Captain America: Civil War?


Although Marvel has managed to pack ten heroes into a single movie, “Captain America: Civil War” still gives Captain America (Chris Evans) more than enough time to shine while adding a few new friends into the Avengers mix.

When yet another Avengers’ mission ends at the cost of innocent lives, the international governments finally have enough. To prevent any more collateral damage, specifically like the carnage caused in New York with Loki, Washington D.C. with Hydra, and most recently in Sokovia with Ultron, 117 countries agree to sign the the Sokovia Accords, an agreement to put the Avengers under the jurisdiction of the United Nations.

This is where the battle begins. Weighed down by the guilt of the lives lost in Sokovia, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) persuades the Avengers to approve the accords. However, Captain America is not persuaded, citing his many experiences with government corruption.

To make matters worse,  evidence of the missing Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)  is found on the day of the accord’s signing, where an explosion kills the Wakandan king. Adamant that his childhood friend, though now a brainwashed super soldier,  is not at fault, Captain America becomes a fugitive from justice to help the Winter Soldier evade capture and prove his innocence.

Ant Man (Paul Rudd) makes his first Avengers appearance as Falcon (Anthony Mackie) reluctantly recruits him for aid on #TeamCaptainAmerica, with the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and the retired Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spiderman (Tom Holland) make their glorious debut on the Marvel silver screen as they side with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Vision (Paul Bettany) on #TeamIronMan to capture the fugitive Avengers.

Although this movie could technically be renamed “Avengers 3,” (I honestly think Iron Man had the same amount, if not a little more, screen time than the Cap,) “Civil War” wows with brilliant fight sequences (although Vision weirdly doesn’t show up 90% of the time,) and wonderful new characters, but  leaves audiences hanging with no definitive ending.

The original comic’s end may have left a bitter taste for Captain America fans, as he completely surrenders when he realizes the Avengers’ civil war has only caused more collateral damage, but it satisfies as a final to a long battle.

The movie, on the the other hand, has no surrendering or even the smallest compromise by either side. By the end, audiences are still left wondering if they were right in picking #TeamIronMan or #TeamCaptainAmerica as Iron Man’s suit is left unable to fight but Captain America gives up his shield.

Despite that, waiting in that 1½ hour line for the 10:30 pm showing on opening night was pretty worth it.  Questions left unanswered from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” about the Winter Soldier’s past and Captain America’s possible love line with Sharon Hill are decently answered.

I’m happy to say Black Panther could not be debuted any better as Chadwick Boseman successfully creates a regal character truly fit to be king.

I am even more happy to say Spiderman is finally a believable high school student (though I question the New York accent.) Tom Holland gives Peter Parker that teenage naive sass and humor the older actors could not quite breathe into the iconic superhero/ He also provides much needed comic relief to  an otherwise heavy and angsty movie (Iron Man was definitely going through his mid-life crisis or something in this story arc.)

“Captain America: Civil War” is movie for anyone who enjoyed its prequels, and a must watch for Black Panther and Spiderman fans as their debut could not be better.