Length: 146 minRating: PG-13Release Date: 6 May 2016 (USA)Tagline: "United we stand. Divided we fall."
"Captain, while a great many people see you as a hero, there are some who prefer the word vigilante. You've operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That's something the world can no longer tolerate."
Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
While most people love the Avengers, there are those who only see the death and destruction they leave in their wake. After a mission gone wrong destroys the lives of innocents in Lagos, Nigeria, the governments of the world put forward the Anti-Hero Registration Act. This will limit the Avenger’s positions to be a force of good. They will answer to a committee, who will approve or disapprove of any threats, and the team will have to fall in line. Signing such a document is safer for the world (apparently), but doesn’t give the Avengers permission to jump around the world as they please.
And here is the source of the civil war. Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) is all for signing, remembering a young boy who was killed in Sokovia (the events that happen in Avengers: Age of Ultron) and the future that their mission deprive him of. Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) is against signing, fearing what will happen in those times when they need to go against the orders given to them, for the greater good. In particular, the good of figuring out who framed his best friend, Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Solider) and who is controlling his actions.
The team is split in two: Team Iron Man, who have all signed the document and want to bring Bucky in for the crimes he’s committed, and Team Captain America, who wants to prove that Bucky was being used and there’s good in him. As the story plays out, there’s a bad guy (duh) who has planned the entire thing from the beginning to get the Avengers to tear each other a part. I won’t go into too much detail for fear of spoiling it for you.
What I loved about this movie (other than the fact it’s a Marvel film, obviously) is that with the split of the team, both sides needed to bring in other people. Tony not only has Black Panther on his side (who is adamant that Bucky must die because spoilers), but he heads to Queens to recruit…a young Spiderman. And this incarnation, if you like, of our arachnid friend is played by Tom Holland. I was a little skeptical about bringing Spiderman into this Avengers’ world (even though they’re in the same Universe and technically it’s okay), but he was actually wonderful and a really fun, light hearted addition to Team Iron Man. Vision, Black Widow and War Machine are also siding with Iron Man.
On Team Captain America there’s the Winter Soldier, Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye and Sharon Carter (an agent). But they also bring in the hilarious Scott Lang, who is Ant-Man. The connection there is that in the Ant-Man movie (2015) Scott meets the Falcon as he flies into the Avenger’s base.
I really liked this movie, and I think it was a good end of the Captain America films (as I don’t believe there will be any more. Correct me, please, if I’m wrong). I liked the addition of Black Panther (his own moving is coming in Phase 3 of the Marvel films), of Spiderman (again, another movie coming later) and the crazy Ant-Man. If you’re a Marvel fan, then you’ve probably already seen it, but if not, then it is worth watching. I love the humour in these films too, and takes a more light-hearted approach in the midst of some hard-core action.
I mentioned more movies in Phase 3 – we’re currently at the very beginning of Phase 3, with the release of Civil War. Phase one was Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008) , Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012).
Phase 2 was Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Ant-Man (2015).
Phase 3 is looking really exciting, with Doctor Strange coming out at the end of this year. 2017 will be Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnorak (the last Thor film). In 2018 we’ve got to look forward to the Black Panther movie, Ant-Man & The Wasp, and part 1 of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s not until an entire year later that we’ll get part 2 of Infinity War, but in 2019 we’ll also get Captain Marvel, and Inhumans, a word which you would recognise from the greater Marvel world and S.H.I.E.l.D.
So there we have it! A good movie, and just a heads up – there are 2 after credits clips. Wait until right at the end.