Captain America: Civil War could easily be a metaphor for when you and a big group of friends hit up the bar on a Saturday night. You’re having a good time at first and your ensemble is the life of the party who no one dares to challenge. Then as the bar tab grows bigger, things aren’t as congenial anymore. A simple conversation turns into a heated debate, your girl breaks a glass and before you know it, your clique is pushing and shoving each other while getting kicked out of the bar by the bouncers. Replace the alcohol with superpowers and Earth as the pub and you have the newest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America: Civil War.

Set after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Civil War has the Avengers being viewed more as threats than saviors after their heroics left certain locations in devastation. So with the support of a now retired Iron Man Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), a plan is created to put a leash on the Avengers dictating where and when they should get involved in global situations. This distribution of power bothers the Avenger’s leader Captain America (Chris Evans), which begins to fracture the team. To make matters worse, the whole world including Chadwick Boseman as the cool and mysterious Black Panther is looking for Cap’s best buddy assassin The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) for his past crimes under Hydra control.

The title of the movie is Captain America: Civil War, but make no doubt about it. This is an Avengers movie told from Steve Rogers’ point of view. There are a ton of players involved, unlike some of the past MCU standalone films, which does create a certain amount of exposition in Civil War explaining each characters reasoning for their alliances. This does make the running time feel a bit long, but is needed to understand where our heroes are coming from with their choices. Plus in all this setup, we get to witness the off the charts chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and newcomer Tom Holland who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The banter between the two will get you so excited for what’s to come in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, where Downey Jr. is set to appear as Tony Stark.

Captain America: Civil War may have a prolonged first act, but unlike the dull and dumb Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the second and third acts make up for the gradual start. When Team Cap takes on Team Iron Man, the Avenger melee turns into the best superhero action scene put on film. The jaw dropping and even humorous sequence allows us to see Spider-Man where he belongs throwing down with the likes of Falcon, Vision and Ant-Man. Speaking of Ant-Man, Paul Rudd absolutely steals the show in the Marvel battle royal with some GIANT moments and well-timed laughs. Between Spider-Man, Ant-Man and the rest of the crew, geeks will be ready to explode in their seats with nerdgasms over frames of film ripped right from the comics.

Even though Captain America: Civil War doesn’t match the solid pace or emotional depth of the Russos’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the newest installment in the MCU is a very entertaining entry in the overall franchise. Evans and Downey Jr. are at the top of their game playing friends turned foes who both make solid points as to who is right and who is wrong.  There’s a lot of grey area in the film, which makes the audience think who they should really be rooting for in this super struggle. Captain America: Civil War is a rare superhero movie that makes you think about the importance of controlling the ultimate power, while still giving you a glorious spectacle that will leave you smiling ear to ear.

Overall, I give Captain America: Civil War 3.25 out of 4 stars. 

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