By Yumna Ahmed ’17
Opinions clash in a full blown battle between the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War.
Released on May 6, Captain America: Civil War focuses on a disagreement between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) that leads to the Avengers taking sides and fighting amongst themselves. After the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron, people begin to realize that as much as superheroes try to prevent destruction from occurring, they generally end up being the ones who cause it.
The United Nations comes up with a solution to the collateral damage and propose the Sokovia Accords, a treaty in which the government would supervise any action the Avengers wanted to make. Captain America believes the Avengers should defend humanity without the government intervening. However, Iron Man surprisingly supports this decision of government oversight and thinks the Avengers should be accountable for any destruction they cause. Although both sides have a valid point, the rest of the team is forced to choose a side.
Running for two hours and twenty seven minutes, it’s Marvel’s longest movie yet, but it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Tension brews as Cap’s childhood friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan) makes a reappearance as the Winter Soldier and is blamed for a bombing and an assassination. Captain America, with his belief that Bucky is still a good person, is determined to protect his old friend – even if it means breaking the law.
New characters are introduced, such as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), a hero with a kingly attitude. Black Panther is portrayed as regal and mysterious, acting only on his own agenda and establishing that he’s a force to be reckoned with. Familar faces also appear to help, such as the double agent Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Directors Joe and Anthony Russo were able to bring out one of Civil War’s biggest strengths, which was managing all of these characters and not turning them into plot devices that would overstuff the movie.
Compared to the other Captain America movies, Civil War fared far better due to the large cast of heroes and the surprises that came along with them. The movie technically focused on Captain America, but gave off the vibe of an Avengers movie even though Thor and the Hulk have yet to be found.
Another feat is the fighting choreography. Along with the special effects, particularly Iron Man’s new method to gear up, the rest of the characters showed well developed hand-to-hand combat fighting styles and faced off in one of the biggest battles in superhero history.
According to Box Office Mojo, Captain America: Civil War topped the weekend box office and had the fifth largest opening weekend of all time, with $181.8 million in the United States. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lost 737 theaters after running for seven weekends and was overtaken by Civil War by a landslide. Civil War has also received a 90% rating by Rotten Tomatoes, a prominent website that critiques various movies and television shows.
The end credits of the movie set the stage for many sequels to come. Earth’s mightiest heroes will settle the Civil War conflicts in a two part movie debuting in 2018 called Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther will also get his own origin movie in the same year.With no resolution provided and a lot of well executed subplots occurring behind the scenes, Civil War created a lot of superhero questions people might want answered. However, the main question at hand is – whose side are you on?