Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.
My Thoughts Prior to Watching the Film:
I watched every trailer and sneak peek that was released at least five times each. I was so freaking excited for this movie to come out, you have no idea (unless you were just as excited as I was, then you may have an idea of sorts regarding the matter). But anyway, I saw all trailers and sneak peeks I could get my eyes on, and I was trying not to get my hopes up just to get crushed (like what happened with Age of Ultron *sighs*). I freaked out just like everybody else must have when Spiderman popped up out of nowhere at the end of the trailer, I squealed in anticipation when I saw Ant-Man riding Hawkeye’s arrow, and I could not keep still when Tony and Steve were fighting, hitting each other without maiming the other too bad (physically, but they’re emotionally wrecked). I had never heard of Black Panther prior to this movie, but I was excited nonetheless, cause frankly, he looks and fights awesome. Overall, I was just so excited to see all of these great superheroes fighting at each other’s throats, with no known villain in their midst’s, from what I could tell.
My Review (Non-Spoiler):
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I saw it twice, and the first time I watched it, I got bored and nothing held my interest, but when I watched it again roughly a week later, I loved it so much. I am basing this review on my thoughts after watching the movie a second time. As you can probably tell from the picture above, I am on Team Cap (yet my entire family was Team Iron Man). Throughout the film, I kept on reminding myself that in my eyes, Iron Man is the bad guy (not bad necessarily, but wrong, you may say). Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, he is Tony Stark. Every since Age of Ultron, Tony is broken up about everything that happened in Sokovia, since he made Ultron, he was responsible for all of the deaths and destruction. He thinks that the avengers need the government to rule over them, yet Steve doesn’t agree one bit. This leads to the feud that will change MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) history forever.
The acting was amazing in this film, like every other Marvel film out there. Robert Downey Jr. is great as ever, Chris Evans does an amazing job displaying how driven and determined Steve is when it comes to Bucky and not being ruled over by the government. Scarlet Johansson is tough-as-nails in this movie, yet torn on which side she resides on. Falcon is stellar and Anthony Mackie does an excellent job playing the character, and his small disputes with Bucky – played amazingly by Sebastian Stan yet again – are priceless and the entire theater laughed during the ‘move your seat’ scene. Elizabeth Olsen’s accent still needs a bit more work, but aside from that, she is great as Scarlet Witch and I love her growth and development from the last movie (though I wish they would have at least mentioned Quicksilver once, that would’ve been nice). Paul Rudd as Ant-Man was a nice addition, and he surprisingly fit right into the avengers in a big (haha) way. Hawkeye had less screen-time than I thought he’d get, but he was a good addition as well, but – as a Hawkeye fan – he wasn’t needed. Spider-Man was so freaking awesome and they finally cast a teenager to play him! Tom Holland was a wonderful and comical Peter Parker, whose movie I am looking forward to next year. Another character who blew my mind (and whose movie I’m also looking forward to next year) is Black Panther, or should I say T’Challa. God I love that name and I don’t even know the correct way to pronounce it. Vision is hilarity in a Vibranium-wrapped package and to see him interacting and caring for Wanda’s well-being is so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I have yet to see War Machine (for I have only seen the third Iron Man from the Iron Man trilogy), and that was a long time ago, so if he is in that movie, I forgot about him. He seems like a nice guy, but there isn’t really interesting about him. Even his suit is plain. I was sad that Martin Freeman didn’t play a more interesting character, just some sort of SHIELD agent (correct me if I’m wrong). I was so excited because now both Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are part of the MCU, which is brilliantly amazing. Yes, I used the word brilliant because I’m talking about two British people. I was disappointed that he didn’t play a big role, plus both Cumberbatch and Freeman have to use their American accents in the Marvel movies they appear in.
The action sequences in this film were amazing, just like all Marvel movies. The only problem I had with the action in this movie was the lack of action scenes. I wanted a brawl where everybody was bloody and beaten down, barely able to speak or stand. I was close to having that, but didn’t quite get it. I was happy with how the directors set up all of the different heroes fighting the other heroes from the other side. My favorite was how they incorporated the new heroes in the fighting sequences such as Black Panther, Spider Man, and Ant Man. They all had roles to play, and they played them well. I’m still surprised, though, that the humans – Black Widow and Hawkeye – barely came away with a scratch, whilst Iron Man and Captain America could barely even talk during their fighting. I know they’re at the center of this all, but still.
The one thing you can always count on in a Marvel movie is a good plot. Civil War is no exception. I love how all of the movies in the MCU blend together perfectly. After the events of Age of Ultron, the avengers are broken up, the reason why this isn’t called an avenger’s movie is because there is no Thor or Hulk. (Hulk will be in the next Thor movie, though, so I’m looking forward to that). Tony Stark is angry at himself for creating Ultron, who destroyed cities and killed thousands. He blames himself, and to be fair, he should, but that doesn’t mean that he should automatically kneel at the government’s feet. I chose Captain America’s side not because of his undying devotion to saving Bucky, but because he doesn’t want the Avengers to be controlled by the government for the sole reason that if something happens where they are the only ones who can save the day, but the government are keeping them from doing so, people may die and the world may be destroyed. It’s true that the Avengers should somewhat be contained, but that doesn’t mean that they should become puppies who are sitting by waiting for their master to give them their bone to bite. They need freedom so that if the government falls or becomes corrupted, they will not be held back by a contract that says they need somebody’s consent in order to save the world. That’s not who the avengers are, and that is not who I want to see them become.
Here is the spoiler section of this review, so if you haven’t seen this movie yet and wish not to be spoiled, skip this section. I read somewhere that somebody was supposed to die in this movie, so I was running all of the possibilities through my head. The main contenders on my list were Black Widow and Hawkeye, but that didn’t happen, which I am happy about because I like them both. I did not, however, think about one special person; Peggy Carter. She’s old and I forgot she even existed in this time period. Her death was sad and it broke Steve apart, with a heartwarming moment between him and Nat following. The moment is then ruined by Natasha picking Tony’s side, on her way to sign the contract.
I’m sad that War Machine (forgot his real name) became paralyzed waist-down, but at the end you can see Tony helping him walk with some new tech-y legs, followed by a hilarious cameo by Stan Lee himself. (Tony Stank, that’s brilliant). Then the ending arrives where Steve announces in a letter to Tony how if he ever need their help (Team Cap. that is), then he just needs to call them up and they’ll be there. I think they won’t see each other again until Infinity War Part I and II. I’m excited for that, and by then we will be introduced to Captain Marvel, so that’s exciting as well. In the first post-credit scene, Bucky is being frozen again, or put down, whatever you want to call it. Black Panther is with them, and it is revealed that they are in his home-country Wakanda, for a wickedly awesome finale (part 1, anyway). The next post-credit scene was a Spider Man one, where Peter Parker is back home in Queens messing around with something Tony gave him. It is then revealed that he has his own Bat Signal (Spidey Signal, I guess you could say), then the movie finally ends with a black background and a white text saying: Spider Man will be back. This is telling us about his movie next year: Spider Man: Homecoming.