Saturday, April 30, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

On Thursday me and some former bro-workers checked out Captain America: Civil War (2016) by director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. It is the sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the first movie of Phase Three, and the thirteenth movie overall of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Civil Wars introduces, among others, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, scheduled to appear in solo movies in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Phase Three will come to an epic conclusion with the second part of Avengers: Infinity War in 2019.

The skinny

Following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) stop Brock Rumlow from using suicide bombing to kill Rogers, causing destruction to a nearby building and killing a number of Wakandan relief aid workers in the process. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), who is confronted by the mother of a Sokovia casualty, upon finding out that the United Nations is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish an international governing body to monitor the Avengers, supports the act. Roger, on the other hand, doesn't trust the government and cannot be swayed to sign on. In Vienna, where the Sokovia Accords are to be ratified, a bombing, orchestrated by James "Bucky" Barnes (Sebastian Stan) takes place, kills King T'Chaka of Wakanda.

The review

The Captain America movies have always tackled the topics of accountability and political agendas head on, and Civil War is no different. This third instalment further explores these thought-provoking themes, while also taking the superhero blockbuster formula to the next level. Captain America: Civil War introduces a bevy of heroes including, but not limited to, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Vision, Black Panther, Hawkeye, War Machine, Falcon and Black Widow. In true Marvel fashion, the movie perfectly blends humor, drama and action, making for probably its best blockbuster ever. Your old favorites and the new ones work together in glorious harmony.

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