Image Credit: ComicBookmovie.com From Left Robert Downey JR as Tony Stark “iron Man” and Right Chris Evans as Steve Rogers “Captain America” In Marvel’s Captain America Civil War.
If Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a historical event that transcended the way we enjoy TV with the unveiling of Hydra and in marvel’s weekly crowd pleaser Agents of Shield. Than, Civil War the third captain America film in this massive franchise is far from a homerun as characters that we’ve grown to love will fight-it-out despite how much they actually like each other.
On what would seem like a routine mission in Lagos, Nigeria Steve Rogers “Captain America” (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanov “Black Widow” (Scarlett Johansson); lead newly minted Avengers Wanda Maximoff “Scarlett Witch” (Elizabeth Olson) and Sam Wilson “The Flacon” (Anthony Mackie) to prevent Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) from obtaining a bio weapon. Thus, Ending in disarray for the team as the situation quickly goes from manageable to sudden loss of life in the masses.
Back at Avengers Compound Secretary of State Thaddeus “ThunderBolt” Ross (William Hurt) last seen in The Incredible Hulk, tells the ill fated group that the United Nations is passing the “Sokovia Accords” which is the film equivalent to the “Superhero registration act” seen in the Civil War comics from which the film is loosely based. These accords will hold the heroes accountable to a board that will tell them when, where, and how to act upon such a hypothetical crisis. Which of course spurs the battle as Cap thinks they’re giving away “Choice”, but Tony Stark “iron man”(Robert Downey Jr) whom after a press conference has a run in with a grieving woman (Alfred Woodard) whom lost her kid in the Sokovia battle. Acrimoniously, making him believe that maybe this isn’t the worst thing in the world that could’ve resulted from the Lagos incident. All of which is presumptive that the avengers would sign off on the documents in the first place, let alone agree unanimously as if the documents were meeting minutes from a previous session.
To further complicate matters Bucky Barnes ‘The Winter Soldier” (Sebastian Stan) is believed to be the man responsible for a bombing that occurred at the UN killing King T’Chaka (John Kani) the man spearheading the accords in the first place. Unbeknownst to the heroes in question another rises in the kings’ son T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who’s led the life of the “Black Panther” protector of Wakanda. Who, believes it’s his duty to lay Barnes to rest as revenge.
Continuing the tonal feel of The Winter Soldier Joe and Anthony Russo deliver a brisk and fast moving picture that will surely make most comic book lovers drool. However, their strengths tend to be in delivering the action and building the tension between two of the MCU’s most beloved characters. All of which is good drama mixed with hard-hitting action packed escapades that prove that if anything, action sequences are the furthest thing from obsolete in Hollywood. However, the comics from which the film draws its inspiration aren’t as violent and focus on the politics of such an act, instead of duking it out in hilarity on the tarmac of an airport.
As tensions continue rise amongst the “gifted” heroes Steve Rogers finds himself at a crossroads between eras as the book finally closes on his “capsicle days” as Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) moves on, but finding himself the spectacle of her niece Sharon (Emily Vancamp). All of which allows the film to ease back on the heavy plot devices midstride.
The film’s penultimate villain Zemo, A well used Daniel Bruhl, a nemesis frequently seen in Captain America comics makes a good debut here. However, the plot device that embeds the character is created and crafted around important backstory instead of forcing conflict upon one hero after the other as depicted in Batman V Superman which debuted just months before.
The only thing missing here seems to be the connection to its silver screen partner Agents of Shield, or some acknowledgement of the its vast universe elsewhere In the marvel universe. The TV shows make take time to notice films, but the opposite seems to be rather troublesome for a universe that sold itself on connectivity in the first place.
The conclusion In Civil War however, is ambiguously left open and frankly barren, yet suggestive of a “Secret Avengers” plotline potentially forthcoming. Which will nonetheless the be interesting to see as the Russo Brothers continue to pump out meticulously well done comic book films. Those remembering the civil war comics by Mark Millar may remember a better outcome than the lethargic an inadequate end provided here, but like any good comic it begs for more.