Captain America: Civil War
May 17, 2016
After the catastrophes that occurred in Avengers 1, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Avengers 2, the United Nations have now initiated the Sokovia Accords, where they will be able to regulate the Avengers and their actions.
Civil War brings to light the consequences, both negative and positive, that affect the world the Avengers scour. Steven Rogers, known as Captain America (Chris Evans), sees the Accords as something that threatens the freedom of his fellow Avengers, as well as his rogue friend, Bucky (Sebastian Stan), also known as the Winter Soldier.
The Captain’s main opponent in the Civil War, and the one to suggest the Accords, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), also known as Iron Man, reacts out of immense guilt and a desperate need to take responsibility for the deaths he and the Avengers have caused.
Civil War may be the most emotionally fueled Marvel movie yet, though it does rely a lot on the audience to have seen the previous movies as well.
The movie does do well in providing enough context, but having that previous knowledge of important events from the previous films does help understanding this dire strife.
As tensions continue to rise throughout the story, the torn Avengers begin to form their teams and fight for what both of them believe is the right thing.
Stark manages to gain the allegiance of new characters Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Whereas Rogers rallies up Ant Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and others.
The most compelling aspect of Civil War is the colliding morals of both sides, this movie manages to balance the morally ambiguous differences and struggles of both sides.
Rogers wants freedom and privacy for his superpowered friends, while Stark wants the world to trust the Avengers, and not feel they are unpredictable and destructive vigilantes.
One of the newest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man, has a complicated history with the character’s movie rights between studios. Sony Picture Studios were the ones to most recently own the rights to Spider Man, and made the Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.
Spider-Man has been now rebooted and recasted 3 times in the past decade, and only now, Marvel has been given the rights to Spider-Man to incorporate him into their Cinematic Universe.
Spider-Man’s role is brief in Civil War, but the movie acknowledges this and has valid reason for it, with Stark needing more muscle to stop Captain Rogers.
Black Panther (Boseman) plays a more significant and morally torn character, who is looking to avenge his father.
The movie is long, clocking in around 2 1/2 hours, but the film fills each minute with an engaging story, interesting confrontations between characters, and well choreographed and heart-pounding fight scenes.
Captain America: Civil War leaves the audience emotionally torn, but still eager for the future of the Avengers movies.