STARRING: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt and Daniel Brühl
Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
Captain America: Civil War piles the pressure on the Avengers from a political standpoint as after another incident results in collateral damage, the politicians want to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. This fractures the Avengers into two teams, one led by Steve Rogers who believes that they should remain free to defend humanity without Government interference and the other led by Tony Stark supporting Government oversight and accountability.
Captain America: Civil War is the thirteenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first film in the Phase Three lineup, with the Russo Brothers back on directing duties once again after their work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Civil War tells the story of how the United Nations have come to a breaking point with the Avengers after an incident results in collateral damage, leading to them processing an act that will establish an international governing body to monitor and police the rapidly growing number of super humans. The Avengers become divided over the act, with Tony Stark leading the charge of supporting government oversight while Captain America is on the overside of being that they should remain free to defend humanity without government interference after his experiences with S.H.I.E.L.D/Hydra.
The Russo Brothers do a tremendous job of getting the characters brought in a chance to shine at the right moments in this film and have it work within the realm of the story, moreso than in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As for the new additions to the MCU, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa aka Black Panther fits in effortlessly into the story and I absolutely loved the character and his arc unfold onscreen and really look forward to his solo outing, much like Tom Holland as Peter Parker who may not be in it for as long as some may hope for but he fits in for the right amount of time without overstaying his welcome and this take on Spider-Man has the potential to be the best one yet when the Homecoming instalment comes out next year. The films key action sequence at an airport is ten-fifteen minutes of joyous imagery if you grew up on this franchise or reading the comics. What is also handled well is the duelling sides of this divide over the act between the Avengers, showing the viewpoints from both sides which may make some of the viewers jump between the whole ‘Team Cap’ or ‘Team Iron Man’, blending in an Avengers story yet making it a personal film involving Captain America and making that work is some achievement in itself.
While the action sequences and certain character interaction is great, when the dust settles on a film titled with ‘Civil War’ it still almost in the aftermath of it all feel….safe. I’ll leave it until a repeated viewing/spoiler filled review to explain my reasons for thinking that. Also need the repeated viewing to see whether or not the moments in the film I felt it stalled about a too much are still there or if that was just mental fatigue on my part in seeing this as part of a triple bill lineup (still worth it though). The villain role played by Daniel Brühl is one that I happen to find one of the better MCU villains as of late but others thought otherwise after the screening. There’s also a moment in the films final act that will come across as a massive convenience to the audience yet, again, i’ll explain that in a spoiler review.
Doesn’t personally overtake The Winter Soldier for me as the best Marvel film, let alone the best Captain America instalment, but has some terrific moments amongst an ensemble which gets their moment to shine and works better than Age of Ultron in that regard. While the debates from both sides are explained well, it still feels safe overall once the dust settles compared to what some might envision. The airport sequence is worth seeing this in the cinema alone. 8/10