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Friday, May 20, 2016

Captain America Civil War More Than Delivers!

This film has received rave reviews for the past 2 weeks, and it's grossed $990,976,153 world wide in only 14 days in the theaters! I finally got to see it this Tuesday.

One thing for certain is that the Russo Brothers are killing it when it comes to the Captain America franchise. I thought Captain America: Winter Soldier was awesome, but Captain America: Civil War is now my favorite Marvel movie to date.

Spectacular is a word that's often over-used when it comes to film reviews, but this film is absolutely spectacular. Some have criticized it for being over-stuffed, but I didn't feel that way.

Sure, I admit that I was worried that it would be over-stuffed, but I think the movie balanced all the characters out quite well for a film of this magnitude. While Avengers: Age of Ultron didn't really wow me concerning all the superheroes grouped together, this film actually did and seemed to me as less clunky.

Every superhero in this movie wowed me. Black Panther? Mamba Jamba! Black Panther was awesome! I was not disappointed when it came to the 1st black superhero in comics in his debut performance on the big screen.

On the flip side, I wasn't impressed with Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron, but this movie definitely showed just how badass the character is supposed to be. I was impressed and Elizabeth Olsen finally sold me on her as the iconic comic super heroine.

While the 3-D wasn't anything to get excited over, the action sequences were nothing short of amazing. Actually, they were some of the best action sequences in a flick that I'd ever seen.

Loads of fights between characters: most notably between Black Panther and Captain America, Black Panther and Winter Soldier, and the most given of them all - Cap vs. Iron Man. Okay, Cap and Crossbones going at it was also cool as well.

As most comic fans already know, Cap and Iron Man had a very brief and minor scrap in the comic Tales of Suspense #58. It's considered a classic comic battle, but it's not really a bang 'em up brawl. Here's some panels from the classic Silver Age battle between the two.

Hey, you gotta start somewhere right? That battle would lead to other great battles between the two in comics and eventually the awesome and climatic confrontation between Cap and Iron Man in this movie here.

Although very different from the actual first battles between the characters in the comics as expected, the fighting and stunt coordinators deserve major props. The battles were super charged, and that freeway chase scene was just pure awesome! The battle at the German airport? A visual feast for the senses!

Black Panther and Cap have a scuffle in Civil War as well. In the comics, that first battle and meeting played out in Tales of Suspense #98. Once again, a pretty brief scuffle. Not really an all-out brawl, but still considered a classic tussle nonetheless.

Yes, the fight between the two in Captain America: Civil War is much better than the comic above. Can that scene in Tales of Suspense #98 even be considered a battle? I dunno, but I'm leaning more towards, no! First meeting, yes! First team up, yes! Battle or fight, not really.

Black Panther was cool. Actually, like I said before, everyone was actually cool in this movie. Falcon actually showed off some cool action-packed moves.

Although Cap never really went up against the Vision in the movie even though they were on opposing sides, Hawkeye did first meet Vision in his debut appearance in Avengers #57. Black Panther, Goliath, and Wasp were present in this comic. Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man were not. Here's the short tussle when the Vision debuted and first met some of the Avengers team members.

Hawkeye does have a short altercation with the Vision in Civil War, but it's Scarlet Witch who mops up. After seeing that scene in the film, I was finally pleased that they showcased how powerful the character really is.

Avengers #58 is often more thought of as the 2nd appearance and origin of Vision. It's also known for when the Vision joins the team. 

However, it's pretty over-looked as the origin of Ultron as well as the first meetings between Vision and Captain America, Iron Man, and the Mighty Thor. Yes, it's when all four first meet, and this issue holds the first battle between Vision against Cap, Shell-Head and the Thunder God.

Actually, it's a test to see if Vision is worthy enough to join their ranks, but they do go at it as you can see.

They find out that Vision is pretty bad ass until Thor gets pissed and clocks him. However, it just all ends up be a test to see if Vision has what it takes. This reminds me of how street gangs jump in a new recruit.

Just some comic history for pure entertainment. Oh, okay, I don't think War Machine did all that much in Cap Civil War. I don't remember any spectacular fight scenes with him in it or ones that were up close and personal. He seemed to do a lot of chasing though.

Tom Holland as Spider-Man looks to have a lot of potential. Like Ant-Man, Spidey's scenes helped to bring humor to the movie and also really captured the wise-cracking Wall Crawler from panel to screen. Gerry said that Holland's Spidey is the best one yet. I'm leaning towards agreeing, but I still need to see how Marvel and Sony handle his first rebooted solo flick.

Ant-Man has become one of the my favorites in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was wary about Paul Rudd playing Scott Lang at first. Yeah, it was a WTF moment when he was cast, but he has proven to be a delightful addition in my opinion.

In Civil War, Ant-Man also brings a quirky, light-hearted humor to this film that definitely distinguishes Marvel's Cinematic Universe from DC's Cinematic Universe. Him blowing up in size was definitely a treat to see even if rumors had already spoiled it.

Yes, my inner-geek went ballistic when that happened in the huge fight scene. You know how when kids get super excited and look like they're spazin' out.

That's not how I was on the outside. Inside, though, inner kid was spazin'.

On another flip side, I do have to agree with another review about Captain America in the movie franchise in general. This reviewer said something to the effect of once again Captain America remains to be the least interesting character in his own film.

Now, I think Chris Evans does a good job as Steve Rogers, but when I did think about it, Cap in this franchise is kind of a dull and one-dimensional character compared to everyone else. In the First Avenger, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter stole the show. In the Winter Soldier, the Winter Soldier stole the show obviously.

In Civil War, everyone else stole the show, but the two most exciting characters were Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man who took the spotlights in the 3rd installment. Not to say that I have a problem with this. That review just made me think about it, and I do have to agree.

Captain America: Civil War is a pretty long movie. It's almost two-and-a-half hours, but it still deserves the 4 out of 5 and 5 out of 5 stars it's gotten. Every superhero was awesome in this film. I can't say that even when it comes to the first Avengers movie, in which I still couldn't help but think how Black Widow and Hawkeye seemed out of place in that film.

Not to say that the first Avengers wasn't a kick ass superhero movie. It's definitely one of my favorites for sure. In terms of comic book movies, though, Captain America: Civil War is definitely another massive achievement that really demonstrates how grand and great comic movies can be if done right.

It also did not fail to leave the audience wondering about the exciting things to come in Marvel's cinematic future! Captain America: Civil War is definitely a must watch!


  1. Yikes! I' m always behind on these movies... haven't seen X-Men Apocalypse as well. I' m going for the second Thor movie on sunday. Hope it' s a good one.

    Max Rebo

    1. I'm the same way Rebo. I usually don't like opening weekends so I wait to see a flick. Sometimes I wait too long though and have to Netflix it. Hope you enjoy Thor, bro!

  2. Civil war was good. Glad they got Spidey. Can't wait for everyone to kick Thanos' ass! I don't know if I missed it but did you do a write up about Batman v. Superman? Interested in your thoughts about that one too.