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Five Observations From Captain America: Civil War


Captain America: Civil War has been in theaters for a few weeks now and is another excellent installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by the Russo Brothers and it stars several actors. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. are the focus of the story mainly, while the other actors play a significant piece themselves. This film turns the Captain America franchise into a legit trilogy, as each Cap movie is better than its predecessor. Although Cap is the main character and is in the title of the movie, the film feels like an Avengers adventure with the large scope and with a story centered around the Avengers team. As a fan, I made a few observations of the blockbuster. Spoilers ahead!

1. Cap Will Never Give Up On Bucky. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has gone to the ends of the earth to find Bucky (Sebastian Stan). He will never give up on his friend, no matter the cost. Rogers relationship with Bucky seems brotherly as they’ve been like brothers since the 1940s, though their relationship is somewhat strained and toxic. Strained due to Bucky being the Winter Soldier and his long disappearance. Also, it could be considered that Rogers loves Barnes. Rogers goes out of his way to protect Barnes. Rogers breaks the law, fights his own friends, and drags people into the fray (a retired Clint Barton). Maybe Cap is doing this to hold on to his last link to his past, which is Bucky.

2. Black Panther and Spider-Man Are Amazing! Both characters exceed expectations in their MCU debut. Both are young in their careers as Peter Parker (Spider-Man) is in high school and T’Challa (Black Panther) isn’t King of Wakanda yet. Tom Holland is perfect as Peter Parker as his version is similar to Stan Lee’s comic book version. Holland is timid and shy, but once he puts on his Spider-Man costume, he never shuts up. Holland is arguably the funniest character in the movie, especially in the huge airport fight sequence. Chadwick Boseman plays T’Challa as a humble, reserved young man who can let his emotions get the best of him. T’Challa does become the King of Wakanda in this movie due to his father dying by a vicious attack where Bucky gets framed for it. T’Challa looks to get revenge throughout the film, but he manages to keep a frightening calm about himself. 

3. Everyone Has A Reason For Their Involvement. All of the characters get involved for their own means. Tony Stark and Rhodey (Don Cheadle) believe that the Avengers should be kept in check. They have a good reason because the Avengers have been involved with some of the world’s biggest scares, though they were trying to maintain the situations. Vision (Paul Bettany) is there to help his creator, Stark, and to keep his love interest, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), in check after an accident she commits in the movie. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is intriguing because she’s a double agent. She begins helping Stark, but her friendship with Rogers is what leads her to assist Cap. Black Panther is somewhat of a lone wolf as he’s trying to get his hands on Barnes after Barnes is framed for the murder of T’Chaka (T’Challa’s father). Panther doesn’t side with anyone. Cap obviously is trying to keep the Winter Soldier from being arrested and being tried in court for murders he committed while brainwashed. Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are there to assist Cap in keeping Barnes from being caught by the government. Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Spider-Man are mainly in the film to help make the Avengers fight sequence huge and entertaining.

4. The Fight Scenes Are Excellent. The Russos can make fight scenes that are beautiful, yet brutal. There are three fight scenes and each plays an important part towards the plot. The first features the Avengers stopping Crossbones and his gang who are chasing down a deadly chemical. This scene would serve to be another incident that’s another nail in the coffin for the Avengers and their freedom in not being regulated. Scarlet Witch kills Crossbones by containing his grenade explosion around him and accidentally sends him into a building, killing others. The airport fight scene is the biggest in scale and pleasing to the eyes. Cap and Bucky are on the trail of the man who framed Bucky for the murder of T’Chaka. They need to get in the Quinjet to make it to the man’s location, but they have to fight through Stark and company to do so. Ant-Man and Spider-Man add humor to this otherwise intense battle between friends. Spider-Man arguably steals the show with his funny quips and his epic takedown of Ant-Man who becomes Giant-Man with the help of Stark and Rhodes. The final fight scene is Cap versus Iron Man with Cap having assistance from Bucky. The man reveals to Stark that Bucky killed his parents. Stark becomes furious and loses his patience after Cap reveals that he knew about the killing. The two have an aggressive, bloody fight that features a homage to the classic page from the comic Civil War where Cap protects himself from an arc reactor blast from Iron Man. Cap stands tall in the end, leaving the Avengers perhaps disbanded.

5. The Man Is Baron Zemo And He’s  Effective. Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) is not a being from another planet. He’s not a robot. He’s human and he brings the Avengers to their knees with terrifying precision. Zemo wants to tear them apart after his family died in the Sokovia battle that is in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bruhl plays Zemo as someone who’s cold, distant, and intelligent. Bruhl isn’t frightening physically, but he is mentally. He frames Bucky as the murderer of T’Challa’s father and reveals to Stark that Bucky is the one who killed his parents. The reveal leads to the fight scene mentioned above. T’Challa later confronts Zemo and realizes that Zemo did the murder. T’Challa prevents Zemo from committing suicide and takes him in. 

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