Review of Captain America: Civil War (Spoiler Free Edition)

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Captain America isn’t my favorite Avenger (#TeamIronMan) but his movies are phenomenal additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It took me a couple of viewings of Captain America: The First Avenger to get on board with the MCU character, but its sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, shook up the MCU in a way no one thought possible. Winter Soldier still rates as many MCU fans’ favorite movie and with good reason!

Well, I think they might be replacing that with Captain America: Civil War.

Some back story, the Civil War comics were the inspiration for this particular story line. In the books, a villain is responsible for an explosion that destroys an elementary school and kills all the children therein. Following that event, the government institutes the Superhuman Registration Act, which would register all “powered people” as weapons of mass destruction, require masked heroes to reveal their identity to the government, and use their powers within new government standards. Skipping some details for brevity, two sides are formed around the Registration Act. Tony Stark (Iron Man) leads the group of powered people who are for the Registration Act, while Steve Rogers (Captain America) leads the group opposed to the act…..aaaannnndddd go!

There are many differences between the comic/source material and the MCU storyline, but that’s been pretty much true with all of the storylines to date. If you’ve seen the trailers, and you’ve probably seen at least one of them several times then you know that governments around the world are getting a little fed up with dealing with The Avengers. The events in New York (The Avengers), Washington D.C. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and most recently, in Sokovia (Avengers: The Age of Ultron) lead the United Nations to approve “The Sokovia Accords” which basically state that the world governments want to reign in The Avengers and have them operate with more oversight. As in the comics, Stark and Rogers take opposing sides with Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Bucky Barns (The Winter Soldier); and Falcon aligning with Rogers and Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, Black Panther, and Spiderman aligning with Stark. So, if all of these folks are “good guys,” then who are the bad guys? Well, that’s a good question and one I’m not going to answer. You’re going to have to see the movie for that.

So, all of this, and what did I think of the movie? Well, before I watched it, I felt like The Avengers was the best movie this team has put forward to date with a REALLY close second of Captain America: Winter Soldier. However, after seeing it, I felt like Civil War was better than both of those movies. The underlying themes of the movie are very thought provoking because nothing really exists in black or white. There’s some well-placed humor, the action was off the charts and honestly, I feel like the movie should rank up there with some of the classic action flicks like Die Hard, Terminator, Predator, etc.

This was a bad ass movie and I know I’ll be sending Disney/Marvel some more cash once the Blu-ray is released. Hopefully, you’re reading this in line to see the movie, if not, then go get out there and see the movie!

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