Now let’s be honest, you know you’re gonna see this movie no matter what I write. I mean, they could remake HOWARD THE DUCK, and we’d probably go see it. You know it’s true. Haha. But let me tell you, you’re not gonna be disappointed with CIVIL WAR. 😉
One of the things I love about this movie, even if you’ve read the storyline in the comics to which this film is based, you’re still gonna get something new. But that was gonna be inevitable. I mean, there’s not enough superheroes in the MCU to have something like the Superhero Registration Act. So the film incarnation is definitely a reimagining of the storyline, not a direct adaptation. Which honestly, I love.
Now I should warn you, I might be getting into some spoilers from this point on. So proceed at your own risk.
Still here? Sweet. So, the setup for the movie, is pretty simple, after a mishap chasing Crossbones where civilians died, that, and all the battles in world since THE AVENGERS, the world’s governments are demanding that the Avengers be held accountable moving forward, and have some kind of oversight. Enter The Sarcovia Accords, the MCU version of the Superhero Registration Act.
From there the Avengers are split. And at it’s core, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.
From there? Great action, and great comedy ensues!
Of all the movies from MARVEL STUDIOS, the CAPTAIN AMERICA movies have always been my favorite. They’ve always had the right balance of story first & MCU “phase” teases second. Not like AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON, where the whole movie felt like it was less about Ultron, but more setting up the next phase of the MCU. The Cap movies always seem to hit that magic balance.
And CIVIL WAR definitely continues that love.
That said, one of the fears I had about this movie was that it wasn’t gonna feel like a Captain America movie. Just given the premise, it’s going to be a huge ensemble cast, and it might be more of an Avengers movie. Not that that would be a bad thing really. But you’re setting up a Cap movie. Unfortunately, that came true… sort of. This movie really felt like an Iron Man movie.
And really, that’s the risk you run putting RDJ into a movie. I mean, he’s such a vibrant personality, much like his role of Tony Stark, him overshadowing the rest of the cast is always a high probability.
But a huge chunk of this movie was focused on, SPOILERS, Stark’s past, and ultimately driving his stance and conflict in CIVIL WAR, and not as much attention was given to Cap, and his point of view. This movie might as well have been IRON MAN 4.
So that was a weird thing to experience.
BUT I’m sure you’re wondering about the new additions to the MCU, specifically Black Panther and Spiderman. And let me just tell you they’re AWESOME.
Now, I’m not too familiar with the Black Panther comics, and consequently, not too familiar with the character himself. But he definitely brings a presence, both as a character & the movie. And it definitely left me intrigued about his upcoming solo film.
Now, Spiderman, I can honestly say THIS is the Spiderman you’ve been waiting for. I mean, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed most of Sony’s Spiderman movies. But let’s be honest, Toby and Andrew were WAY too old to be playing that character. But Tom Holland just nails it as the character. Much like nailing Bruce Banner with Mark Ruffalo, after misses with Eric Bana and Edward Norton, they definitely nailed casting with Holland. And I can’t wait for the next Spiderman movie as a MARVEL/Sony partnership. Even if it ends up with the odd title of, Homecoming.
All in all, CIVIL WAR is awesome. Like I said, great action, great comedy (you know, the great one-liners MARVEL movies are arguably famous for), it’s just a great ride. I mean, like I said, you’re gonna see this regardless of what I write. But you’re definitely in for a good time.
OH! Before I leave you, there are 2 post credit scenes. So don’t leave your seats. 😉