Yesterday I and my girlfriend went to Apple Cinemas (small local cinema) to watch Captain America: Civil War. As an all time Marvel fan, I was stoked to see this movie; especially after reading such wonderful reviews being made and how this movie is Marvel's best so far. Well, buckle up because I am going to do some nitpicking and tell you why it is not the best movie so far and why it is the best movie so far.
1) You get to see Marvel doing the best in creativity!
From the new characters such as Spider-man to Black Panther, Marvel does it again with the fun and action packed creativity. We first got seeds planted in our brain for Spider-man, Ant-Man, and Black Panther in Ant-Man's movie with small references. Most of us have especially been curious about how Marvel was going to portray their flagship character, Spider-man after so many Sony attempts. This time, Spider-man is being played by a younger fellow, Mr. Thomas Holland, and not some late 20 year old guy who is trying to be a high school/college student. So hats off to Marvel for straightening things out for us. You gave us the "Friendly Neighborhood" Spider-man.
In the movie, Tony and Steve are not on the same page with being tied to the Government with their future actions since for Steve, this would be giving your freedom to the 117 governments who signed on this accord. Tony, on the other hand, believes that they should be put to check so that it would be the responsible act for both future moves and for PR. After all, they sort of collapsed buildings on to innocent people without knowing (collateral damage?) I guess the mother figure made real sense to this billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist to act sensible and responsible. Once the major heroes set their ways apart, they begin recruiting for their teams. Iron Man gets the spider boi whereas Cap gets our good old Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man).
In the movie, you sort of see Black Panther floating around and he is definitely the weight bringer in the movie to balance things out in the righteous way. The guy is not interested in our Avengers, he is just trying to avenge his own dad for being murdered. He is after Bucky so Captain has to protect his old friend from being torn apart by Black Panther.
Spider-Man's humor wins our hearts more in this movie because he has the humor of a teen. Being fan struck with all the major league heroes and trying to impress "Mr. Stark" with his performance. Spidey really really wants to be a part of this elite squad. He takes down a lot of the guys too, starting with taking over Captain's shield. His fight with Bucky and Falcon was truly magnificent with the extensive talk Spider-Man put in.
From one insect to another, Ant-Man plays it big in this movie with being "Giant-Man". He has tried it in the lab and fainted but what the hell, he will still give it a try for some good distraction. Right at that moment, Tony wanted to know if anyone was hiding anything in his team that should be put to show LOL. Making me also feel old, Spider-Man reminds us the Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back scene with the AT AT and how you get to destroy them with the string shooters and takes care of Giant-Man. (impressive kid!)
2) EASTER EGGS!!! EASTER EGGS!!! EASTER EGGS!!!
Where to begin?!?! So many Easter Eggs were in this movie that it was head spinning!
Stark family returns - as holograms! At an MIT Alumni Event, Tony Stark is the keynote speaker talking about how innovation and his past were making him who he is right now. He supported every student sitting there with limitless funding for their research and encouraged them to pursue further into the future. We see Tony revisiting the day his parents died so you could already tell that this scene has to do with something in the movie.
Where is Pepper Potts? I truly wished to see Gwyneth Paltrow in this movie but it didn't happen. With all that has happened in the movie, it was kind of challenging to focus on what happened between her and Tony. I guess she just couldn't take on the stress of losing Tony during a fight.
Spider-Man gets an upgrade from Tony Stark after Tony's visit to Spidey's house. Just like our friend Deadpool, we can see the animated eyes of Spider-Man and read emotions better. The post-credits scene also gives us the Spider Signal designed by Tony Stark for Peter Parker. Speaking of Spider-Man, let's visit how attractive and young Aunt May is in this movie. The shapes, forms, and sizes have always been mentioned in this movie for the characters played by different actors/actresses. This played a huge part for Marisa Tomei's Aunt May and how Tony Stark was flirty with her (although he didn't really like the cookies)
Starting with the "Sokovia Accords" you get a glimpse of #tbt moments in Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this time from the casualties' point of view. It hasn't been an easy task to manage all these without a single error. The heroes probably had no idea about the death toll they had of innocent souls while they were fighting for their battles. To them, they were just saving the world; which they did. You can see the split of ideas appearing more with such tangible examples being given to our heroes to either empathize with or just perceive it as collateral damage.
So long Peggy Carter! I was expecting to see somebody die in this movie but never knew that it was going to be Peggy Carter, one of the founding members of SHIELD and Steve's sweetheart. Steve receives a text message saying "She is gone in her sleep" and the scene takes us to London with Steve taking the lead in carrying Peggy's coffin at the funeral. We then learn that Sharon Carter, Steve's "nurse neighbor" from Winter Soldier (actually a SHIELD agent) is related to Peggy Carter and that she learned from the best. We also see Steve being influenced and inspired by Sharon's talk and I guess his feelings about the accords get stronger with such an unplanned tragedy.
Hello Thunderbolt Ross! We see General Ross appear as the Secretary of State in front of our team of mighty heroes to give them a spiel on the accords. Ross does not miss out on Banner and Thor and asks Captain if he knows where they are. With no answer given to Ross, I guess the Avengers are clueless like we are about Thor: Ragnarok.
I have already written about Ant-Man turning into Giant-Man above so that is covered LOL
Redwing takes a mechanical form in this movie. In the comic book, the Falcon shares a telepathic connection with a live falcon which he calls "Redwing" I guess it was easier to digest for the viewers to see a drone rather than a live falcon but the name kept the same!
Stairwells are the recent trend for Marvel after the limbs being cut off. From Daredevil to Deadpool we have been seeing fighting scenes in limited corridors and stairwells and Civil War also had a cool multiple level stairwell fight for us.
Hawkeye & Ant-Man Team Up! Most of us know from the comic book (Avengers #223) that Ant-Man has this strategy with Hawkeye to be bolted out from his bow into the air. Seeing this iconic scene was definitely amazing!
Will Bucky ever be the new Captain America? Steve Rogers does not die in this movie since Crossbones (Brock Rumlow) dies and Sharon Carter shares a hot kiss with Steve. We see Bucky take a hold of the shield multiple times while fighting side by side with Captain America. With Bucky being frozen again, this time in Wakanda, I do not think Steve Rogers will be killed off anytime soon. The viewers got too familiar and close to Steve Rogers and killing him this early would not result well.
Vision and Wanda Maximov - the love story? Although we do not see Wanda and Vision get hitched like in the comic book, we see them get closer in this movie. From Vision getting dressed in human outfits to him trying to cook food for Wanda, we see small flirts between the two.
Bucky kills Tony's parents! - I knew from the Winter Soldier movie that Bucky was the one who murdered Tony's parents because Zola said "Accidents Happen" showing newspaper articles about Howard Stark's Car Crash and Nicholas J. Fury's "Death". As striking and emotional as it may seem, Tony should have taken a step back and thought about this before acting so recklessly on it like he did with Iron Man 3 and Mandarin. I guess Tony has real issues on controlling his emotions. Way to go Zemo on manipulating with one single video footage.
The iconic fight between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers happens in Siberia (not on top of corpses) and the Civil War comic book cover is recreated in one scene where Captain America and Iron Man clash with the shield deflecting the rays of Iron Man.
"The Great Futurist" is here! These were the words Hawkeye yelled when Tony Stark walked into "Prison 42" but takes more inspiration from the "Raft" In the middle of nowhere, under the ocean, Tony Stark does his commute with his "Stark Industries" chopper that is equipped with an Iron-Man suit he puts on with the push of a button.
"Never trust a Stark!" Hank Pym said to Scott Lang in Ant-Man the movie and we see that repeated in the Raft by Scott to Tony within a few seconds of screen time.
Stan Lee and Tony Stank! The father of Marvel is always a fun cameo to spot in almost every Marvel movie. In every movie theater I watch a Marvel movie, Stan Lee always gets applauded by the viewers. This time it was Stan Lee as a FedEx Delivery man who pays a visit to the Avengers Facility. Asking for "Tony Stank" he delivers a letter and a cellphone to Tony Stark from Captain America. We will never forget about Tony Stank for sure!
Black Panther and Wakanda - After seeing Bucky frozen again with his metal arm not replaced. We get a glimpse of the might Wakanda. From waterfalls to large Black Panther statues, Wakanda definitely looks like a land with a lot to offer for a stand alone movie.
1) Why the hell are you even fighting each other? After we left the movie, I got this disturbing feeling of constantly asking why they were fighting. We all saw so many deep movies out there such as Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, and Avengers with such complicated plans that the mighty team should have learned their lesson by now and actually should have done some detective work. If it weren't for Zemo to give the hotel service a call for breakfast we wouldn't have known about the dead guy in the bath tub and wouldn't have learned about the mask of Bucky. So all of a sudden, was it worth fighting each other? It was, probably because we wanted to see them in action LOL but it just didn't sit right with me after the movie ended.
2) The only one to complain - Rhodes aka War Machine! After the airport battle between our heroes, we see Rhodes get a misfire by the Vision and fall drastically almost to his death since both Iron Man and the Falcon try to save him but can't get there in time. Luckily, Rhodes did not die on us but he got paralyzed. He informs Tony that after 138 flight operations he did he never faced anything like this and he fights for the common good. After this incident Rhodes said he still doesn't regret it. Well I guess it sucks for you but you are the only one who has a serious damage to complain about out of this meaningless fighting. Hopefully that Stark tech will give you incredible leg strength.
3) Zemo was under sold. I don't know if it was because of Inglorious Bastards or not but I saw a lot of similarities between the two and it sort of didn't give me that Zemo vibe from the comics. It was a very simple character who, somehow, happened to succeed in ruining things that easily but there was no character to him. I was expecting something like Loki who had tons of character to read from.
4) Worries me for the future movies! With all these characters around you almost have a mouth watering experience but it is head spinning. On top of all these heroes e still have Guardians of the Galaxy to interact with the Avengers and I do not know how Marvel is planning to balance that one out. Don't get me wrong I am stoked for the Infinity War movies but I am also scared that it won't be as good as the earlier movies. Luckily the Civil War was definitely not a Batman vs. Superman LMFAO!!!
5) CGI is sometimes too unreal! During some of the scenes of the movie you could pick up on the CGI effects really well because they are too apparent. From a car in a chase scene to Ant-Man in the group scene some CGI effects were not as good as the previous ones.
6) Marvel movies are known for their amazing soundtracks and the creative composers they work with. Although I enjoy listening to Henry Jackman's music, this movie's soundtrack lacked the spirit of Captain America and other heroes and did not really stick with me. Normally if I listen to soundtracks I can re-imagine the scenes from the movies that are connected to the soundtrack but with this movie it really didn't sit right.
I strongly believe Winter Soldier was the best Marvel movie still but Civil War is a great offering by Marvel with plenty of fun action packed scenes and new faces to enjoy. Looking forward to all of the near future movies such as Doctor Strange of whom I haven't even seen any easter eggs of. Stoked to know that Spider-Man is getting his own movie with the creative vision of Marvel, Spider-Man the Homecoming!
Have you seen the movie yet? If so, what did you think about it? Comment your thoughts and more easters eggs you have seen down below!