Marvel is back on stage with its film no. 13 and the odd number doesn’t do much to put it out of luck. Captain America: Civil War is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. ( Tony Stark / Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Sebastian Stan ( Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Rudd (Ant Man), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Daniel Brühl ( Helmut Zemo).
The film is directed by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joseph who wielded the megaphone for the last Captain America flick. As always, Marvel has presented this creation.
Things get personal in this installment of Captain America as a moral dilemma splits the team into two. Post the catastrophes in Washington D.C, New York and Sokovia, and after a year later, an incident in Lagos makes the governments across the globe passes the Sokovia Accords which will govern the Avengers and in other words, gain authority over the control of our beloved superheroes. With the blood in his hands still wet, Tony Stark agrees to it while Steve Rogers considers his own decisions to make more sense.
Meanwhile, Bucky, who’s controlled by Hydra, sets the wheels in motion which indirectly causes the death of the Wakandan King T’Chaka. T’Chalia, the Prince, takes a vow to take down the assassin and dons the Black Panther role. As the difference in opinion worsens, Hemlut Zemo, a Sokovian with the aim to destroy Avengers to avenge the death of his family, makes things worse which ends in a face off between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Will the indifferences be sorted out and who wins the upper hand in the clash forms the crux of Captain America: Civil War.
With barely days post the release of DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Marvel has upped its competition with this flick. Just like the previous Avengers, this too is a battle royale of sorts. The only difference this time is that the fight isn’t against a race of aliens or an android gone haywire but among themselves. Almost the entire crew returns to the ring and unsurprisingly, they don’t come together in one go, but they all get their share of screen space in the name of ‘intro’ scenes. New to the franchise are T’Chalia aka Black Panther and Spider-Man (Yet another fresh start).
There is the more than usual dash of emotional roller coasters which the characters go through thanks to their troubled pasts. The film dwells deeper into the backstory and the transitions only makes the film even more interesting. With a plethora of characters, the director duo has done a good job in joining the dots. As always, the CGI and action sequences are a pleasure to watch. There’s also the witty one-lines and wacky humor sense that the franchise is known for. Cinematography deserves a special mention and Marvel only seems to get better by the film in this department.
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. get the major chunk of the cake and as audience one cannot ask for more. The newbies bring in some new territory to look out for and help in expanding the universe. Others have done their part and there isn’t much to pin point and mention.
Stan Lee makes his trademark cameo and after the intentionally mundane post credit scene inDeadpool, this film does get back on its glorious tracks. Captain America: Civil War is yet another specimen to double as an example for the Marvel studio’s story telling skills which entertains the movie goers but doesn’t break any new grounds.