Captain America: Civil War

As heroes become more powerful, so must the villains if they’re to have any chance of winning. And when battles become more intense, live are going to be lost. But is it worth it? How can this destruction be controlled? These thoughts and so much more are posed as the future of the Avengers is brought into question.Directors of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo return for this next installment, Captain America: Civil War. 

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) find themselves on different sides of the coin when it is proposed that the Avengers no longer be allowed to act as a private enterprise, but should come under the jurisdiction and control of the United Nations, only to be deployed when the UN decide it is necessary. With Iron Man and Captain America at odds with each other, the rest of the Avengers stand divided. 

With so many high powered individuals, this was never going to be a simple or easy battle. Both sides pull out all the stops, recruiting whoever they can find. The result? Some pretty quick paced and painful looking fights! 

Each character has a unique style, catering to their own individual weapons and abilities; yet, with all these differences, they still manage to move with amazing synchronicity to use and allow for the other members of their team.

After operating side-by-side for so long, people are bound to make personal connections. The banter, sarcasm and inside jokes between our heroes makes this obvious. It carries over from when they’re fighting together to when they are pitted against each other, creating an amusing juxtaposition, and reminding us that, although they may not agree with each other right now, they are fighting for and against a cause, not each other.

As far as superhero movies go, it’s fair to say that Marvel is stepping up their game with this one. Civil War has a much grittier and darker feel to it, showing us the consequences of people’s actions in the form of lives lost. And not just the lives of the bad guys. After the opening battle of the movie, King T’Chaka addressed the UN stating that live had been lost “Not only because of the actions of criminals, but by the indifference of those pledged to stop them. Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all.” 

A bit of fresh blood is added to the mix, in the form of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), the young, new hero, Spiderman. True to the comics, Spiderman is a quick talking, fast thinking, nerdy kid, who, despite having been a hero on his own for a little while, still has an innocence about him. He wants to see the positives in every situation, despite what life has already thrown at him. His quirky comments, hero-worship of the older Avengers (on both sides of the fight), and overall childish enthusiasm, bring a little more joy to the screen.

If you aren’t up to date with the rest of the Marvel cinematic works, you’ll still be able to enjoy this latest installment. If you are, you’ll find yourself connecting the dots. With so many characters and heaps of little details, you’ll find answers to one question, while asking yourself three more. 

With an ending that will leave you both satisfied at the close of one chapter and wanting to know what comes next, Civil War is another title in Marvel’s list of successes. 

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