Captain America: Civil War

In preparation for BLACK PANTHER, the next installment in the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE, I decided to rewatch CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (or CAP ‘MURICA 3).

WINTER SOLDIER has always been favourite installment in the MCU and on first viewing back in 2016 I felt CIVIL WAR just didn’t match the quality of it’s predecssor. It was all too bloated and busy for my tastes. However on reevaluation, 2 years later, I think CIVIL WAR ranks amongst the best offerings the MCU has forced down our throats.

Firstly, bringing back the RUSSO BROTHERS to direct was a fantastic desicion. They expertly pace and build up a compelling story, as well as handle the plethora of characters with ease and respect. It’s extremley rare to see an ensemble of this magnitude, handled so well and not feel like any actor was underutilised.

The standout performance for me had to be BLACK PANTHER. I wish he was in it a little more, which only leaves me thirsting with anticipation that much more for his debut solo movie this month.

I must admit I was super apprehensive knowing that PETER PARKER was going to be shoehorned into this MCU installment. Yes, it was rushed and underdeveloped and totally came from leftfield – BUT – it worked. SPIDER-MAN was built up and ready to rock within minutes of being introduced. Much like how they handled T’CHALA. A part of my wish all superhero origins stories were 3 minutes long. But I suppose when you have a cast this large, there is zero time for bloat.

Unlike AGE OF ULTRON, I genuinley believed the conflict between STARK and RODGERS. There is clarity and justification on both parts as to which side of the SOKOVIA ACCORDS they stand.

As much as I loved the visual extravaganza that was the airport battle, I couldn’t help feel it was a bit extreme that the heroes would try to kill each other in the way that attempted. Almost cold blooded and heartless. The battle was between STARK and RODGERS. Why did they drag everyone else into it and risk their lives? T’CHALA’s motivation to kill the WINTER SOLDIER was as clear as day, but why risk ANT-MAN’s or SPIDER-MAN’s lives. They were conscripted almost needlessly. This was CIVIL WAR’s ‘portal opens up in the sky’ sin, in my eyes.

ZEMO is my favourite MCU villain so far. He is not superpowered. He doesnt want world domination. He simply wants to end HYDRA and the AVENGERS. The AVENGERS were responsible for the death of his family and thousands of others innocents. Yes he took the law into his own hands, but boy did he come the closest to actually destroying the avengers. ZEMO actually does end the AVENGERS line up as we knew it. Superb and about damn time.

I feel this movie should have been named AVENGERS 3: CIVIL WAR, as the sole focus isn’t STEVE ROGERS. The roster is extensive enough to not be a CAPTAIN AMERICA movie. However, the movie was refreshing in the fact that it didn’t have a portal to another dimension open up in the sky – which probably disqualified it from obtaining an ‘AVENGERS’ moniker.

Despite my moaning and groaning, I was thrilled to my (cross)bones.

🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄 of five.

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