ByDaniel English, writer at Creators.co
The Exploits and Adventures of a guy who loves Pixar and Marvel on a journey to becoming an Orlando-Floridian filmmaker. You think you know what I can do? Then, you ain't seen nothing yet!

On my birthday back in 2015, when I saw "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in theaters and left the theater, I was excited after seeing the ending knowing what to expect for what many people are saying is the greatest superhero movie and Marvel Studios' very best work...


And then, Thursday, July 16th 2015, when I went to a 7:00 screening in IMAX 3D to see "Ant-Man", I was more excited for this movie by the scene after the credits...

But then, articles with production rumors made me have my doubts and that this would be a big disappointment from Marvel. But after some thinking, I decided to put my concerns to rest and see for myself. So, today (or at least, Friday May 6th by the time you're reading this), I went to see "Captain America: Civil War" and..............

I don't like it...

I don't like this movie...at all...

And it just depresses me to say that as a Marvel fan.

But before I get to why, I'm gonna take you back to the beginning...

Captain America: The First Avenger, I haven't seen in a LONG time but to be fair, in retrospective, it was...OK. You just gotta take it seriously compared to the last time Cap was in any movie...

And then, there's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". Oooh boy...

This is...how do I put this? The "Cars 2" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! I kid you not! As a fan of the MCU, I detest this movie as much as Pixar fans do the same to "Cars 2" (which I do enjoy by the way). How come? The dialogue is as boring as "Man of Steel", the writing is the same as my overall opinion on the movie, Black Widow is a flanderized Kim Possible, Alexander Pierce...I'll just let him slide because he IS a villain and any note I'd have on him would be considered nitpicks and the morals are...true on some levels but rancid nonetheless.

Which brings us to today with "Captain America: Civil War", as a movie by itself, it's a step up from 'The Winter Soldier' but as a Marvel movie? Let's just see...


Oh! And just to warn you, there WILL be spoilers! So, if you haven't seen this movie, do NOT read this article!



Lemme just say right now, that I can see where this movie could've been faithful to the comic book storyline they were adapting (with a few differences here and there; i.e. Sokovia Accords instead of SHRA, no F4 or X-Men, characters having more humanity, not as much blood, carnage, etc.), bigger than "Avengers: Age of Ultron", a 'Captain America' movie and forever change the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the same time.


Actually, to be honest, I actually would've changed the ending. I'll go over other things I didn't like about this movie later.


Instead of Cap leaving The Avengers, telling Tony that he deserves to lead them and going into hiding, he should've surrendered himself to Secretary Ross in exchange that they let Falcon, Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Hawkeye and Scarlet With go and don't hunt down Black Widow only to be assassinated by Col. Helmut Zemo with said characters, Agent 13, Tony, T'Challa, Spider-Man, Vision and Col. Rhodes grieving over it. Then, it would be Falcon, Winter Soldier and Spider-Man leading The Avengers in "Avengers: Infinity War". Also, I would've had the mid-credits scene be Stan Lee picking up Captain America's shield or maybe some set up for Zemo in future Marvel movies and the after credits scene be a set up for "Thor: Ragnarok" where Heimdall tells Thor that he's found the Hulk (kinda like the bonus 'Cap 3' lead-in scene in "Ant-Man"). Speaking of Stan Lee, his cameo in this movie was fine but it doesn't hold a candle to The Winter Solider, Deadpool or "Big Hero 6".



As for the rest of the plot...it was fine. But, with a few flaws within the plot in mind, that's not really saying much. What I will say is that there are some parts to the plot I really like such as Tony's interaction with Peter Parker (and Tony referring to how hot Aunt May was.) and Sam and Bucky's reaction to Steve and Sharon sharing a kiss.


One thing I will give this movie credit for is being released during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections because of some candidates (whom I'm not going to name out of courtesy) who use the same stuff that Tony did in the movie (when he was giving his reasons for supporting the Accords)...


But, the ending where Steve breaks his friends out of The Raft and Tony not listening to Secretary Ross not only didn't make sense but also left me with perplexing questions. Even the Mid-Credits scene (or should I say, Bonus "Black Panther" lead-in scene) did the latter to me. Mostly with whether or not we'll see Bucky again (be it either in the "Black Panther" movie or in "Avengers: Infinity War") or if he gets a new robotic arm after Tony blasted it off of him (which shouldn't have happened in the movie either). As for the ending, it does make me question if we'll see William Hurt reprise his role in the future and be all pissy in 'Infinity War' or another Marvel movie like "Spider-Man: Homecoming". I will also give them credit for having the rest of the plot easier to follow than "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice". And, I'm glad they downplayed the sitcom banter (which was a problem for me with "Avengers: Age of Ultron" but not enough to peeve my enjoyment of that film). Another problem is that other than Steve and Sam at the funeral for Peggy Carter (if you saw "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" you knew this was coming), there was no emotional investment for me in this movie). But, I will also give the movie credit for not having as much packed in as "Spider-Man 3" or "Amazing Spider-Man 2".

Also, I felt like there should've been a series on Netflix that took place in between "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: Civil War" that establishes Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Vision and War Machine as the roster of Avengers we saw during the ending to 'Ultron'. I know there's a series of comics that does that but I'm not sure if it's still in print or if it was something that was a free giveaway during the Ultimate Marathon at the El Capitan Theater.

As for some of the action sequences, I just felt like the beginning was something out of a live-action 1990's kid's movie (though that's probably nitpicking) and let's be honest, Crossbones DID deserve to die for getting under Cap's skin in both this and 'Winter Soldier'. And am I the only one who thought of the big fight scenes in the "Anchorman" movies when the airport battle came up? But I will say that the rest of the action scenes (minus part of the final act that I mentioned earlier) are pretty solid. Though, I felt that the scene where Cap and Falcon were chasing after Black Panther and Bucky in Italy reminded me too much of the Escape from the Triskelion in 'Winter Soldier'.

As for the characters...

There's Captain America whom we've known since July of 2011 (as in, in these movies of course. So, I'm not gonna go into too much detail about 'some' of the recurring characters). I can understand his reasons for going against the Accords (I myself am on Team Cap as far as conflict goes but for other reasons I'm on Team Iron Man) and how he's wanting to protect Bucky and clear his name (after he *SPOILERS* was accused of blowing up the building in Vienna where the Accords were becoming official). But, in the end I had a hard time liking him after what he did to Iron Man. And whether or not that he'll be in "Black Panther" or that he'll take back his shield in "Infinity War"? Who Knows?!?

Speaking of which, I really liked how Tony Stark carried out his character arc (even after "Iron Man 3"). I also understood his relationship with Secretary Ross...

But, like I said, *SPOILERS* the ending where Tony begins ignoring Ross's every message just made no sense to me. Will the Sokovia Accords still be in effect during the rest of Phase 3? Does this make Tony, T'Challa, Vision and Col.Rhodes criminals like how Team Cap was? Also, with the petty set-up given to Ross in the end, it kinda makes me think that he's the new (and extreme) J.Jonah Jameson.

There's Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier whom I'm glad to see in this movie whenever he's not trying to kill everyone. Too bad it's undecided if we'll see him again anytime soon.

Black Panther wasn't that bad but there's another new character I love more that I'll get to later. Also, this might sound like nitpicking but, I kinda sensed some...familiarity in where he was wanting to kill Bucky for what he did to his father (and also where Tony began to attack Bucky for what he did to his parents)...


I SWEAR TO GOD, THAT'S WHAT THE FINAL FIGHT BETWEEN CAP, TONY and BUCKY REMINDED ME OF!!!!!

Moving on, there's Sharon Carter (Peggy Carter's niece) who (as Tony said it best) is unusually attractive. Funny enough, from what I saw of the promotional material, I thought she'd be the boring and uninteresting love interest but...eh, not really. Though if there's gonna be any more romance between her and Steve Rogers in "Avengers: Infinity War", I'd be interested (just in the romance I mean, I'll explain later).

Another character that I wanted to see more of in this movie and my favorite in it (and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (right up there with Star-Lord and 2 others I'll get to later))is none other than Peter Parker also known as Spider-Man! If I had to pick a favorite scene in this movie, it'd be EVERY TIME THAT HE IS IN COSTUME AND ON SCREEN! One little nitpick to get out of the way is that I feel like Tom Holland was going more for the Drake Bell version of Spider-Man in "Ultimate Spider-Man". And after the post-credits scene, I can safely say that I CANNOT wait to see "Spider-Man: Homecoming"!


There's also Black Widow who I FREAKING love! and isn't as much of a copy of Kim Possible like she was the past couple times we saw her, Thank God! Though, with her in hiding, I really do question what will happen to her between 'Civil War' and the 'Infinity War'. And if we get a 'Black Widow' movie after Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be the only Post-Phase 3 Marvel movie, I will want to see.


Another one of my favorite characters in the MCU is Ant-Man, however, unlike his movie (last time we saw him and the last MCU film coincidentally enough), the only line of his that I liked (and my favorite line in the movie) is where he's inside Iron Man's armor and says "I'm your conscience, we haven't talked in a while". Take a GUESS as to where that was from?...

But my biggest problem is where he (along with the rest of Team Cap) get detained in the Raft. It makes me question what Maggie (his ex from the last movie), the police officer she was dating in that film (Sorry, I forgot his name), Cassie and Scott's crew will think of him after the events of this movie. Keep in mind that "Ant-Man" was about Scott redeeming himself after the bad choices he made in his past. And I didn't care much for his Giant-Man transformation either.

There's Col.Helmut Zemo who thankfully has more screen time than Rhino did in "Amazing Spider-Man 2" and unlike Lex Luthor in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", I could understand his plans and motivation more. But when he tried to kill himself at the end, it just made no sense at all. While we're on the subject of Lex Luthor, he and Zemo are practically the same character! Except Zemo isn't as crazy as Lex. Also, ever notice how both this movie and "Batman vs. Superman" are the same movie?!? As for where I'd rank him, I'd have to think about that for a minute. But anyways...

We also have Scarlet Witch and Vision who were actually a romantic couple in the comics (believe it or not) and I was glad to see a little bit of romance bloom between the two. I really do look forward to seeing them become more romantically involved in the future.

http://www.people.com/article/chris-evans-elizabeth-olsen-address-dating-rumors-ellen-degeneres-show?xid=rss-topheadlines Go Away Captain AmericaxScarlet Witch (Maximogers) shippers!!! GO AWAY!!


But now, we get to the most POINTLESS character in the movie! Hawkeye! Seriously?!? Didn't he retire in the ending to "Avengers: Age of Ultron"?!? And, Oh Yeah...that's right he had a debt to repay to Scarlet Witch. Why? Because of her dead brother?!? That makes...zero sense! Also, yeah...because he fought with Team Cap (and got arrested), his wife Laura will most definitely be pissed at him by the time Hawkeye appears in another Marvel movie (if not the 'Infinity War') and want to divorce him...and take custody of their kids...

So, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF HAWKEYE BEING IN THE MOVIE?!? HELLO?!?!?

I honestly feel very sad to say this but although it has redeeming qualities, "Captain America: Civil War" is a very pointless film that cashes in on "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (which keep in mind, was announced A YEAR before this movie). Dare I say that "Batman v. Superman" is better than this, but that's not really saying much. But in all seriousness, what's the point of the 'Civil War' storyline if you're not going to make it more like the comic?!?

If you're a fan of the Marvel comics (and some of the movies but mostly the comics), I cannot recommend it to you but more to those who really love the Marvel Cinematic Universe (like I do). And the sad part is, the national news announcements of Captain America dying in the "Civil War" comic book story back in 2006/2007 was where I first heard of Captain America. So, a movie adaptation of the "Civil War" story from the Marvel Comics in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would've sounded promising.

I have followed Marvel (loyally in a sense) since my high school graduation and if these are the building blocks to "Avengers: Infinity War" then I will only want part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. Doctor Strange, I'll have to wait and see. And I want no part in what's to come after the Infinity War other than a Black Widow movie.

As a movie by itself: 5/10

As a Marvel movie, I'm not going to give it a rating. A movie that depresses me, and makes me feel betrayed (with Infinity War being salt on the wound) doesn't deserve a rating as a Marvel movie. The only Phase 3 movies I will be willing to watch are like I said Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor 3 and that's it.

Previews I saw: I'm not in the mood to talk about them.

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