No major spoilers.
Two phases and 12 highly successful movies later and the guys over at Marvel/Disney continue to thrive with Captain America: Civil War delivering another fun, engaging and nail-biting installment to the MCU.
We watched it. We loved it. Loved it so much we watched it again and we’ve already planned our next viewing.
Don’t judge. The third Captain America flick may not be the best movie in the entire MCU (it is close though), but it’s one of the more stimulating comic releases to date.
Somehow directing duo, Anthony and Joe Russo, managed to juggle 12 superheroes, introduce two newbies, manipulate friendships, and choreograph four (or was it five) crazy fight scenes, without compromising the strong, detailed story-line or overwhelming the audience.
If you’re looking for a full review there are dozens out there in the world wide web, instead here are 10 things we loved (and hopefully you’ll love too) about Captain America: Civil War:
1. “Everyone’s got a gimmick” – the one liners
The overall writing for Civil War was incredible (almost philosophical at times). Random one liners delivered comic relief missing in the first two Captain America movies (although shout out to Anthony Mackie’s The Falcon for lightening the tone in Winter Soldier).
2. The ‘civil war’ was a natural progression
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers didn’t just wake up one day and decide they were enemies (*coughs* Batman v Superman). On the contrary, we’ve seen the two disagree regularly throughout the first and second Avenger movies. Their relationship, although strong, was also fragile because of their divided beliefs. It was just a matter of time until something sent them down different paths.
3. Young Tony Stark and middle-aged Howard Stark
People in the makeup department (or the CGI guys) deserve an award for taking Robert Downey Jr. back to his late teens/early twenties. The actor stepped back in time for a holographic flashback (sort of) which featured his mother and middle-aged Howard Stark (John Slattery), who last appeared in Ant-Man.
4. The airport fight scene
Twelve superheroes divided into two teams. But it wasn’t just a battle of “enhanced individuals” it was a face off between friends.
Shrunken trucks were enlarged before exploding, webs were wrapped around legs and arms, repulsor beams were coming from two different sources, shields were “not obeying the laws of physics” and so much more. Tie all that commotion in with humour and even a little love between new enemies and it was one pretty powerful scene.
What we found incredible was that although there were 12 heroes fighting at once, one didn’t outshine the other (except Ant-Man did kind of out-stand them all at one point).
5. Newfound respect for Chris Evans’ bulge
Oh naughty, naughty – we’re not talking about THAT bulge, we’re talking about the ones in his arms.
We all know the man is fit, one Google image search of What’s Your Number will prove that. But we have some newfound appreciation for the effort Mr Evans puts into getting his body Captain America-ready after watching him ‘hold down a helicopter’ in the new movie.
Obviously, he wasn’t actually clutching onto a helicopter (we don’t think), but he was tensing and boy those muscles are impressive – almost inspired us to workout (nah CBF).
6. “I know a guy” – Ant-Man
We knew exactly who The Falcon was about to bring to the party when we heard that oh so familiar sentence (aye Luis).
Loved Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in his solo movie and loved him even more as a member of the Avengers.
As mentioned earlier, Ant-Man delivered the goods in the comedy department and helped level the major battle scene with his ability to shrink and… we promised no major spoilers so you’ll have to watch the movie for the rest of that sentence.
7. Royal revenge – Black Panther
We’re left hungry for more after our first taste of the feisty hero. Thankfully we only have a little over a year until his solo movie comes out. Until then Black Panther’s entrance in Civil War exposed us to the new hero’s domesticated nature, impenetrable suit and fierce fighting skills – there’s nothing tame about this feline.
Although new to the MCU, Black Panther aka T’Challa (Chadwick Bosman) had a significant role in the movie as the newbie clawing for some vengeance.
8. Swinging with joy thanks to Spider-Man
Tom Holland – WOW! What a talent.
Fans were eagerly anticipating young Peter Parker’s debut in the movie and it was worth the wait.
A little clueless, yet highly intelligent, he finds a bit of a father figure in (reluctant) Tony Stark who recruits him for one huge fight scene.
We expect to see more of the swinging superhero in the MCU – but after his solo movie of course.
9. Stan Lee’s ‘Stank’ cameo
Probably the second most anticipated appearance in the movie was from Stan Lee. Sticking with tradition, his part was brief but highly entertaining.
10. Scarlet Witch is bad ass
Thought Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) was incredible in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Then you’re going to be amazed by her delivery in Civil War.
Living at the The Avengers’ HQ has injected the character with a whole lot of confidence, which in turn has given her more control over her abilities. She’s pretty damn powerful.
In addition to developing a sisterly bond with Steve Rogers, she’s also got an interesting connection with Vision – it was really sweet.
Also, we really liked her boots (well, I did).