Captain America: Civil War

9 Overall Score
Story Line: 9/10
Characters : 9/10

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Photo Credit: Marvel

Photo Credit: Marvel

Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of the newest entry of the MCU, Captain America: Civil War had their collective work cut out for them from the start. How do you make an engaging and cohesive story with so much history that has happened in the previous two phases? Not to mention, this is the first movie in phase three that will set the tone for the other nine movies that follow it in the coming years. The first Avengers movie made you believe that you could have many strong protagonists and make it engaging and fun. Avengers: Age of Ultron, while still good, had it’s stumbles at points. Civil War not only improves upon the base that the first Avengers movies builds, it may get you excited for where the universe is heading with Avengers: Infinity War.

It’s all about consequences. Our heroes had to face the music in terms with not only what transpired within Age of Ultron and the destruction of Sokovia, but other previous movies as well. With saving the world, there will unfortunately be unwanted causalities. The movie presents strong cases to either be at the sides of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) or Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans). There needs to be a certain freedom with heroism, but with the great powers they have, there may be a need for some oversight. I found myself going back and forth within the points of discussion and enthused that the continuity of the series was addressed in this matter. The one embodiment that addresses the repercussions of the past is Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).

Zemo is not your conventional villain in regards to a typical end game. There has been a tension on how to save the world with Tony Stark and Captain America for many movies now with each person symbolizing a different era. Helmut Zemo leaves are heroes broken and fractured only enhancing those differences of opinion while on his quest for vengeance. That’s an effective way for being a sympathetic villain. The action and fight sequences are some of the best the Marvel universe has to offer so far with a few surprises mixed in as well.

Photo Credit: Marvel

Photo Credit: Marvel

There may have been some fear from fans that some characters may get lost in the shuffle with a movie of this stature. Civil War gives each person their moment, even though they may not be within the central story line. You not only care about the powers and the grand spectrum into which they are used, you care about the real people outside the masks and outfits as well. New additions to the MCU including Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spiderman (Tom Holland) were both given strong legs to stand on given we are already familiar with most of the heroes in this movie. There were previous narratives and relationships pushed without the newer characters losing themselves in the moment.

One could say that this version of Spiderman may be the most enjoyable to date. We are already well versed with Peter Parker’s backstory – thankfully, this was hinted at and not shown in the flashback. Within the small time frame on screen, Parker’s character was allowed to be his wise cracking, naive self. Another highlight is Paul Rudd‘s Antman who gives much needed laughs just when the story gets heavy. It’s the pacing and timing of this move that really makes it great.

Civil War as a whole was a well done accumulation of previous themes and atonement for the events that occurred in previous Marvel installments. There’s something here for everyone, whether it be the political tone, humor, or straight up actions sequences. The movie covers it all well as shows that within a “darker” story line, you can still keep what’s at the heart of the Marvel franchise.


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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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