After another mistake that leads to the Avengers causing as much destruction as they do joy, the general public have had enough. Presented with the ‘Sokovia Accords’, a UN agreement that decides that the Avengers must be regulated in order to prevent further damage. Supported by ‘Team’ Iron Man and condemned by ‘Team’ Captain America, the Avengers are on the brink of havoc and of course it wouldn’t be a Captain America film without our good old friend, Bucky Barnes, diving opinion once again! ‘Civil War’ includes an almost excessive number of superheroes but with such cohesion – everyone adds something to the story and quite frankly, it’s a joy to watch.
At the very heart of the film is the long-standing friendship between Steve Rogers/Captain America and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier and the struggle Cap faces in trying to convince his superhero buddies that Bucky is an honest and good person – the friendship further drives Captain America and Iron Man apart and proves that this ‘civil war’ is not going to be that is easily solved. As usual, the film provides us with the things that make Marvel, well… Marvel – intelligence is at the core of Captain America: Civil War. This film is more than just a superhero ‘smash up’, there’s not even a proper villain as such but the film really doesn’t need one – Captain America and Iron Man are just as much villains to each other as they are heroes to the world, creating an entirely thought provoking and enthralling battle.
It just so happens that this isn’t the first ‘superhero vs. superhero’ film released this year, but it’s certainly the best! The inclusion of more than just the title characters seems necessary here (unlike Batman v Superman – Wonder Woman’s inclusion was totally pointless and still makes me angry thinking about it!) A special mention must go to the introduction of Spider-Man, finally able to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after a battle of rights between Marvel Studios and Sony. Tom Holland gives Spider-Man the showing he’s deserved for so long, providing a youthful, comical and comic book-esque take on the well-loved character. He’s exactly the kind of character the MCU needs to continue developing and yet the inclusion and development of Spider-Man doesn’t detract or interfere with the plot of this film, it is a Captain America movie after all, but the presence of Spider-Man alongside fellow newbie Black Panther only add to the story.
Captain America: Civil War is an example of Marvel Studios once again proving that they should be the ‘go to’ for an intricate yet entertaining Hollywood blockbuster. I suppose you could call it ‘Avengers 2.5′, but to do so would detract from the individual merits of each character; what makes Civil War so impressive is that it delves into the stories of many, yet always ensuring that the main themes of a Captain America story are at its core. Providing all the punches and explosions we simply expect from a Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War is one of their best, mixing traditional action with emotional tension – I for one cannot wait to see the Russo brothers’ take on Avengers: Infinity War.
Captain America: Civil War is out now in the UK and on May 6th in the USA.