I can safely say they have not showed as anything in comparison to what this movie offers, they have also been rather clever by selectively removing certain things from certain scenes in the trailer that are slightly different in the final cut of the movie, which was a very pleasant surprise.
Overall, Captain America: Civil War is a phenomenal addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is now my favourite movie in the entire MCU. The directing is phenomenal, the acting is great and the story is so intriguing and compelling with great pacing and no scene feeling shoehorned in. Couple all that with great characters and sublime action and humour, Civil War is a movie that you have to see in the cinema as soon as you possibly can. Oh and like always, there are two post credit scenes you should keep your butts in the seats for.
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