Civil War is finally upon us! Who would ever have thought that anyone (sane) would actually want to utter that sentence?
We’ve been excited for this movie for a long time, along with the rest of the Marvel fandom, I suppose. And now that I got to see it, I thought I’d share my thoughts – spoiler-free, of course! I’m not spoiling the experience for anyone.
I think I need to say that, although we’re not big on being part of any #TeamWhatever, we were Team Cap. Mostly because we loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and because Tony f*cked up big time in Age of Ultron (albeit for the right reasons).
That being said, I absolutely understand where both sides are coming from. And I need to hand it to the movie that they managed to pull that off. Both sides had very good reasons for where they were standing, and I think it’s amazing that they conveyed that. You don’t actually have to pick sides, either, to enjoy this movie. Although I realized today while talking to a friend that you should probably have watched at least The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most definitely The Winter Soldier, to even understand where all of this is coming from.
I also liked that even though there were a lot of characters (seriously), it doesn’t feel crowded. Although it could have been called “The Avengers: Civil War”, and it wouldn’t have changed a thing. It doesn’t really feel like a Captain America movie, or even a sequel to Winter Soldier. It just plays well into the continuity of the MCU. So I’m fine with that. But I’ve heard some people actually have a problem with that, for whatever reason. So I thought I’d address it.
Back to the characters. Everyone has their time to shine. Of course it is mostly Steve (and Falcon, of course) and Tony, everyone else has their screen time and none of them feel like they just got shoehorned in there for the sake of them being in there. I would have liked Scarlet Witch to have more screen time, and I would have loved for Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) to play a bigger role, but for what it’s worth, she plays a big enough part, and was not simply reduced to a love interest for Steve (thank God).
Black Widow chooses Iron Man’s side, which I know many people found curious, but it’s explained well in the movie. It’s not black and white, after all, and if there is one thing Natasha Romanov has never been, it is black and white.
Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is introduced nicely, although the part he plays in the end is… weak. They could have done better. But it’s okay for what it is. The guy’s a badass, though!
Spiderman (Tom Holland) is awesome, although not in there for very long. But he is introduced nicely as well, and I’m grateful for that. They could have messed that up badly. But I do have one question that’s been bugging me – maybe someone has an answer?: how the hell did [spoiler] even find the kid? How did he know who he was?
Bucky is as tormented and badass as ever, Vision wears clothes, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Rhodey play their parts. They tie up the Rumlow thing from Winter Soldier nicely in a pretty little bow that is very important in setting everything in motion for Civil War.
So the main characters are all present, kick ass, and are important in one way or another. But one problem I have with this movie is that the villain was the least important villain ever. They could have left him out of the movie and it wouldn’t change a thing. Everything still would happen the way it does. Maybe not in the same locations, and it might have changed the ending a tiny bit, but all in all, they really could have left him out, and it wouldn’t have changed a thing. Sucks, because Daniel Brühl would have made a cool villain, if given a more important role.
The story all makes sense, the writing is great, the pacing good; the one thing that bothered me was the somewhat excessive use of shaky-cam in one fight scene. That almost gave me a headache.
The end was… well, not entirely predictable, but not surprising. I’m curious about how they’re gonna get the band back together for Infinity War, though. Cause this ought to have at least some effects on the Avengers as a team. It’s not called Civil War for nothing – which is another thing I like about the movie. They don’t set it up to be a huge confrontation between “Team Iron Man” and “Team Captain America” only for it to be a half-ass two-minute fight to be interrupted by a villain that makes them team up again. Nope, not at all. It’s not half-assed, and it’s definitely more than two minutes.
Gotta hand it to Marvel: they really know what they’re doing, and they’ve proven that on more than one occasion. I’m really looking forward to what the MCU has in store for us next.
My rating for Captain America: Civil War is *drumroll*: Exceeds Expectations. It’s better than Age of Ultron (in my opinion), it’s a fantastic movie, the actors are killing it, and Marvel has once again proven that they can handle not only team-ups, but conflicts inside said team-ups. If you’re a Marvel fan, you should absolutely go see this movie! I’d recommend it to everyone else as well, but you’d have to have watched a couple of other MCU movies first, to even understand what’s going on, or why this or that is important (Bucky, for instance).
What about you guys? Have you seen Civil War yet? What are your thoughts?