Captain America: Civil War served as a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and put a new perspective on the traditional superhero movie. The film pitted Captain America against Iron due to disagreements among the heroes in regards to the government’s involvement with their actions. Their disagreements leads to coalitions forming under each of the two leaders, which results in war. The third Captain America film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, gave viewers characters with depth, a great story, and visually gripping action scenes that helped this installment in the MCU rise above many of its predecessors. Civil War remained true throughout much of the film to its source material, incorporating several key aspects of the comics to the movie. It did a good job referring back to the events of the previous films, which greatly influenced the commencement of the government’s involvement in superhero affairs. The film’s story had great depth and meaning to it, which resulted in it being one of the more serious MCU films. However, this did not stop many of the characters from making jokes and keeping the film lighthearted, even though this movie had less jokes than most MCU films before it.
Befote the release of the film, many believed Civil War would be another Avengers movie, just excluding the Hulk or Thor. However, the Russo brothers did an excellent job of ensuring the focus remains on Captain America throughout the entirety of the film. It was evident this film followed shortly after the events of Winter Soldier, in which Captain America and Falcon are searching for Bucky. Another great aspect of the film was the relationship between Cap and his long lost best friend, which was emphasized throughout the whole film. This helped to give Captain America more depth as a character, which reminded the viewers the fact that there was good reasoning behind his actions.
One thing the film did not lack was emotion. Adequate amount of time was given to explain how each character felt in regards to which side they were to choose, including solid explanations as to why. Several of the best scenes in the first part of the film included the debates and conversations among the Avengers in which sides were taken and rifts began to become visible among the team. Solid writing and acting resulted in great dialogue among the heroes while factions began to form. Throughout the entirety of the film, motives of the heroes remained clear. While each character had a different reasoning behind why they chose to fight their allies, those reasons were understandable from the viewers’ perspective. The writers did a good job of referring back to previous films to emphasize the long-standing relationships and history between the heroes, which made it more difficult to see them fight one another. This was not simply a movie in which superheroes were to fight one another just to display great action scenes and special effects, they were fighting for a purpose. Every character in this film was important to the plot, and each action the characters took influenced the film in some way. Characters who previously weren’t important, like Scarlet Witch for example, were necessary for the plot to live up to its full potential.
Even though Captain America: Civil War was a great film, it still had its flaws, specifically in regards to the movie’s villains. Albeit they were not major flaws to where they negatively impacted the film, the villains’ involvement could have been handled better. Both of the villains, Crossbones and Baron Zemo, were poorly used throughout the movie’s plot. Even though the focus of the movie is on the heroes fighting one another, the villains were still important to the reasoning behind why Captain America took certain actions. However, Crossbones was not utilized as much as expected and Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo disappointed. This adaptation of Baron Zemo differed greatly to the Baron Zemo seen in the comics, especially in regards to the motives behind his actions. Although Baron Zemo’s introduction to the movie provided glimpses of a potentially strong antagonist, he eventually became less important and villainous as time lapsed, resulting in an overall weak villain.
Of all the great aspects of the film, one of the best parts of the film was the incorporation of the new characters, which included Black Panther and Spider-Man. Black Panther’s introduction to the big screen was done seamlessly with the plot of the film to add him to the movie’s already large roster of without skipping a beat. Black Panther served to intensify many action scenes while adding a new feel to the usual Marvel action sequences viewers have now seen for years. While Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther was exceptional, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was borderline perfection. Holland displayed his outstanding acting ability as he gave an amazing Spider-Man performance. Holland’s adaptation as Spider-Man and Peter Parker is the most comic book accurate representation of the web-head to date, as he cracked more jokes than anyone else during one the most pivotal and important scenes in the film. Spider-Man’s famous lightheartedness and quick wit was persistent throughout all of his screen time, which resulted in Tom Holland stealing the show. Not only was Spider-Man the most entertaining character, but he also proved himself to already be a formidable hero with his combat skill, even at such a young age.
Captain America: Civil War delivered to its full potential, kicking off phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a bang. Great action scenes, dialogue, new characters, and an overall entertaining movie experience led to Civil War ranking among the best MCU movies to date. Overall rating: 9/10.