For some, the words “Civil War” may bring back dismal memories from U.S. History class. For others, however, “Civil War” is the latest brilliant film entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring an intense physical and psychological battle between two of the most iconic superheroes of all time, Iron Man and Captain America.
For those unacquainted with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is a series of films that follows comic book storylines and includes well-known superheroes such as the Hulk, Thor, and Spiderman. The “Universe” began with the movie Iron Man in 2008, and has continued with well-known movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and The Avengers. Civil War marks the 13th movie, and while you would think that Marvel couldn’t produce yet another critically-acclaimed gem, Captain America: Civil War is one of the best, if not the best film of them all.
The plot of Civil War is quite complex, but it is basically a battle between Captain America, the patriotic super-soldier Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans), and Iron Man, the armored billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). The two disagree over whether superheroes should be allowed to fight crime wherever and whenever they deem it necessary or if they should be held in check by the government. Captain America, who believes in the former, arranges a team that includes Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and the Winter Soldier. Iron Man, who supports the latter, gains the trust of Black Widow, Black Panther, the Vision, and Spiderman among others. With sides drawn, these two teams collide and the result is a must-see movie spectacle.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo do a near flawless job crafting this difficult movie. While including so many superheroes could have resulted in disaster and reduced screen time for favorite characters, it instead boosts the excitement and dazzles the viewer. The action scenes are impeccable, with unbelievable choreography and special effects that cannot be rivaled. The characters play off each other perfectly, and it is impossible to root for one side entirely since the characters both sell their beliefs very well. Little known characters such as the Vision and Ant-Man truly shine, and the new Marvel rendition of Spiderman is the ultimate screen-stealer.
Of course, no movie is perfect, and this one faces a flaw that is found in many Marvel movies- a mediocre villain. While Captain America and Iron Man go at each other’s throats, another villain lurks in the background and uses the two heroes as puppets in a grand scheme. However, the scheme doesn’t make much sense, and even I (an ardent Marvel fan) was a tad confused with what his goal was. Luckily, the villain does not take up too much of the storyline and does not skewer the movie’s overall greatness.
Overall, Captain America: Civil War is a stunning summer cinema event that cannot be missed. Anyone, regardless of age, with even the slightest interest in superheroes or action films MUST go see this film, and they will be sure to leave satisfied. Before you see it, however, I recommend that you watch a few previous Marvel movies so that you understand some of the storylines that play into the film such as Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. All three of them are fantastic films will introduce some of the characters who appear in the movie. In conclusion, while Civil War has one noticeable flaw, the glory and drama of the film overshadow this, helping to make this movie one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.