Captain America: Civil War (2016)

The Russo Brothers have done it again.

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It is truly incredible how far the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come. Thirteen movies and counting, and they continue to deliver great comic book movies. The latest is Captain America: Civil War. Directed By Joe & Anthony Russo, the movie has a huge ensemble of a cast including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl.

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After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

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Captain America: Civil War is everything you want from a marvel cinematic universe movie. Characters that have been established in previous movies, in which we are all emotionally connected to at this point, some of the best action scenes in any comic book movie, and everything is pieced together so perfectly.

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There’s so many characters that have their moments to shine but in the end of the day, the movie felt like it was a Captain America movie from beginning to end. No character is forced into the plot. For every action, there was a reaction. It was the best build up I seen for a comic book film. Spider-Man and Black Panther are the biggest stand outs in the movie for me, even though each character blows me away. Tom Holland is the best man for the job as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and he does amazing with the screen time he was given. He was nerdy, innocent, and full of heart and his Spider-Man was full of energy & sarcasm, I think he will be a mega star for future comic book movies. Chadwick Boseman does an incredible job as Black Panther, his action scenes were some of the best in the movie and I love that he created a Wakanda accent for the movie. The Russo Brothers gave us a little taste of Wakanda in the mid-credits scene and I just can’t wait to see more of it in his solo movie. Daniel Brühl was simple but effective as the villainous Zemo. Even though he doesn’t do much, his plan is so big and he’s more of the puppet master of everything. The fact that Zemo killed the other soldiers and allowed for a fight based on the personal character arcs that had been building rather than giving them a reason to join together  was incredible. It was refreshing to see a storyline that didn’t end with a large-scale ‘fate of the world at stake’ battle but something much more intimate with only 3 fighting over something very personal and emotional. I was even more surprised that Zemo didn’t die, and I love how they turned that scene into development for T’challa while also preserving the character for future movies.

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Final Verdict: Captain America: Civil War is everything a comic book fan can ask for and more. The best action scene for any Comic Book movie ever is in this movie, the airport scene will blow everyone away. The Russo Brothers did something that Joss Whedon couldn’t do with two Avengers movies, make every character important and fit everything perfectly. I’m so excited when they get their hands on Infinity Wars. It might not have the same sophisticated story that The Winter Soldier had but they have created the best Marvel movie ever. SuperSam Rating: A+.

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