Review: Civil War (Captain America #3)
Series: Captain America #3
Released by Marvel on 28 April 2016
Length: 2h 27m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie.
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.
PSA: This review will contain spoilers. If you want to go into this movie ‘blind’, don’t read it.
Last year, Marvel announced that the title for the third Captain America movie was going to be Civil War. Based on the comic book by Mark Millar, which meant that the Avengers would be divided into two groups: Team Captain America and Team Iron Man. At that point, I had no idea what side to choose – and I didn’t want to choose a team based on looks/how much I liked one more than the other, so I picked up the comic book. I believe it was fairly early on in the comic that I decided I was going to be on Iron Man’s side, and even after finishing the comic and ‘after all this time’ I am still proud to say I am Team Iron Man!
On 28 April it was finally time for us to go and see Civil War, and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. But in my opinion it is not the best Marvel movie (sorry, Thor still wins that for me). It was a very long one, with a running time of 2 hours and 27 minutes, and I found myself thinking several times ‘is this movie almost over already?’, not because it was boring, but because it was just too much, like with the Star Wars movies.
Civil War was all over the place. From Siberia to Africa to America to Europe, they went everywhere in this movie and that was probably why I thought it was too much. All the previous Marvel movies happened mainly in one or perhaps two places, but here we were in a country in Africa (sorry didn’t remember where), Romania, Berlin, London, Queens, then back in Berlin and ugh it was just – I don’t know. View Spoiler »What I did like was seeing that prison that was in the Civil War comic, I don’t know what it was called exactly, but I liked seeing it in the movie. What I didn’t like about that was that half of the Avengers were in there and they put Wanda in a straightjacket (though I fully understand why they did all of that) « Hide Spoiler
We were introduced to three new characters in this movie, two of which I loved right away. We meet T’Challa, who we mostly know as Black Panther, he was great, I think I have a new favourite. Marvel also finally got the rights to Spider-Man, so we see him in action in this movie, and he was so cute I want him as my little brother! And then there’s the main baddie, Zemo, and I just did not like him at all. View Spoiler »He’s basically, technically the reason everything escalated so badly in the movie. « Hide SpoilerView Spoiler »My main reason for not loving this movie was that the entire movie revolved around Bucky, again. We had The Winter Soldier, where we found out Bucky was still alive, but an assassin trained by Hydra, and I didn’t like that movie either. So when I found out that this movie would mainly be about Cap finding Bucky again made me a bit ‘meh’. Because Steve does so many stupid things in this movie only because he doesn’t want people to find Bucky. Well I am sorry but he’s done terrible things – even if he cannot ‘remember’ doing them, he still did them. When Tony found out Bucky was responsible for his parents’ deaths, my heart broke for him (Tony, not Bucky) and I really just wanted to take him away, give him a blanket and a cup of tea. « Hide Spoiler
There was so much action in this movie, it basically started from the beginning already and it didn’t end. Normally, the Marvel movies would have some action at the beginning, some quieter parts in the middle and then more action near the end, this movie was litterally action after action after action. Though I loved it, I also would have loved more peaceful parts as well. My favourite action part is probably the airport scene, which is the showdown for both teams. View Spoiler »Spidey fangirling about basically everyone, Wanda being a badass, GIANT MAN and then Spidey making a Star Wars reference while laughing really hard – that was the moment I sold my soul to Tom Holland’s Peter « Hide Spoiler
In the end, I really enjoyed Captain America: Civil War, and I am happy to say that after this movie I am still Team Iron Man (even more so, can that even happen?). There were some great things about this movie, there were some less great things about this movie, but overall it is a very good movie. Although I would have loved it to be a general movie, like the Avengers, so just ‘Civil War’ instead of having the ‘Captain America’ in front of it. That may have made the movie more neutral, because right now this movie was just screaming Team Cap to me.
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