With less than a month before release, Captain America: Civil War is shaping up to be the best Marvel movie. Anthony and Joe Russo have a tough act to follow after their last effort, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So far, critics have given the flick high marks and positive feedback.
The heart of the film focuses on Steve Rogers/Cap and Tony Stark/Iron Man’s opposing views. While not directly adapting the comic, the plot does give each man valid reasons for his actions, so their motives are not in black and white. In fact, actors Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr have fans supporting #teamcap and #teamStark on Twitter. Needless to say, theatregoers will feel conflict over who to root for.
Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man is one of the movie’s big scene stealers. Eric Eisenberg chose Spider-Man, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther as major highlights. He also praised the dynamic of the Vision and Scarlet Witch.
Civil War‘s action is a major source of praise. Germain Lussier said it was “a complex mystery posing as a big, fun superhero film.” He cited the airport scene as “the best superhero action scene ever”. Others have focused on how each of the characters is given a moment to stand out on their own, similar to Joss Whedon’s approach for 2012’s The Avengers.
This deft balance is in stark contrast to past MCU flicks. Iron Man 2, Thor: The Dark World and Age of Ultron struggled with characters and the right tone. Yet Civil War appears to balance its characters with the story. Since there are several MCU players, it looks like this flick just might avoid the trap of past films.
Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6.