With Captain America: Civil War, the Marvel mini-series that had huge ramifications across the universe finally comes to the big screen. However, it’s not quite the same as the original comic book series was given that Fox owns the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four. That said, it’s still a really awesome film.
Just as in the comics, Steve Rogers’ Captain America is pitted against Tony Stark’s Iron Man. Cap is backed by Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Scarlet Witch while Tony is joined by Black Widow, War Machine, Vision and Black Panther following Tony Stark. Stark also has one Peter Parker up his sleeve as Spider-Man finally joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Stamford incident in the comics is replaced by an incident in Lagos as the Scarlet Witch uses her telekinesis to prevent a bomb from going off an killing hundreds of people. Unfortunately, she was unable to prevent the blast from destroying a building. This soon leads to the United Nations passing the Sokovia Accords. The only question is just how many Avengers will sign on and abide by the accords?
Meanwhile, at a conference to ratify the accords in Vienna, someone that appears to look like Bucky Barnes lets off a bomb that kills Wakandan king T’Chaka. His son, T’Challa, vows to kill the person responsible. Unfortunately for him, it’s the wrong person as Bucky was framed by Helmet Zero, who used to work for Sokovian intelligence.
It is later revealed after Stark arrives in Siberia to set up a truce with Rogers and Barnes that Barnes was responsible for the deaths of Stark’s parents. Rogers knew some of the details but didn’t know everything. Rogers and Barnes go up against Stark in a battle that may test their friendship.
There are a lot of players in this film but it never really feels like it’s too crowded. It’s just crowded enough to be an enjoyable film.
What we know during the end of the movie: Cap breaks his team out of the Raft prison and mails a phone to Tony Stark, delivered by the great Stan Lee. Black Widow is in hiding. Bucky goes into stasis at a facility in Wakanda. James Rhodes is paralyzed by Tony provides him with braces that allow him to walk again. Thor and Hulk are not in the movie as the next Thor movie is said to be taking place around the same time and mostly in the cosmos. That being said, the events of this movie will impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years to come.
Anthony & Joe Russo direct from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. The Avengers-sized cast includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Marisa Tomei, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.
The first movie of MCU Phase 3, Captain America: Civil War, is in theaters now.