Captain America Civil War was released last friday and is the third film in the series, this film takes places about a year after the events of Age of Ultron and shows what happens when the team shows us what happens when tensions between them reach breaking point.
The film opens with Captain America and his Avengers team hunting down a villain called Crossbones, however the ensuing capture also creates some collateral damage which upsets a lot of countries around the world. The Sokovia Accords are the solution to that problem and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the one supporting them, However Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) is not convinced which causes a chain of events that leads to civil war.
After a lifetime of service we get to see a final goodbye to Agent Peggy Carter in this film, her eulogy was given by her niece Sharon Carter played by Emily VanCamp and it was interesting to hear those words that would galvanise Steve into going down the path that he goes on in this movie in order to save his friend Bucky. At the end of the day the Captain America films have always been about Steve and Bucky, this one just does a great job of anchoring it with the Civil War storyline.
However it is not until the bombings in Austria, supposedly at the hands of the winter soldier that things really start to get interesting. It is also at this point that we get our first introduction to the Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman. who gets on great with Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson. The fight between Black Panther, The Winter Soldier and Steve Rodgers was a joy to watch and that wasn’t even the best fight in the film.
The best fight in the film was the airport showdown between the two sides of the Civil War, One Led by Tony Stark and the other by Captain America. Both men had assembled their teams and added new members, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) joined Steve and the latest Spiderman (Tom Holland) joined Tony. It was an incredible match up and one of the funniest and most incredible fights that I have seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the MCU for short.
Ant-Man and Spiderman were both amazing additions to their respective sides and integrated well with the existing characters. It is the amazing combination of humour from the avengers films and the utter brilliance of the captain america films that make this work so well. It was pretty cool to see Ant-Man turn into a giant before being taken down by Spiderman much like they took down an AT-AT in empire strikes back.
Seeing Black Widow Fight against Hawk-eye was also pretty interesting to watch and it was just really interesting to see all the different combinations and fighting styles that were all going on in this one battle.
The fact that the Thor is gone and the hulk is still missing is probably a good thing as that battle would have ended quite differently although the ending still does enough to show you what the consequences might be if they continue to fight.
One of my favourite moments in the entire film was when Captain America finally got to kiss Sharon Carter, the exact moment it happened the entire audience awed and I have never seen anything like it happen before and I doubt it will ever happen again. You really had to be there.
Much like Spiderman and Ant’Man, there is lot less screen time for characters such as the Black Panther which is a shame as they are all really good characters. I liked them in this film and I can’t wait to see what happens with their solo projects. Scarlett Witch and Vision got to do some cool stuff in the fight scene and at other parts of the film but it would have been cool to have seen a bit more from them as well.
With a run time of 147 mins this was a long film but there was so much packed in that it felt like no time at all and the longer the film went on the better it got. It may have started slow but the finale was exceptionally good with Tony, Captain America and the Winter Soldier teaming up to take on Zemo who they believe it preparing to unleash a dangerous group of advanced people that are even stronger and far more deadlier than the Winter Soldier.
When they finally catch up with Zemo, he reveals it was all part of his plan to tear them apart and he has a understandable reason for doing so after his family were killed during the events of Age of Ultron. However this film is more about the conflict between the heroes than it is about facing off against some evil villain and it is the footage of the Winter Soldier killing Tony’s parents kicks the conflict between them into overdrive.
I have no idea how long Captain America knew about what his friend had done while under the control of others but you can really see the betrayal and anger in Tony’s face. These two characters were never eye to eye on everything but this fight takes the tension between them to a whole nother level, the scene was exciting to watch and you really never know quite how far it is going to go and what it will take to end it.
The film had just enough time to squeeze in its obligatory stan lee cameo before it wrapped up but instead of getting up and going home I decided to wait it out and watch both of the after credit scenes. The first one took us to Wakanda which gave us a pretty nice all be it brief glimpse of the home of the Black panther and the second gave us another look at Peter Parker and a piece of updated tech that looked pretty cool.
Overall I will have to say that I really enjoyed watching Captain America Civil War, the story was really good and it is great to see that conflict isn’t just between a hero and a villain but that some of the greatest conflict can happen between friends. This film has a lot of humour a lot of drama and a lot of conflict and that is what makes everything work brilliantly, the new characters added something great to the story and I can’t wait to see what happens next.