Marvel Studios presents Captain America Civil War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America The Winter Soldier) and written by Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America The First Avenger, Captain America Winter Soldier). Civil War is the third film in Marvel’s Captain America film series and the thirteenth film produced by Marvel Studios, a studio that keeps elevating the superhero/comic book genre with every release.
Though the series is Captain America, many of the Avengers are also featured in Civil War. Some may argue that inclusion of so many characters makes Civil War more like Avengers 2.5, but what makes Civil War specifically a Captain America film is the protagonist. Though Tony Stark/Iron Man gets an equal amount of screen time to Steve Rogers/Cap, it is Captain America’s actions that actually drive the story.
Captain America Civil War uses the idea of these films being all connected in that the actions taken are a result of a culmination of events from the previous films. In the first Avengers, the team fought off an alien invasion with New York as the battleground. Washington D.C. had 3 helicarriers dropped into a river in Captain America The Winter Soldier. Then in Age of Ultron, a whole chunk of a city was dropped in the nation of Sekovia. Every one of these events resulted in immense property damage and a catastrophic loss of life. As a result, the United Nations are putting forth a measure, called the “Sekovia Accords,” that will legally restrict the Avengers from performing deeds that could result in more catastrophes. When then team is informed of this, their individual opinions on the “Accords” divide them. This division is why the film is called Civil War.
While the “Sekovia Accords” is the thing that begins the actual division, the plot really centers on the Winter Soldier (Captain America’s friend Bucky). Because of the terrible acts committed by The Winter Soldier, several parties either want him brought in or want him dead. The conflict arises as Iron Man’s team wants to bring Winter Soldier to justice, whereas Captain America’s team wants to protect Bucky.
A film titled Civil War has got to have lots of action, and this film delivers. While there are several action scenes (each one memorable) spread throughout the film, the scene that steals the movie is what is being advertised in trailers: Team Iron Man vs Team Captain America. This battle is the civil war that pits friend against friend and hero against hero as each leader recruits individuals for the rumble to end all rumbles. The battle is the equivalent of a comic book double spread splash page, which is why the Russo brothers shot the scene for Imax. While nothing is lost by watching the battle on a regular cinema screen, an Imax screen truly showcases the scope of this epic.
Returning characters and actors are Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch/Wanda Maximoff), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Paul Rudd (The Ant-Man). Heroes joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time are Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up) as The Black Panther and Tom Holland (The Impossible, In the Heart of the Sea) as Spider-Man.
Captain America Civil War does have a PG-13 rating for violence and strong language, but the film doesn’t have anything that should deter anyone of any age from seeing the movie. The film does do a very good job of giving exposition within the first 30 minutes or so by explaining a lot of the background but I will say that because the plot is a result of a culmination of events, the effect of the film will be more powerful having seen at least the last 2 Captain America films and both Avengers films. That being said, there are many theaters on Thursday May 5th that will be playing a Captain America Movie Marathon before showing Civil War.
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