As an avid and longtime fan of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its safe to say that I was anticipating the release of Captain America: Civil War ever since word of its creation came out. There hasnít exactly been a shortage of superhero movies lately, but this one was well-anticipated all over the world. This captivating and thought-provoking movie was directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and was released on May 6, 2016. This movie had a budget of $250 million, clear that Marvel fans were expecting a great amount from the Russos. Complete with a stunning and star-studded cast, nearly everybodys favorite superhero made an appearance. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. spend a great amount of the movie arguing over their very different views. Naturally, their closet comrades and biggest supporters, played by Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, and Tom Holland, find themselves split between Evans and Downey Jr. With a cast like this, every fan is sure to be enticed, and even intimidated by the vast cast. Captain America: Civil War is highly anticipated and understandably so.
The movie starts of where Joss Whedons Age of Ultron ended, a new, expanded group of Avengers responds to an attack in Lagos, Nigeria. The morals of the Avengers are questioned by the U.S. government, who wonders whether or not these individuals have the right to take any actions they want without any restrictions or consequences. The people of the world are left to question whether or not this group of superhuman beings should be allowed to act in the way they do, even if it is for the greater good. These Avengers are left a choice to sign a treaty that limits their action or not. Its interesting and even refreshing that Marvel is addressing the fact that people often sacrifice the lives of others simply for a cause or for entertainment value. Youíre probably wondering why such a minor issue leads to an all-out war? Why donít the Avengers just agree that their actions should be controlled by the government in the form of a contract? Seems easy, right? Wrong. Unconventionally so, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), who is normally all about new things and reform, takes a rather conservative stance, deciding to sign for government restriction. On the other hand, Steve Rogers (Evans), who is normally Mr. Righteous All American, believes that he has a duty to the world and his actions to protect it should not be restrained by the U.S. government. The rest of the Avengers are now left to choose a side and a philosophy to follow. And then theres Steves childhood friend, James Bucky Buchanan Barnes also known as The Winter Soldier, who begins to play a large role in both Steves and Tonys lives, causing a more emotional feud between the two of them. The plot, though full of twists, turns, and appearances of many characters, is enthralling and certainly exciting at every moment, even though the movie is a whopping two and a half hours long. The performances of the enormous cast are brilliant. Every time a new character appears in the film, the audience is left wanting to see more of them by the minute. Our old favorites are pitted against each other but never fail to make us love them with their hilarious banter. A new face is shown to fans by Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther brilliantly. His character causes the audience to feel excitement yet empathy and were certainly elated for his stand alone movie, coming in 2018. It was clear what the Russos were trying to portray throughout this movie the fact that the real way something can be broken is from within. That trust should not be so easily given. And that are friends are not always who we think they are. With beautiful cinematography, extraordinary performances, and a clever plot, Captain America: Civil War is a true hit.
Overall, audiences loved this movie; it made over $1 billion worldwide, with mostly shining reviews. Audiences were excited to meet a different type of villain, one that isnít so plain in sight. Personally, I loved this movie. I thought that the script and plot were written beautifully. There were no unnecessary filler scenes or character appearances; every moment of the movie was treasured. And what an emotional roller coaster of a movie it was. There were parts that had me on the verge of tears, empathizing for some of my favorite characters, and other parts that had me laughing hysterically. My favorite part of the movie was the clever reintroduction of a fan favorite Peter Parker. Played by Tom Holland, Spiderman joins the fight. In fact, Holland plays the character of Peter Parker perfectly, especially after Tobey Maguires quirky and witty rendition, and Andrew Garfields angry and shrewd one. Holland manages to make Peter Parker funny, infectious, and a real treat to fans of the classic Spiderman comics. Yes, the Russos have done it again. Theyíve made another movie I can add to my list of favorites. Iíve watched it twice and can already recite it. Now, Iím on the edge of my seat, waiting for more brilliant movies.