Captain America Civil War: Best Comic Book Film Ever
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Staring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 146 Minutes
Synopsis: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
Captain America: Civil War was one of the most anticipated films ever and it did not disappoint. The excitement was pouring out of all the patrons in the theater well before the start of the film. The first 15 mins of this films sets the scene and lets you know that you are in for 2 1/2 hours of a comic book come to life. In the past many companies (Fox) have tried to turn comic book properties into a drama film and it takes away from the film. Captain America: Civil War does no such. This film is true to its core and embraces the comic book nature of the source material and displays it in this larger than life blockbuster film.
The basic premise of this film is loosely based off the Marvel Civil War storyline in the comics from the early 2000’s. Essentially there is an accident that causes the governments of different nations to come together to establish some rules to reign in The Avengers. Captain America and Iron Man have differences on this agreement. Before they can work their differences out a bomb was set off and Capt and Iron Man decide to solve this mystery using their own methods which leads to heroes taking sides and an eventually confrontations between Team Capt. and Team Iron Man.
There is so much comic book goodness in this film that you will want to see it multiple times. I expect this film to be one of the top 3 highest grossing films of all time and it also sets up the upcoming films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
MCU New Comers Steal the Show
The two newcomers to the MCU are Black Panther and Spiderman and they steal the show. Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of the Black Panther was spot on and refreshing to see. This character has so many layers and was potentially difficult to do on the big screen, but his first appearance in the MCU was done perfectly. Black Panther is the King of Wakanda and isolationist African nation that is the most technologically advanced nation in the world, due in large part to their supply of vibranium.
T’Challa first and only interest is the well being and advancement of Wakanda, so when he takes a side its not necessarily to support that cause but to fulfill a personal agenda. This film encapsulates that perfectly and is interaction with Captain America and Iron Man prove that and shows that he will be one of the leaders in this world going forward.
Spiderman is probably the most popular super hero in the world and its only right that he is back home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although Sony has done ok with the Spiderman franchise Marvel and Tom Holland brought the Peter Parker out that all comic book fans loved.
This teenage version of Spiderman had all the traits that makes this character so unique. He is incredibly acrobatic and talented, yet he is somewhat of an asshole teenager that never shuts up even during fights. He had a much larger part in this film then expected and it was great. I expect Spiderman homecoming to be an amazing film and it will be interesting to see how they build on his relationship with one of the other major characters in the MCU.
This World is Getting Larger
The biggest thing that will stand out for most viewers is the sheer amount of heroes in this film. There has never been a comic book movie with this many heroes in one film and this is not the tipping point. We are still building to Avengers Infinity War where I expect to see all these characters and more. The sheer size of this super hero world is growing and with the second Guardians of the Galaxy and third Thor film the cosmic and earth based universe continues to grow.
Marvel Studios was able to do something that DC/Warner Bros could not achieve. I hate to compare these two movies but when you watch civil war it will be unavoidable. These two movies had a similar premise but Marvel was able to grasp the concept much better and shoot the film to show these characters as larger than life but at the same time give them nuance and personal conflicts where it is legitimately hard to pick a side. They were also able to add a score and hero shots that made the movie feel like you were reading panels in a comic book, but also kept it mainstream enough to bring in all viewers. At this point Marvel and Disney are just playing on another level and I have a feeling that the Russo brother are just getting started.