by Jacob Hayes
Directed by the Russo brothers, Captain America:Civil War features a powerful story line anchored by an amazing Chris Evans.
Taking place shortly after the fall of Sokovia in Age of Ultron, the film follows the Avengers to Wakanda where they finally track down Crossbones, a mercenary hell-bent on ruining the Avengers. Crossbones and his men are quickly disabled by Scarlet Witch and Falcon, the newest members of the team. Crossbones begins making a run for it when Captain America confronts him. Cornered, Crossbones charges Captain America and pulls the pin on his vest of explosives. Scarlet Witch contains the explosion using her telekinetic powers and throws the explosion upward; unfortunately, it’s too close to a building, and it causes multiple casualties. The remainder of the film focuses on the Sokovia accords and whether the Avengers should sign them. Captain America decides not to sign because he doesn’t want to be controlled by an organization. He believes that organizations have agendas, and agendas can change at any time. Tony Stark, however, wants to sign after a mother blames the Avengers for the death of her son who died in the Wakanda accident while studying abroad. Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Bucky Barnes and Ant-Man join Captain America as he fights against Tony, who demands they sign. War Machine, Black Widow, Vision, Black Panther and Spider-Man support Tony as he tries to make Captain America sign the accords.
The film juggles everything perfectly and leaves nothing in the air. It handles a massive cast, extends the character arcs of our veteran Avengers, and informs the audience about its newest members. Iron Man and Wanda are both broken from the events in Wakanda. Falcon and War Machine follow their friends no matter what decision they make. Black Panther sides with Iron Man after “Bucky” destroys the building where the accords were going to be signed, and it killed Panther’s father.
Panther shows the most growth among the new Avengers; he spends a large portion of the film hunting Bucky for killing his father. When Panther finds the man who really kills his father, he spares him because he’s made peace with his father’s death and will leave him to the justice system.
In the second act, Captain America’s team makes a rush for the wing jet, but not before Tony and his team confront him. A battle ensues, and the fight does a terrific job of balancing great action sequences while utilizing the Ant-man’s always funny Paul Rudd. Rudd does an excellent job of giving fan service to those who love the Avenger comic books. He sits on the end of Hawk Eye’s arrow and even grows to 20 feet in height.
In the end the focus of the film is still Captain America as it features him struggling to help his war buddy, even if it means taking down Tony to do so.
+Comic book references