It has been somewhat over a decade since the MCU started up with Iron Man back in 2008. But after several great times (and a few mishaps), Marvel has finally come through with their biggest movie yet: Captain America: Civil War is here and fans all over the world are feeling the excitement. And as everyone is aware, this is the start of the MCU Phase 3 series of films. In a way, Captain America: Civil War is also considered by some to be another Iron Man movie while the character's solo film trilogy ended three years ago with Iron Man 3. And with this being an aftermath to both Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Civil War is said to bring everything full circle for both Iron Man and Captain America while setting the stage for the 2018/19 epic Avengers: Infinity War.
After the traumatic events in Sokovia, Captain America (Chris Evans) continues to lead the New Avengers in their efforts to protect humanity. But after another international incident results in collateral damage involving the Avengers, the pressure of governmental interference escalates to create a system of accountability to register superhuman activity. In light of this act, the Avengers are fractured into two factions: one led by Cap who stands against the regulation of the new act, while the other team is led by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) who is surprisingly supporting the regulation. And all the while, the stage becomes clear as a mysterious new foe emerges.
There is so much to talk about here. First of all, my opinion: I LOVED this movie!!! It is now among my top favorite MCU movies behind Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and both Avengers movies. This one takes everything that came before in the MCU to the next level and everyone is just at each other's neck. It was so great seeing such iconic and familiar heroes (and some newcomers) going up against each other. As one of my most anticipated movies of 2016, this movie met all my expectations and even took my expectations to a higher level for future MCU films (such as November's Doctor Strange) to follow.
Now the film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who took the character of Captain America to a better and higher level in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now that we are at the third film for Captain America, the Russo brothers prove that once again they can make an excellent superhero movie that blows everybody away (something that 2008's The Dark Knight and 2012's The Avengers also did during their runs). But this Marvel movie totally surpasses all the others because of the Russo brothers' excellent direction in storytelling and character development and continuing the story of one of Marvel's most iconic characters ever put on screen. This is something that they will (hopefully) continue to do in 2018/19 when Avengers Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 hit the screen in a few short years.
In this movie, there is an interesting turn. While in each of these movies, we see an individual hero (or heroes) go up against a big villain who plots to destroy them or take over the world. Only this time, the heroes go up against each other all under the conditions of the new governmental movement to register the heroes (read the Civil War storyline to see how it happened in the comics). But in a way, this film resembles around relationships between each character in this movie. It brings everything that they know about each other and what they know is coming to the core. I found this so appealing to have everything brought to the core.
Now in terms of characters, we see a whole slew of familiar faces such as Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Sebastian Stan, William Hurt, Don Cheadle Anthony Mackie and Paul Bettany, who still own their roles perfectly. And there is such a great handful of newcomers such as Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Daniel Bruhl (Helmut Zemo). Now while there are some characters who are only in this one to build to their own future solo movies, there are some characters who are just in because the filmmakers just wanted them to be in it (which I get).
I gotta talk about Spider-Man here. Seeing that they included Spider-Man in this film, it gave me a fresh scent that pushed aside what we have seen before with the character. This is the third incarnation of the character. And I have to say that Tom Holland totally owns it. He was so great. He was a better Spider-Man than Andrew Garfield was a few years ago. And Holland is signed on for a few films in the MCU.
Now for Black Panther. His scenes were just brilliant. Played by Chadwick Boseman, T'Challa/Black Panther was just perfect. He is the prince of Wakanda and what motivates him (in my Spoiler filled review) to side with Stark really was intriguing. Boseman is also set to reprise the role in his own solo film in 2018. A great character played by Boseman and I can't wait to see where they take him in the next few films.
As for Daniel Bruhl as Helmut Zemo, he was an alright villain. While Bruhl is a great actor, he can play a pretty decent villain. Seeing him in this film was pretty cool. What motivates him to do his plan was so shocking and surprising all at the same time and it totally got me in the chest. While Zemo is not as high as Ultron, Thanos or Loki, he still qualifies as a pretty decent addition to the rogues gallery in the MCU.
The action in this film was blown all the way to the rooftop!!! From the beginning all the way to the climax, the movie had me entertained with so much action everywhere. But my all-time fave scene from this one is the airport fight scene where each hero gets a chance to show off his/her power. And it was also interesting to see them fight throughout the entire facility and it was so much fun watching it. This sequence had a smile on my face throughout every waking minute of it.
So all in all, Captain America: Civil War is downright the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movie EVER!!! It was fun, exciting, emotional and thrilling all wrapped into one. The cast was great, the direction and story was great and everything that was to set up Phase 3 was just brilliant. (More in the Spoiler filled review)
What are your guys' thoughts? Which team are you?