The Marvel Civil War is one of the most beloved comic book events in all of comics. When you have a legacy like that, it’s hard to believe that any movie version of the events could ever compare. Captain America: Civil War more than lives up to the legacy, it is one of the best Marvel movies to date. It’s not to say that the movie is perfect, it’s not, but this movie is fun and exciting. For now, let’s start with a quick synopsis of the movie. If you would like to avoid spoilers, skip to the last paragraph. This will not be a spoiler-free review; though I will try to make it as spoiler-free as possible, I will slip up on a few minor details.
The movie starts, with the Avengers battling a terrorist group. Events get out of control and civilians die because of it making the UN bring the Sokovia Accords to the Avengers. The Sokovia Accord would put the Avengers under the supervision of a UN council.
The movie’s first act is well written with many new characters coming out. Every character’s motivations, towards the Sokovia Accords, were understood and logical for that character. For newish characters, we have Crossbones, and Sharon Carter, who were both in Captain America Winter Soldier. Crossbones, aka Alexander Pierce, played the role of the instigating factor that fought Captain America at the beginning. Sharon Carter is the niece of Peggy Carter and serves as Captain America’s love interest. The two are brought in quick and are explained quickly, which helps a lot since they could have easily been thirty minutes of the movie. This film also is when Wakanda fully emerges in the MCU and brings in T’Challa the Black Panther. The first act ends with a fight and chase between Black Panther, Bucky, and Captain America.
Act 2 begins with Bucky being arrested, while Cap, and Panther getting brought in for violating the Sokovia Accord. Most of act 2 is devoted to bringing together two teams to fight at the end. Hawkeye makes his first appearance in the film to get Wanda away from Vision. Hawkeye also goes to recruit Scott Lang, aka Ant-man. While Cap is getting his team, Tony goes to Queens and gets the hero known as Spider-Man from aunt Sony, I mean May. While Black Widow recruits T’Challa, and nearly gets into a fight with his bodyguard. The sides were set; on one, we had Ant-man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Winter Soldier and Captain America. On the other side, we have Spider-Man, Black Widow, Vision, War Machine, Black Panther, and Iron Man. The fight starts, and it is indescribable. The airport scene is one of the best fight scenes I have ever seen in a movie.
At the end of Act 2, Cap and Bucky steal a jet and fly away from the larger battle. This begins Act 3. Throughout act two, Cap tries to tell Tony about a man known as Helmut Zemo. In Act 3, Tony figures out that Cap isn’t lying about Zemo and goes to try to help Captain America. It doesn’t go as planned. Without telling you why, because of spoilers, I will say that the group starts fighting again and it ends with Tony bitter and angry at Cap. This is where the movie loses points; it felt that the whole act was a little shallow. I still don’t understand what Zemo wanted. Did he want the Avengers dead or just pulled apart? I probably would have rather them just continue with the registration storyline.
There is a lot more to this film, but I’m going to end by speaking about the two new significant characters. Spider-Man and Black Panther are some of the best parts of this movie. Spider-Man is young, and they didn’t go into his storyline much. I like that though since he does have a movie coming soon, and we have already seen his origin many times. His fighting was fast, lots of web-slinging and lots of talking. I have high expectations for his film. Black Panther is also done extremely well. While he is not as well known as Spider-Man, to a general audience, his introduction was easy, and he was a complete badass the entire movie.
Final verdict, the first two acts make up for the third act easily. There are things I can’t overlook. The lack of depth for the villain, the overlooked fact that it should have dawned on someone that if the heroes didn’t get involved things would have been worse, and that many events that were scaring the public were brought on by someone other than the heroes. I figured they would at least put the arguments out there. They also have two romantic subplots that don’t go anywhere. Also, they were going to New York, why didn’t they pick up Daredevil. This movie is where he would have made the most difference story wise.
The airport fight scene more than makes up for all the negatives of the film. That and the writing throughout the movie was well done. In addition, General Ross coming back to the MCU, as long as he is around, I have my hope for a Thunderbolts movie. I could mention more, but I think I’ll end it here.
Everything considered I have to give this an 8/10. If they used different events to justify the registration I might give it a 9/10, but they used three major events and one minor event. Two of the major events were not the Avengers fault in any way. Everything considered this film is easily a must see movie. It is a fun movie with a lot of action and a good amount of humor.