Over three decades, we've been getting more serious Superhero movies. I'll go out on a limb to say that Tim Burton's Batman started something that still resonates on how we, the audience, see superhero movies. At the turn of the millennium they've starting growing in numbers and it's been eight years since we got our first glimpse of the start of an entire cinematic universe, spanning a whopping 13 films, including the latest entry, Captain America: Civil War.
Fans of the comic-book event might, or not, appreciate the difference in tone, as the plot is severely changed. This time Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) is going head-to-head with Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), over whether The Avengers should, or not, have the United Nations oversee their actions, with a panel of the U.N. deciding where and how they should intervene, under the Sokovia Accord.
Stark is for this, as he thinks that after all the destruction they've left behind it's time to be held accountable by a higher power. Cap is against the Sokovia Accord, as he believes that the people overseeing them have their own agendas and wants to be free to help whomever he wants and not who they tell them to.
Both parties make very good points regarding their take of positions, leaving most of the team in a relatively grey area, but each one has to take a stand.
To add more fun to this whole situation, a bombing goes off during the signing of the Accords, killing King T'Chaka, leaving his son T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in charge of avenging his father. After the bombing, it is released to the public that Bucky (Sebastian Stan) was involved, turning this storm into a hurricane.
There's definitely a lot going on in the nearly three hours of film. Ideals are discussed and fought, friendships are put into question and egos clash. That's what makes Civil War somewhat great. The introduction of two new characters, Black Panther and the long-awaited Spider-Man (Tom Holland), make sure to keep you on your toes, not knowing what to expect. On top of that all, there's a whole lot of stunt work from beginning to end.
The action is solid and varied, with an interesting car-bike chase (brought to you by Harley-Davidson and Audi!), reminiscent of the Bourne chases, and the comedic tone is toned down, though an occasional tension breaker does make it's way, even if the time and the place isn't the most appropriate.
On the downside, introducing Spider-Man felt forced and not as meant to be as one could wish. Don't get me wrong, it's great to see the web-slinger in action, but I'm sure his appearance could've felt a bit more organic. With only around 25 minutes of screen-time, he's nothing more than a glorified cameo. And we get to meet the new Aunt May!
There's also the relative problem of a million things on-screen, which can be hard to keep up. The great battle between both sides of this war, shown repeatedly in the trailers, is the one where you need to pay most attention, as this is a 10-person Rumble match.
All in all, Captain America: Civil War doesn't disappoint, but holds back on certain things we've seen in Captain America: Winter Soldier. For those who felt disappointed with Avengers: Age of Ultron, this will make up for it and you'll find that Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get as crazy as ever, with Doctor Strange coming out later this year.
Best superhero movie ever? Maybe not. Biggest superhero movie ever? Definitely!