In the Marvel cinematic universe, Captain America has set the standard among Marvel films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier set the bar high among all comic book films. However, even that has been outdone by Captain America: Civil War. The Russo Brothers know how to navigate comic book material, in addition to working with a large group of A-List actors. Characters old and new get their chance to bask in the spotlight. New characters are ushered in with ease as nothing feels forced about seeing new superheroes and new powers. This is a lot of factors to work with but the Russo Brothers have this down to a science.
Captain America: Civil War takes place right after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) return with new recruits Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The new Avengers line up gets tasked for a mission in Lagos, Nigeria. The mission is botched due to unforeseen circumstances and the Avengers are in deep doo-doo. The U.S. Department of Defense enlists the help of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to reel in the Avengers in order to regulate their behavior and curb global collateral damage. Stark and Rogers don't see eye to eye on this new compromise, but when Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) gets involved, that's when things go awry. With that, Civil War begins.
Right from the start, Captain America: Civil War brings the action, but also manages to tell a coherent story. First, the fight sequences are well choreographed. Sure, most of the actors are using stunt doubles, but that doesn't take away from the visual spectacle. The story obviously left out heavy hitters Thor and The Hulk, but they weren't missed. The addition of Spider-Man (Tom Holland), didn't feel forced upon the audience like in previous movies. His appearance felt natural. It was a good idea for Marvel to go back to basics with Spider-Man to remind fans why he is such a beloved character.
Black Widow is long overdue for her own solo film. She's a character that consistently waits in limbo for, I don't know, a solo movie. She's the ugly step child of Marvel. The character has been left out of toys and marketing campaigns. Marvel is making no effort to make it up to the character. According to Screen Rant, rumor has it that the Russo Brothers are considering making a Black Widow film. If this information turns out to be true, and Marvel stays committed, that will be a major win for the studio and fans alike.
The introduction of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), made me wish his character appeared when the Marvel cinematic universe was being established. Thankfully, his origin and insertion into the Avengers team flowed seamlessly. The costume, the accent, and his fighting skills meshed well together to give Black Panther fans an on-screen personification of a well-rounded character.
Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are in-tune with the pulse of the Captain America source material. They understand how to translate that to the big screen. What makes their films a set above the rest is they know how to balance action, and dialogue without making one or the other seem heavy handed. The Russo brothers give the audience just what they need. It is good to know they are down with the Marvel cinematic universe for the long haul.
Overall, Captain America: Civil War is an awesome film to help kick off the next phase of Marvel cinematic entertainment. The actors are comfortable in their roles, and everyone knows what is expected of them. This isn't just about watching a movie, Captain America: Civil War is an experience to behold. Make sure you don't miss it!