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Steve Rogers Takes An Unpopular Stand In Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War sees dissension in the ranks of the Avengers. On a mission in Nigeria led by Captain Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) unleashes her powers, and inadvertently levels a building she and the others were meant to protect. As a result, many innocent workers die. Following that, retired general Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), who now serves as Secretary Of State, assembles the many of the Avengers and tells them the United Nations plans to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will limit Avenger activity. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) approves of the legislation, but Rogers and other members of the force stand by stopping the misdeeds without oversight. As the debate continues, someone sets off a bomb outside the place where the Accords were ratified. Among those killed were King T'Chaka Of Wakanda (John Kani), who lost Wakanda citizens in the Lagos bombings. His son T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who was there with his father, wants answers. Early evidence suggests that Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), an American soldier captured and enhanced by HYDRA, had been involved.
With counterterrorism teams and T'Challa searching for Barnes, and against orders, the Captain and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) get to Bucky first. With an assist from Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), they elude the authorities. Stark, T'Challa, and the others join in the hunt for their partners, including a new recruit of Stark's named Peter Parker (Tom Holland). With help from Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Captain and his allies flee. In a safe location, Barnes explains that he didn't plant the bomb. Besides the police, Barnes had been pursued by Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), a Sokovian officer with an agenda of his own. He learned about the program that made Bucky the Winter Soldier, and that program included brainwashing. Zemo lets the rift in the Avengers work to his advantage while Stark learns the truth behind the bombing, among other things.
Captain America: Civil War puts another spin on the Captain America saga, as well as with his association with the Avengers. Steve Rogers has always believed in duty and loyalty, and the Sokovia Accords put those values to the test. When he sees a person identified as Bucky at the scene of the bombing, he doesn't go to avenge the violence and destruction; he goes to get Bucky's side of the story, and help his friend. Civil War, unlike the previous two entries in the Captain America series, spends a lot of time talking, and that slows the movie a bit too much. Still, directors Joe and Anthony Russo deliver action, which often includes in-fighting among the Avengers. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote all three scripts of the trilogy, and have filled the movie with much detail and many characters.
Evans once again carries the shield well as the Captain. He is a man of a much less technological era, but he has grown increasingly at ease in the 21st century. Almost everybody he ever knew from the 20th century is gone, including his old handler and friend, Peggy Carter. He doesn't give up on friends, and rushes to protect Bucky, certain that he didn't bomb anything. Duty is a very simple concept to him - do right, no matter the cost. He has the enhanced body, and wants the answers to the attack as much as anyone else. Downey shows how duty isn't as simple to Tony as he recalls previous missions and personal losses. He also dedicates some efforts to philanthropy, as Peter and the student body of MIT learn. Johansson takes on new duties as peacemaker when opinions divide the Avengers, while Stan shows the remorse of a man who understands his actions when away from his conditioning. Boseman and Bruhl are the key newcomers, and make favorable impressions as a new ally and antagonist, respectively. Other MCU characters who make small appearances include James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Stan Lee makes his cameo as a Federal Express driver who mispronounces Stark's name.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow, and the Captain America trilogy has been one of the better parts of the numerous releases connected to this series. Steve Rogers sees himself as a man given a chance to serve his country and the world in a special way - and without reservation. Others want and welcome oversight, but Rogers has seen combat, unlike many of his associates. He knows that, try as they will, the Avengers will engage in fights that will not end well for some people. Responding, he feels, should not be open to debate, though he clearly wants the best possible outcome when something happens.
On a scale of zero to four stars, I give Captain America: Civil War three stars. Taking up the shield again for his country and their allies.