The most anticipated superhero film of the year has finally arrived. Captain America: Civil War is finally here. This film is undoubtly one of Marvel’s most ambitious ventures, it has to act as a sequel to both the Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, two of Marvel’s biggest pieces in its impressive roster, kick off a whole new phase in the Cinematic Universe, balance a dizzying amount of characters, introduce brand new characters, and still manage to be a cohesive movie. With the recent failure of Batman VS Superman, this superhero clash film has a lot to live up to, but can it pull all this off? This review will be spoiler-free, so don’t worry!
Captain America: Civil War sees Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) going head to head after the government wants introduce regulations on the Avengers team. The film stars Marvel’s impressive superhero cast, including Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Emily VanCamp. The film introduces some stellar new cast members and characters, particularly Daniel Brühl, Tom Holland and Chadwick Boseman. The film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who previously directed The Winter Soldier and are set to direct the Avengers: Infinity War films.
We enter Civil War seeing the newly formed Avengers team out in the field, carrying out missions, but this all begins to fall apart when one of these missions goes badly wrong. This act prompts the United Nations to introduce regulations and restrictions on the Avengers team. This controversial new policy sees the team split in two, with Iron Man and Captain America leading the conflicting sides. The film also continues on with Steve’s quest to reunite with his old friend Bucky Barnes, and this really added another level to the film. The film has an excellent plot line; the conflict is a lot more complex than two guys who hate each other punching out (Looking at you, Batman VS Superman). The film has Marvel’s humour but also takes on a darker tone in places, signifying a darker, more serious chapter coming in the Cinematic Universe. The film really develops every character, their motivations for choosing the side they do is explored, and you completely understand why the go down their individual paths. This is the films strength, both sides are protagonists and antagonists, you switch your alliance so many times during the film. You might go into this film supporting Team Cap, but you’ll definitely be on Team Iron Man’s side at least once during the movie. The plot is not only entertaining and well developed but thought provoking too, about the themes of friendship and power, and responsibility.
The film is both a Captain America sequel, and an Avengers sequel. Whilst the Avengers are not perhaps the main focus, they are brilliantly used. This is the Avengers sequel that fans deserve. The Russo brothers are absolutely fantastic at utilising the skills and powers of each character, and how they interact together. The opening scenes of the film, where the Avengers are fighting together, are stunning. Seeing the ways, they come together to fully exploit their powers is amazing, and so rewarding to see. Equally as impressive, is the scenes where the Avengers turn on one another. The airport scene is the set piece of the movie and is absolutely spectacular. Every character is used to the best they can be, everyone gets an opportunity to shine, with some particularly exciting and emotional moments all within this centre-piece. The Russo brothers do this throughout the movie. Not a single character goes to waste in this movie, and this sets the directors in good stead for the upcoming Infinity Wars movie, which is expected to see all the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy unite, with a potential 67 lead characters featuring.
The highlights of the film have to be its new characters. We’re introduced to two brand-new heroes, Black Panther, and the iconic Spiderman, making his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther is new to movie audiences, and the film does a fantastic job of introducing him. He is a major player in the film, and we see all sides of his character. We also see his character develop across the film, and really sets up a brilliant new hero. Everyone is of course familiar with Spiderman, and the film has a lot of fun introducing him. He isn’t the film for too long, but he steals every scene he is in. Tom Holland completely proves himself as Spiderman.
I don’t think I can say too much more about this film without going into spoiler-territory. What I do have to say is this; the film is fantastic, it’s one of Marvels finest. The hype for this film is real, it’s fun, action-packed, enjoyable, thought-provoking, emotional, all in one. This film is one for fans, and for anyone who wants to see a summer blockbuster that is more than just cheap thrills and explosions.
Let us know if you’ll be going to see Civil War! Are you TEAM CAP or TEAM IRON MAN?