I want to clarify right now, I absolutely loved Captain America: Civil War. From a cinematic standpoint it was incredible. I have finally gotten over that this movie is nothing like its comic book counterpart. The MCU has had many franchises and are pretty much giving their heavy hitters trilogies. Cap’s has by far been the best with sequels that are better than the first. This movie may have looked like Avengers 3, but it was very much the conclusion to the Winter Soldier story arc started in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As with every film, I suspend my disbelief to get enveloped in the story. They are superhuman powered beings after all. I still can’t get over a few major plot holes in the film. Stop now if you have not seen the movie.. because.. well… spoilers dummy.
1. Where was vision during the movie’s opening mission?
Vision is by far the most powerful of the Avengers behind the HULK. Scarlett Witch is a close third. He is even worthy of wielding Thor's hammer! If vision had been there when Crossbones went to blow himself up, he would’ve been able to help Scarlett Witch contain it without causalities. Which leads to my next issue.
2. Why is Scarlett Witch wrong for what she did?
Yes Scarlett Witch made a mistake by lifting the blast and blowing up a building killing about a dozen people. Did anyone notice the hundreds gathered around the Cap VS Crossbones fight on the street? If anything, Wanda saved a ton more lives by doing what she did. A dozen vs possibly hundreds including Captain America. Being a superhero means making the tough call for the greater good.
3. Is General Ross suffering from memory loss?
General, er, Secretary of the State, Thunderbolt Ross, has a pretty little montage highlighting the carnage and death caused the Avengers since its formation and why the Sokovia Accords is happening. Did he magically forget the nuclear missile order during the battle of New York? One that could have wiped out millions? I am going to say the Avengers did great to limit the carnage to what it was. I am also fairly certain that SHIELD was a government organization during Captain America 2. Those events are on the US government for allowing HYDRA to infiltrate for years upon years. Way before the Avengers even formed. The Ultron mess? That is on Tony Stark who acted alone. I find it hard to blame the Avengers for any of it. I do understand public perception, blah blah blah, but there could have been more done to support the UNs case for the accords.
4. Is Scott Lang an idiot?
The heart and soul of AntMan was the fact that Lang was trying to free himself of his criminal past to be able to see his daughter again. He became a hero and bam, he is back in the good graces of his ex-wife. Why on earth would he just jump at the chance to become a criminal again by siding with Captain America? Did he and Flacon really bond that much to where they are on a favor basis? He pretty much threw away his daughter for this. It seems to undo what his solo outing was all about. Did the wasp not want to tag along? Speaking of recruiting for sides.
5. Are we supposed to ignore Agents of SHIELD and the Netflix heroes?
The sides are stacking up and recruiting. Cap pulls Hawkeye out of retirement and has him retrieve Scarlett Witch. Tony elects to go grab a 16 year old kid who has only been in the superhero game about 5 months. If Tony knew about Parker, you cannot begin to convince me he knows nothing about fellow New Yorkers Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Punisher, and Luke Cage. I can see them telling Stark to piss off, but to not even make mention or attempt? Even Xmen: First Class got a “Fuck Off” from Wolverine during its recruitment montage. Tony’s logic was going with an unseasoned, untrained kid versus a martial arts master who has been in the game for years. You can tell me that SHIELD is a shadow organization, but with all the publicity over inhumans and their public encounters, no one from the Avengers has figured out ‘ol Phil is still alive and leading the very organization that brought them together? The film completely disregards this part of the MCU and it makes zero sense.
6. How did Zemo’s plan actually work?
Zemo started his plan in motion after Sokovia and the events of Age of Ultron. How could he possibly know the Sokovian Accords would split the team? His plan was to find the Winter Soldier and use him to split the Avengers by revealing that Bucky killed Tony’s parents. The accords starting the divide were inexplicably convenient. Not to mention his plan hinged on Bucky and Cap finding him at the abandoned outpost. Oh, and Tony was supposed to figure everything out and rush to where Cap and Bucky were so that he could see the tape of his parents being murdered. A tape that was produced because there was a random back road security camera placed exactly where the Starks were run off the road. After all of it, how could he possibly know the Avengers enough to think they would choose sides? His entire plan was to cause a rift between Cap and Tony.
7. Why didn’t Tony pull out the Hulkbuster Armor?
Tony built a special contingency suit to handle HULK sized matters. He pulled it out during Age of Ultron, but left it on the shelf when Scott Lang decided to go Giant Man on us? It would have leveled the playing field for sure if Tony had just gone with his most powerful Armor. He called it in from a remote location before, so the “leaving it home” excuse won’t work here.
Aside from these obvious plot issues, I loved the movie. It was fast paced and suspenseful. I wish they used a death to really show the carnage of the fallout, but I guess we will have to settle for broken Rhoadie. Civil War ranks up there as one of Marvel's best for me. Have any plot holes I missed? Disagree? Agree? Wanna argue? Post below!