Civil War was a giant project with many moving parts but it accomplished all the goals it set out for itself with the help of amazing writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFreely, with the clear directing of Anthony and Joe Russo. The main conflict for our heroes in Civil War is who do you fight for and how will you fight for them? This conflict is laid on the background of many social issues such as surveillance, privacy and accountability.
A lot of what makes Civil War such a great movie are the scenes in which the heroes we know and love are not in costume. They are sitting around tables and talking, which is where the writing really shined through. Markus and McFreely did an excellent job at juggling all the heroes and their lines while also being able to show where they stand morally in certain conflicts. Not only was dialogue appropriate and fitting to each scene but the overall story was executed fantastically and tied cleanly into events of previous films. The story unfolded seamlessly and was capped off in a very satisfying way but also gives you the want for more (which, thank god we will get). The writers did a great job at making sure each character was paced properly and given equal footing. An example of this is giving Ant-Man and Spider-man more comedic roles which took the weight off Iron-man in being the comic relief.
As I had said before the film has many moving parts which makes it almost feel as though it is 2 and half different movies. In the case of Civil war, this is not a bad thing. We are shown the various sides of conflict of each team and still given time to enjoy side plots like Spider-man and setting up future events.
As for our main title hero, Captain American, it can be said he has one of the best film trilogies of all time. Civil War gives us a good look into Caps beliefs and his place in the MCU. He doesn’t bend for anyone, not even Tony Stark. Moving onto Tony Stark it could be said Civil War gives us one of the best developed and well rounded Tony Stark/Iron-man-stories ever. Robert Downy Jr. shows us his acting range in this film, something we haven’t really seen in the other Iron-man movies.
I will not say too much about Spider-man other than he is a complete treat to watch on screen and as a big Spider-man fan I could not be happier. This is the best Spider-man yet. I am so excited for Tom Holland and the rest of his Spider-man/Peter Parker career.
Overall the movie felt like an Avengers movie, which is not a bad thing. It even felt a bit more Avengery than Age of Ultron. The film set its goals and they were clear, the narrative was not jarring and yet it was able to take us to so many different places. Every character was used to the best of their ability without taking away the light from each other. I can’t say more good things about this film and I cannot wait to see it again. It is everything I ever wanted from a superhero movie and seeing some of the characters standing side by side made me so happy. If you told me 5 years ago Spider-man would be standing next to the Avengers I wouldn’t believe you. I’m so happy with Captain America: Civil War.