After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Synopsis (from Bing)
I saw Captain America: Civil War (referred to as Civil War from here on) on Friday night in a packed IMAX theater. Honestly, once again I’m not sold on the extra ticket cost of IMAX or 3D. By the time we grabbed tickets (Tuesday before) all the non-3D shows (and 3D non IMAX) were sold out so we went to IMAX where we were able to get good seats but had to arrive an hour early and stand in line. Nothing about Civil War was better on the huge IMAX screen and 3D was entirely unnecessary, save yourself a couple bucks and see it in 2D on a regular theater screen.
With regards to the movie itself I liked it VERY MUCH, and honestly I’m shocked. Since Iron Man 3 I’ve really entered the main Avengers movies with pessimism. They’ve seemed so childish and uninteresting. This movie played a little more like the “B-Class” Marvel character movies in my opinion, it was a lot of fun and actually seemed that there was at least some sense that the characters could be defeated. Tony Stark starts the movie as the absolute leader of the Avengers, like he’s their sugar daddy but as the movie progresses his decisions shift the leadership role back to Captain America. I think this movie is an effort to start phasing Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) out of the movies, at least in an Iron Man sense, he’s not getting younger and the day will have to come eventually. Obviously Marvel wants to hold on to RDJ as long as they can, he’s a staple of the Avengers universe like Hugh Jackman is for the X-Men Universe.
There was a lot to like about Civil War but my favorite part was Ant-Man, he’s such a good character and Paul Rudd plays it perfectly. My least favorite part is Spider-Man (oops, spoiler not spoiler) – I just don’t really like the new Spider-Man (I didn’t like the last one either though). This Spider-Man is really young. I will say though, his having met Tony Stark makes the high tech suit he wears a lot more believable than a high school kid making it in his bedroom.
Civil War is not really how I expected it would be, the guys start as friends then fight each-other, I was expected them to then unite against a common enemy. And while there is a common enemy, the team doesn’t really come together. They almost do but then <spoiler> Iron Man learns that the Winter Soldier killed his parents </spoiler>. Like you’d expect the team doesn’t go full bore on each-other they “pull punches” so to speak, but I was surprised that the team didn’t end as a unit again, it’s definitely fractured.
The basis for Civil War is actually VERY similar to the basis of Batman V Superman (BVS), some people are pissed at the Avengers for destroying various cities during their battles, like people were pissed at Superman in BVS. I liked BVS a lot but I honestly liked Civil War better, the DC universe is always so dark and the Marvel Universe is a lot more hopeful. I highly recommend this movie if you like comic book movies. I was no fan or Iron Man 3 or the Avengers 2 (or even the previous Captain America actually) but I liked this one a lot. (9/10)