Well today I had the opportunity to see Marvel’s new film Captain America: Civil War. This is the follow up to Marvel’s 2014 Captain America: Winter Soldier. However, the events in this film follow the direct outcome of 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron. Before I provide my short insight on the film this is a spoiler free review. With that out of the way, this film was amazing! Once again Marvel has scored a home-run again. I hate to rag on DC/Warner Bros. but this is how you pit to strong personalities versus each other ideologies. The film was simple to follow with no distracting sub-plots or annoying characters. The main plot of the movie is based around U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) concern regarding the mass destruction and fear surrounding the Avengers as super powered group that need to be put in check by the government. The events in this film happen one year after the Avengers: Age of Ultron. So Ross inform the Avengers that the United Nations is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish an international governing body to oversee and control the Avengers. The team is divided: Tony Stark supports oversight because he feels responsible for creating Ultron and the destruction the android brought to Sokovia while Rogers has more faith in his own judgment than the government. Okay, now with the awesome stuff.
I had a blast seeing Black Panther on film played by Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa). I wasn’t a big Black Panther fan until I seen this movie. Now I’m more than stoked to see the new Black Panther film which on October 2014, Marvel Studios officially confirmed that the new Black Panther film is scheduled for release on November 3, 2017. The next awesome thing on my list is Spider-Man or Spider-Kid. All jokes aside, Tom Holland did a fantastic job as our favorite web head Spider-Man. I was on the fence with this new Spider-Man but boy does Tom nails it as Spider-Man/Peter Parker. I wasn’t a big Spider-Man fan but Tom’s spin on the character was epic, converting me to a Spider-Man fanboy. Like the black Panther film I’m equally excited for the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming film in July 2017. As always Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) and Chris Evans (Steve Rogers) deliver a solid performance. I was pulled by both sides especially since I’m a big Winter Solider fan but if I had to pick my favorite character in the film it would be Black Panther. He stole the show. Really the entire cast did a outstanding job. Before I move on with my final thoughts, Falcon played by Anthony Mackie had a few new tricks as does the Antman played by Paul Rudd.
And last, I think the action in this film was amazing. Now I will say the film didn’t feel as polish as the Winter Soldier film but it was close. The Russo brothers Anthony and Joe are on my top list of directors. They understand the universe and the characters. The airport scene was epic. I thought reports about the scene was over hyped but boy, it was epic. The airport scene was a fun and giddy geek scene for comic book nerds. I loved it. The opening action set piece was good too along with the ending fight scene between Cap and Iron Man. This is a film I want to see again unlike Batman v Superman. Sorry to slam Batman v Superman again but I actually like the villain Helmut Zemo played by Daniel Bruhl. Lex Luthor should have had this type of motivation. Already the film has taken in $25 million on Thursday preview with an international box-office $291 million. I think in the U.S. market this weekend Civil War should take in over $150 million with ease. I can’t wait for the Avengers: Infinity Wars since the Russo brothers will direct that film too. I think this film delivered in spades and once again proven Marvel has a great understanding of their characters, ideas and themes. What did you think of Captain America: Civil War? Share your thoughts in the comments.