Friday, May 20, 2016

Captain America: Civil War



This is the end of the Avengers as we know it. Or at least until the next movie. Captain America: Civil War could really be the third Avengers movie. It is primarily Cap/Bucky oriented, but this is an Avengers story with everyone showing up. Well, not Thor and Hulk. You have to wait for Thor: Ragnarok to see them two again. Two external forces are responsible for the Avengers breakup. First, The Sokovia Accords. Carrying over from the Civil War crossover series from Marvel Comics, the word governments decide that enhanced beings are too dangerous to remain unchecked. Not only do the accords require people with powers to register themselves, The Avengers can now only act with the approval of the UN. Second,the death of King T'Chaka in what looked like a terrorist attack carried out by the Winter Soldier (aka Bucky Barnes).

As we see all the strings are being pulled by Zemo in an attempt to get revenge on the Avengers for his family dying in Socovia during Ultron's attack. We also get to go deeper into The Winter Soldier program, learning that Bucky was only the first and that Bucky was the one who assassinated Tony Stark's father and mother. But to be fair, Bucky was in has brainwashed state up until the end of the last Captain America film. So if you are reading this, you have already seen the film so you know all this. I just want to make a few points.

1. Sharon Carter. We learn that Agent 99 is the niece of Peggy Carter. The Peggy Carter that has a funeral in this film. Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter kiss in this film not long after the funeral. Did anyone else feel like this new love interest for Cap was a tad bit forced? Not to mention isn't it a little weird for Cap to be romantically involved with the niece of the woman he loved.... not long after the funeral?

2. The new Avengers. Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Ant-Man and the new arrivals to the franchise. We have already seen Ant-Man in his solo film and Paul Rudd was fantastic blending into an already packed roster. This is the first times we get to see Black Panther and Spider-Man. Chadwik Bowsman is great as T'Challa. He had a lot to live up to bringing a character to the screen that has never been on film. And speaking of a lot to live up to, Tom Holland nailed it as Spider-Man. For one, seeing Spider-Man onscreen with the Avengers was amazing, bot Tom had just the right amount of humor and youthfulness on screen. Oh, and back to Ant-Man, the Giant Man sequence was a fantastic surprise.

3. Blame it all on Tony Stark. Call the whole Iron Man saga a tale of Stark overcompensating for something. Tony Stark feels guilty about something and goes overboard to correct it. Or he does something that comes back to haunt him. Basically his whole story arc.

4. It was also refreshing to see The Avengers in a non-cosmic struggle. While I am anticipating The Infinity War, it is good to keep some stories more grounded in the Earthly realm. It's also interesting to see the Avengers tackle some political/moral problems more relevant to real life. But the cosmic stuff is pretty entertaining too.

This was a fun film. The Russo Brothers did a great job directing and really pulling the whole thing together. They have pretty big shoes to fill taking control of the Avengers saga now that Joss Whedon is taking a break but it looks as though the MCU is in good hands.

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