Captain America: Civil War

Movie Review

Tommy Parish, Jason Hamzee, and Eshaan Kumar

If you are looking for a movie full of action and comedy, “Captain America: Civil War” is the movie for you. Although Marvel and its cinematic universe are known for using previous films as support, “Civil War” is a strong standalone film as well as the final chapter of the “Captain America” trilogy. This movie easily goes down as one of the best superhero movies ever made, making it a must watch.

Directed by the Russo brothers and produced by Kevin Feige, the creators of the movie do a great job of foreshadowing the use of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). As the movie progresses, the plot starts to unravel quickly. After a routine mission led by a group of Avengers causes civilian casualties, the superheroes meet with Secretary of State Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross (William Hurt) at the Avengers Compound. After the meeting the public leader of the Avengers, Tony Stark along with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) come to the realization that although they are saving the lives of many, innocent people are dying all around the world as they try to stop the bad guys. Following the realization, they accept the Sokovia Accords, an international agreement signed by 117 countries which puts the Avengers under the power of the United Nations and other world leaders.

Captain America (Chris Evans) is angry with the agreement as he believes that the Avengers can regulate themselves better than any political organization. Captain America then goes out to help and protect his childhood best friend Bucky, The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Some people see the Winter Soldier as a bad guy while others, like Captain America, see him as the good guy he may be. This causes a major disagreement and sparks the tension already created by the Sokovia Accords.

Because of the dispute the Avengers split in half, causing the Civil War. The two sides are pro-registration, led by Tony Stark with Black Widow, War Machine, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and anti-registration, led by Captain America with Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Ant Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp).

This movie lived up to all of its expectations, and it even displayed hints of comedy through the darker plot. A big reason the movie was able to keep its comedic tone through the heavier themes was the inclusion of Spider-Man. In the movie, he is just a kid and the Russo brothers do a great job of keeping the character fun and using him to tell a variety of jokes, sometimes even while fighting the other superheroes. The Russo brothers and Feige cast perfectly the roles of all of the superheroes, specifically fan favorites Black Panther and Spider-Man, who are due for solo movies in the next two years. “Civil War” sets up other movies to be released in the future by including credits at the very end to imply that there will be a new movie, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” coming out within the next year.

Overall this movie has a great plot, exciting characters and a humorous yet dark tone. It is definitely a movie you don’t want to miss.