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Captain America: Civil War - Spoiler Free Review
The Confrontation, four years in the making.
Ever since the epic team up of The Avengers back in 2012, Tony and Cap' have never really seen eye to eye, and the personal relationships within "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" have never been the most stable. It's been quite clear from the start that Cap' and Tony have very different views on how they should be saving the world - and when this movie kicks off it's abundantly clear that this is all about to come to a bloody, bone crunching conclusion.
Hero vs Hero
The key point in setting up the divide in the movie is when Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) meets with our heroes, to remind them of just how much collateral damage has been caused by their constant, earth shattering battles throughout the last few years. This leads to our two main figure heads Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) falling into disagreement. Tony believes that all superheroes should fall under government control, whereas Steve only feels like this will hinder the abilities that The Avengers have to act quickly when disaster strikes. From this moment on, the entire cast begin to pick sides, one by one, and we are also slowly introduced to a few new players...
The New Guys
The introduction of Black Panther is very subtle, and allows the audience to get a feeling of what kind of man T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is. Spider-man, on the other hand, is a young boy at this stage. He is still trying to find purpose in his life, after it is revealed that he has only had his web slinging abilities for 6 months. Both of these characters have their own movies slated for release in the next 2 years, and this movie manages to tie in their respective set ups seamlessly, whilst giving them plenty of action in the film.
The Ultimate Face Off
As the movie rolls on, the battle lines have been drawn and we eventually see our heroes take each other on (in a conveniently evacuated airport). Now, I'll be honest, this is the moment that most of us have been waiting for - and it in no way dissapoints. Think, Batman V Superman x 6, with the addition of actual prior character development and believable one on one battles. We see Hawkeye V Black WIdow, Winter Soldier V Black Panther, Scarlet Witch V Vision, Antman V Spider-man, Falcon V War Machine and of course, Captain America V Iron Man, and every combination in between. This makes for the ultimate superhero showdown, and delivers some really visually rewarding moments, as well as some great one liners along the way.
Black Panther V Winter Soldier (Clip)
Captain America: Civil War turns out to be the perfect cure for those post Batman V Superman blues. It reminds the audience that although a hero v hero movie is inevitably going to contain some dark, worrying moments, it can still be an upbeat, wise-cracking, rock 'em sock 'em punch fest. There are enough twists and turns in the story to keep the viewer interested, even when we are faced with the likes of Martin Freeman's completely unwarranted American accent (as Everett K. Ross), and Captain America believing he can disguise his appearance anywhere in the world with a simple baseball cap and sunglasses combo.
By this point, we all expect a lot from Marvel films - and believe me, this movie goes above and beyond all previous installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, managing to create what I believe to be one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.