By Ivan Mateo
In “Captain America: Civil War,” the 13th Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) clearly select dividing lines on an issue involving the present and future of The Avengers. Whose side will win? Team Iron Man or Team Captain America?
The Avengers, saving and policing the world, have their fair share of supporters and detractors. Not everyone can be saved in the world, but The Avengers do what they can and when they can. The problem lies with the casualties of their actions (heroic or not).
The United Nations has chosen to agree upon the Sokovia Accords, a document basically stating The Avengers cannot go around the world doing whatever they want. If a crisis presents itself, a panel will choose whether or not The Avengers can help. Iron Man agrees with the accords when he says, “We need to be put in check. Whatever form that takes, I’m game.” In response, Captain America disagrees saying, “If we sign these accords, it takes away our right to choose.”
Marvel’s greatest heroes are far from perfect. When a team does well, mistakes and flaws tend to be ignored and swept under the rug. What happens when cracks begin to show in a hero’s armor? What if someone continues to pull at a string of weakness until all flaws are revealed? These are some of the questions The Avengers must answer. When Zemo (Daniel Br_Ò÷hl), the film’s antagonist, hatches a dastardly plot to tear The Avengers apart, Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is found smack dab in the middle of the action once again.
The best part of “Captain America: Civil War” is the various motivating factors for each character. Zemo’s motivations for his actions give a layer of complexity to his anti-Avengers plan. He does not possess powers, but he understands the weaknesses and strengths of The Avengers and how to play into them.
Each hero has a different motivation for the side he or she chooses to join. War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) choose Iron Man’s side. While Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) choose Captain America’s side.
Every character has a moment or two where he or she is given a time to shine on his or her own, either through dialogue or super power. The action proves to be well choreographed and over the top. When The Avengers siding with Captain America finally fight against The Avengers choosing to help Iron Man, intensity and hesitancy echoes between the two conflicting sides. None of them want to fight each other, but they have to. Both sides believe they are right and the other is wrong. Duals between heroes provide glimpses into each hero’s personality and leaves you begging for more action.
Marvel has a pretty good track record of new character introductions, even in cameo-like appearances. After long awaited appearances, Black Panther and Spider-Man debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) talks a lot and has fun in a confident, exuberant manner. Black Panther displays a calm, smart demeanor with a physical hand-to-hand fighting style. If Marvel was trying to build anticipation for its standalone films, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther,” then job well done.
One-liners, a staple of Marvel films, are still alive and well thanks to all the characters. Ant-Man is guilty of this more than once along with Spider-Man and others. The chemistry and banter between the Winter Soldier and Falcon is unexpected and leaves you wanting more.
“Captain America: Civil War” gives every opportunity it can to each of its characters, especially since Marvel knows how to juggle an assortment of moving parts to find a smooth balance between all of them.
The film tasks the audience with picking a hero to side with. As the narrative progresses, the choice presented is not as clear-cut as it once was. Both sides display a black and white choice, when in actuality audiences are looking at a moral dilemma colored in grey.
The Captain America series of films have arguably been the best Marvel films besides “The Avengers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Iron Man.” This iteration ranks among the best Marvel has to offer.
“Captain America: Civil War” is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem.
“Captain America: Civil War” is playing in theaters now.
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‘Captain America: Civil War’
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