By Aric Sweeny
And Marvel does it again, ladies and gentlemen.
Following the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, Steve Rogers is leading the Avengers on a mission when another accident, resulting in the death of innocent civilians, occurs. As a consequence, the Government looks to install a system of accountability called the Sovia Accords, in which The Avengers act upon the Government’s command. This new piece of legislation deeply divides each member of the Avengers, with them having to choose between signing the Sovia Accords (Team Stark), or refusing to sign (Team Cap).
Going into the film, I was firmly on the side of Team Cap. Leaving my screening, however still on the side of Team Cap, it wasn’t as clear of a choice; The film presents both sides of the argument unbiasedly.
As you’ve probably read online already, the action scenes are incredible. I will say, though, there is a sequence in the first 10-15 minutes of the film that suffers from shaky cam, but luckily it’s an outlier in terms of ‘bad’ fights. The airport fight is easily the greatest comic book fight ever (in terms of choreography, balance of characters, and spectacle), but the emotional impact of the film's final fight is what will really please die-hard comic book fans; it’s an amazing splash page, from comic book to comic book movie.
We get introduced to the first ever on-screen Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and our new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). While I’m incredibly excited to see both of these characters’ solo films and stories going forward, Spider-Man is one of my three all time favorite comic book characters, and they perfected him. I love the Andrew Garfield incarnation of Spidey, but in even the short amount of screen time Spidey in “Civil War” shows how deprived of real, comic-accurate Spider-Man we’ve been in the past. I don’t know much about T’Challa’s origin story or history, but I can’t wait to see what Ryan Coogler cooks up.
Great performances all around, with the stand outs being, as per usual, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. Props to everyone, though, there wasn’t a single bad role.
“Captain America: Civil War” is everything I wanted it to be. It puts the MCU in an interesting place going forward, gives each character moments to shine (Yeah, even Hawkeye), and closes the incredible “Captain America” trilogy.