No Real Spoilers for those who have yet to see this highly anticipated sequel!
If anyone would ask me why Captain America is my favorite Superhero, I would easily list a few reasons;
- He’s an accomplished martial artist, acrobat, a brilliant tactician.
- The very first comic character with an African-American sidekick who is treated as an equal partner instead of some flunky.
- Cap is the pinnacle of perfection in regard to strength, speed and stamina.
- Then there’s his iconic uniform ( Chainmail and those Buccaneer boots?) and mighty Shield.
- Although he was not a founding member of the Avengers, not only did Cap quickly assumed the role as leader, but he trained Ironman, Hawkeye, and many others in hand to hand combat. An exceptional strategist, Captain America leads the charge with the infamous battle cry: “Avengers Assemble!” It takes a living legend to command a God of Thunder!
But above all the other reasons, I would easily say that it’s his courage of conviction and being a conscientious objector that motivates him to either question authority (Turning in his Uniform and Shield when the Government demanded that he should work for their best “interests”.) or taking matters within his own hands, whenever he suspects something that is not right.
And in the case of the latter, Steven Rodgers aka Captain America, is forced to take on the United States Government and even worse-half of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes led by his former friend and ally Anthony Stark!
In Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of the Marvel series loosely based on Mark Millar’s divisive graphic novel, lines have been drawn when Cap and the Avengers make an attempt to stop Hydra Mercenary, Crossbones from acquiring an experimental biological weapon. Unfortunately, things go south real fast after collateral damage indirectly caused by one of the team members.
After the backlash via media and public outcry, the Avengers are now seen as irresponsible. (Sound familiar?) In steps former General, now Secretary of State Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross who holds court at a meeting with the Avengers, and after suggest that it is within the best interest for the Avengers to work with the United Nations’ that will allow them to oversee and control the Avengers. Tony, feeling responsible for the past deaths that have occurred during his watch agrees. While of course, Steve thinks otherwise.
However, the real lynchpin to what sets the stage is Winter Soldier. It seems that Cap’s best friend James Buchanan Barnes aka Bucky has to atone for his past acts of terrorism. Rogers is forced not only to go against those who are in favor of cooperating with the government but for the most part, protecting his friend Bucky from being assassinated let alone captured and therein lies the dilemma.
Captain America Civil War is the third and by far the best chapter of the legendary Marvel Superhero films because it dares to question our very own moral compass regardless of what side you root for. Unlike the Comic adaptation, there simply is no cut and dry as I often found myself empathizing with both Stark and Rogers especially during the 3rd act. How far are you willing to go when what you feel is doing the right thing or most importantly defending your best friend? Joe and Anthony Russo has the answers!
Marvel spared no punches literally when making this sequel! The fight scenes are the best of what I have seen from any comic based film. If you were impressed by what you have seen in 2014’s The Winter Soldier, this pales in comparison to its successor. The action is non-stop and even during the dialog scenes, you will be stunned. There is pathos, drama and well placed comedic bits and unlike last Year’s age of Ultron, the humorous scenes didn’t have me rolling my eyes constantly.
However, the biggest and most welcomed surprise goes to Black Panther and Spiderman respectively! Tom Holland’s portrayal of the iconic Web Slinger is the best since Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman, be it his naiveté, the trademark snappy banter during combat and of course his youthfulness. After what I have seen its more than evident that Marvel should take over the franchise especially since Sony failed miserably during that last three films. Hopefully the upcoming “Homecoming” will finally break Spiderman’s losing streak at the box office.
I cheer loudly when first laying eyes on the Black Panther as he makes his first appearance in full gear because he is the very first Black superhero of all comicdom and the fact that Tchalla is Marvel’s answer to Batman, gave me more reason to be excited and guess what, it paid off! Chadwick Boseman was fantastic as BP and his motivations for choosing Ironman’s side, is quite obvious.
Throughout the film, you’ll witness shifting allegiances and a few clever revelations. one in particular may shock and surprise you. If there is one critique and its somewhat minor, would be the main villain and the obvious trope that is associated with but I have seen a far worse antagonist from a previous film not too long ago. *AHEM* There’s also the clever fan service nods that will have many giving thunderous applause!
Aside from the outstanding performances of both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr, I gotta give it up to the supporting cast members; Anthony Mackie and Paul Rudd in particular. The dialogue between those two almost made me wish for an Ant-Man and Falcon solo project. Who knew the Russo Brothers was capable of actually making a great balance of comedy within a heavy themed action film? These guys are the real deal and to have a sequel that is more successful than their previous effort, says plenty.
Without going into further detail, Captain America: Civil War is the Superhero film to look out for this entire year and so far, the best! There is a bit of catharsis toward the end and the staple of Marvel films’ post credits scenes will leave you with a sense that the best is yet to come!
Whose side am I on? Well, when it comes to high quality Superhero films, Make mine Marvel!