‘Captain America: Civil War’

By on May 11, 2016

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Avengers divided!

If you haven’t made a firm decision on which side you sit, Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you will after seeing The film kept course with other Marvel ventures, bringing in $181 million over the opening weekend (over $675 million worldwide), making it the fifth largest opening weekend film of all-time.

Caution, spoilers ahead…

I went into “Captain America: Civil War” leaning towards Team Cap, but I couldn’t shake my man crush on Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). That ended quickly. This is not the same Tony Stark we all came to love in “Iron Man” and “The Avengers.” Stark has lost something; in fact, he’s lost a lot of things.

After the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen, “Godzilla”) loses control of her abilities in an Avenger raid to stop some random horrible person, the world has taken notice of the Avengers’ wake. Innocent people have died, and the leaders of the free world have banned together to create a pact. They create an accord, giving the United Nations power to control the Avengers. This does not sit well with Captain America (Chris Evans) and a few other Avengers.

Team Cap includes Bucky (Sebastian Stan), a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, of course (Bucky is Cap’s lesser known sidekick and boyhood best friend); Falcon (Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker”); Ant-man (Paul Rudd); the Scarlet Witch; and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Team Iron Man (booooo!) is comprised of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), although she can’t shake that double agent in her; War Machine (formerly American Patriot, played by Don Cheadle); Vision (Paul Bettany, “A Beautiful Mind”); Black Panther* (Chadwick Boseman, “42”); and Spider Man (Tom Holland, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” [2017])!

Members of Team Cap refuse to sign the McCarthy-style accord and become outlaws. They ultimately come up against Team Iron Man, whose members have signed the accord. This results in some pretty serious battles. Hawkeye vs. Black Widow. Scarlet Witch vs. Vision. And, of course, Captain America vs. Iron Man. “Captain America: Civil War” has the best shield play (inside pun intended) of all the Captain America and Avenger movies.

It is obvious Marvel wants to pit its fans against one another to create hype for upcoming films (see below), but our lovable ladies’ man takes a serious hit. The hero who is Iron Man is not as strong — or right — as we thought he was. “Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth” was not a good enough line to make moviegoers remember why we love Tony Stark. Cap is on the side of freedom

“Captain America: Civil War” introduces viewers to some new characters, but there are a couple members of the Marvel universe who failed to show up for this episode. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) are all absent. Stay tuned, though. These characters are rumored to be making appearances in other upcoming Marvel films like “Ant-man and the Wasp” (2018) and “Captain Marvel” (2019). Of course, S.H.I.E.L.D and Hydra are integral parts of the storyline, but the organizations are simply footnotes along the way. For now, get out and see the spectacle that is “Captain America: Civil War” in all its cinematic glory!

  • Woo-hoo! All you fellow obscure comic fans can delight in the fact “Black Panther” has been green lit by Marvel Studios and is expected to hit theaters in 2018. Now, let’s hope they bring back Florence Kasumba (Security Chief); she’s bad to the bone.

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