by: Dallas Thompson
On Tuesday night, May 3rd, Relive the Magic got the chance to see a screening of Captain America: Civil War. I have seen this film a few times now, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the most ambitious installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. After taking a few days to think about the film and process each character and the story, I am able to finally offer my full review on the film. Since not everyone has had the chance to see the film, I am going to keep that in perspective and respect that in this review. This will remain mostly spoiler-free.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you should know that something has Captain America and Iron Man fighting, and more explicitly, almost all of The Avengers, including some new faces. If you're new to the Superhero or comic book scene, you may be confused as to why they are fighting. The main, advertised reason is because of The Sokovia Accords. The accords state that The Avengers, and all superheroes, act under the governments of the World. Iron Man is for the accords, Captain America is against them. But throughout the film, tensions rise and more is revealed, eventually causing some incredible and emotional fight scenes.
This installment of the Captain America trilogy has every Avenger besides Thor and Hulk, including the new characters from Avengers: Age of Ultron - Scarlett Witch and Vision. Scarlett Witch and Vision are portrayed perfectly and their abilities and strengths are given much more attention than expected. But, in my opinion, I think newcomer, Tom Holland, who plays the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spiderman stole the show. He only had ten or so minutes of screen time, but he was the best part of every scene he was in. His character was hilarious, and the chemistry with Stark was incredible. Speaking of which, Bucky (The Winter Soldier) and Sam Wilson's (Falcon) relationship was another highlight. There were several scenes of their banter, and it was a nice addition to the film and I hope to see more of that in the future. Another great addition to the film and MCU as a whole was Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman. His portrayal of the character showed us several versions of the Black Panther and it helped spark anticipation for 2017's Black Panther movie.
When I said this was the most ambitious Marvel film to date, there were several reasons for that. Not only did the introduction of several major characters play a role in that statement, but also the storyline. Because of the current limitations of the MCU, the Russo brothers could simply not recreate the comic book version of Civil War. Even if the storylines matched up, it would be impossible to do it all in one film. So, they took the concept and created a different movie. But, the story kept you on the edge of your seat and made you doubt who was right, Cap or Stark throughout the entirety of the film. There were not any major villains, and the one villain that was part of the entire movie ended up being successful. In fact, by the end, there are many questions left unanswered. It sets up the upcoming movies of the MCU such as the Avengers: Infinity War movies. You don't know what will happen to Captain America or the rest of the Avengers. As with any Marvel movie, it ends with a cliffhanger.
As evident by box office sales, Captain America: Civil War has been a huge success already. But not only that, fans and critics have been raving about it. All of the anticipation and hopes that many people had was met and even exceeded. The Russo brothers have done an amazing job with Civil War and Winter Soldier, and I can not wait to see what they do with Avengers: Infinity War!