Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl
After a terrible accident in Lagos with civilian casualties (on top of the events in Age of Ultron), Tony Stark and the UN come up with a charter for the Avengers. A charter that would make them answer to the UN and only be deployed where the UN deems necessary. Most of the members sign the form, except Cap, Falcon and Scarlet Witch. When there is a bombing at a UN meeting, the world begins a massive manhunt for the Winter Soldier. We get to see a bit of Winter Soldier’s 90s career with Hydra when he goes after a couple in a car and retrieves something that looks like the Super Soldier formula.
The military going after Bucky are given the orders to shoot to kill. Cap is most definitely against this and attempts to bring him in alive. Firmly putting him against the world governments, Tony Stark, and the other Avengers. Plus Black Panther. Unfortunately, T’Chala’s father was killed in the UN bombing. With this, we get Black Panther also going after Bucky.
We get a nice little chase sequence that ends with Bucky, Cap, Falcon and Black Panther being brought into custody. Zemo makes his way in and activates some Hydra programming left in Bucky. Zemo slips out and Bucky escapes after giving Zemo a debriefing. Cap and Falcon also make it out in pursuit of Bucky.
As a result of this, Iron Man and Cap begin recruiting among their friends for a showdown. Giving us the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduction of Spider-Man.
TL;DR Go see it. This is how you do a superhero movie with a lot of characters in it.
Probable Spoilers ahead!! Oh, and rambling. Much much rambling.
I will admit I was worried when I saw just how many characters were going to be in this movie. Plus it is a third movie in a series. Those do not always do well in the Superhero genre. Thankfully Captain America:Civil War went above and beyond in quality and wrangling the characters it had.
I am still coming off the high of seeing this in the theater, so I may not be the most objective person around.
This movie is more of an Avengers movie than a straight up Captain America movie. But by the end of the film, it definitely proves itself a Cap film.
The Marvel cinematic universe did a lot of excellent world building in this move. From the introduction of Spider-Man, brilliantly portrayed by Tom Holland, to the straining/breaking of relationships that were built up on screen for years. I was kind of expecting a more sweeping law like the Mutant Registration Act or the law at the heart of the Marvel Comic, Civil War.
The motivation behind that awesome Cap, Iron Man, Bucky fight at the end will tug at your heart strings. Hell, Zemo’s motivations are not wrong. Given that his entire family dies in Sokovia, he would naturally want to destroy the villians responsible for their deaths, the Avengers. But he knows that he doesn’t have the kind of power to do that directly. So he decides to manipulate events and get them to destroy themselves.
Let’s talk about the new hero introduced here: Spider-Man. Tom Holland was Peter Parker. His mannerisms, nervous talking were perfect. I was ambivalent about another reboot of Spider-Man, but not anymore. We didn’t get hit over the head with his origin in this movie or the Death of Uncle Ben. But we did get some nice dialog alluding to Uncle Ben’s death that really hit home.
Captain America:Civil War is another in a long line of Marvel Cinematic movies that have not really disappointed me.