Captain America 3: Civil War was easily one of the most anticipated movies of the year. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, especially with daily reveals of new footage leading up to the eventual release. Suprisingly, despite all the footage that was out there before actually seeing the movie the movie itself was not spoiled and still felt fresh and entertaining upon viewing.
The movie picks up from both the end of Captain America 2 : The Winter Soldier and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The story manages to build on the foundations set in Winter Soldier and actually bring that character’s story arc to somewhat of a conclusion. Simultaneously, we get to deal with the fallout from the damage wrought by Ultron in the second Avengers movie and look at the newly assembled Avengers team from the end of that movie.
The premise is one wherein the Avengers are to be held accountable for innocent lives lost due to the damage their various battles have caused to public property. There is also another trigger incident at the in this film that compounds the team’s efforts to save innocents bringing the issue to a head. As a result, some of the team are of the opinion that they have too much power and needs to be held in check, which is what the United Nations have requested of them. Others though, believe that once politicians get involved, the line between right and wrong is no longer clear and is basically up to “people with agendas” to decide.
The greatest aspect of this film was its ability to present the arguments for and against both sides of the coin and understand the logic behind each characters choices. I for one even went into the film firmly on one side of the argument and left agreeing with the other side’s stance. For this reason alone, it would be superior to the other “big” superhero movie of the year (Batman v Superman) which left it’s characters motivation somewhat questionable and forced.
The movie itself was interesting from the opening fight sequence to the eventual conclusion, with the much promoted airport fight sequence definitely a huge hit. Each character gets to put in some licks and no one looks like a punk. Yet, the directors manage to ensure that it remains a Captain America (and Bucky) movie and not an Avengers one. Spider-Man and Black Panther are indeed scene stealers and the post credits scenes leave you in anticipation for their upcoming solo flicks.
There are of course one or two minor issues if you want to nit-pick but overall the movie is one of the best, if not THE best, to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is definitely a reason why it has been sold out since tickets have been on sale. If you are yet to be one of those who have seen Civil War, it is the must see movie of the year thus far.