Katie Fenton, Online Reporter
Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, left viewers both amazed and disappointed. With a 75 percent Metacritic score and 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie was a hit for critics, but to casual viewers it certainly wasn’t a masterpiece.
The movie focuses on the increasingly hostile divide between Captain America/Steve Rogers and Iron Man/Tony Stark. It opens with a brief scene featuring The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes on a mission in 1991. Then it switches to the present day, where Cap, Falcon/Sam Wilson, Black Widow/Natasha Romanov and Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff are stopping Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon in Lagos, Nigeria. During this encounter, Wanda accidentally sets off a bomb that destroys a building and kills innocent bystanders.
After the Lagos incident, U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross tells the Avengers that the United Nations is attempting to pass the Sokovia Accords, which would place the team under U.N. control and prevent them from acting without approval and possibly destroying entire cities.
The rest of the movie sees a divide within the group. Cap, Sam, Wanda, Hawkeye/Clint Barton and eventually Bucky and Ant-Man/Scott Lang are against the accords. Meanwhile, Tony, Natasha, Vision, James Rhodes/War Machine, Peter Parker/Spider-Man and T’Challa/Black Panther believe the group shouldn’t act on its own.
The action scenes and CGI were enjoyable. For a superhero movie, Civil War impressed viewers with its dramatic, all-out fight scenes.
While the special effects were flawless, the movie itself was completely pointless. The entire plot was dedicated to the Avengers hating each other, but like all Marvel movies, it ends on a positive note.
Cap and Tony battle it out in Moscow after Tony learns startling news about his parents’ deaths. Throughout the fight, there were several instances in which viewers thought one of the Avengers might actually kill the other. It was an intense, brutal and merciless scene. Yet 10 minutes later, Cap sends Tony a note that basically says he’s sorry and that he wants the team to be whole again.
The entire point of Civil War was to show the divide within the Avengers, but it was only Cap and Tony who really disagreed with each other. In the airport fight scene, Clint and Natasha joke about still being friends as they’re fighting. It was slightly disappointing because the trailers hinted that the Avengers were going through a true downfall.
After sitting around for two and a half hours, viewers might’ve expected something more exciting. The only real reward from watching Civil War was seeing the introduction of Spider-Man and Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There was some witty banter between characters such as Sam and Bucky and humorous one-liners from Scott and Peter, but otherwise the movie felt incomplete.
It’s also worth noting the absence of characters Thor and Hulk. It would’ve been interesting to see their positions on the accords, plus Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are certainly pleasant to look at.
There was little “real” dialogue and the plot felt somewhat forced. It was still an enjoyable film, but with ”civil war” in the movie’s title, one might’ve expected some actual entertainment.
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