Review: Captain America: Civil War (Spoiler Alert)


Kaitlyn Cashdollar, Reporter

Captain America: Civil War is one of the best marvel movies I’ve seen since the original Avengers movie. It was gripping and always had me on the edge of my seat. The cast and the combination of characters from the MCU was perfectly constructed. Overall, I was very pleased with the performance.

All great movies have flaws. Opposite to the new marvel Fantastic Four movie, Captain America: Civil War had too little plot development and a lot of action. Now, I’m not complaining about the excess of battles between the two sides; there were some amazing fight scenes. However, there were many aspects of the plot that were left undeveloped. One of these aspects was Brock Rumlow (Crossbones). He came in at the very beginning of movie, and contributed little to none to the plot, other than his death. They built him up before the movie, and I expected him to be a problem and villain throughout the whole film. Instead, he was just a wasted use of a villain.

Baron Zemo, the main villain of the movie, had little to no character growth. It was only at the end of the movie that we found out that his family died in Sokovia. Previously, he was just a mindless psychotic villain, with no backstory or motivation. He was a great villain, but there was more of his character to be explored.

Another part of the plot that was undeveloped was the Sokovian Accords. These are a set of internationally ratified legal documents that are supposed to control and enforce enhanced individuals, particularly the Avengers. In the trailers, they made it seem like the whole conflict of the movie was these accords. In reality, the movies conflict was mainly based off of James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. He is framed by Baron Zemo for the bombing of the signing of the Sokovian Accords. The government then goes after him, and Captain America tries to protect him. Tony is against him doing this, not only because he hasn’t signed the accords, but because he thinks that Bucky should be controlled by the government. The whole point of half the movie was to protect Bucky and get him out of the governments hands.

Despite these problems in the plot line, the movie was a brilliant piece of work. One of my favorite parts was the combination of the different MCU characters. Of these, there were many heroes that were just introduced to the avengers. These include Ant-Man, Spiderman, and Black Panther. I thought that they did a great job of developing these characters in the little time that they had in the movie. Ant-Man had his own movie, so he didn’t need as much developing. Black Panther’s movie is yet tone released until 2018, and Spiderman’s movie will be released in 2017. They did a wonderful job of introducing these heroes, and setting up for their return in their independent movies. Spiderman, in particular, was done well. I thought his humor and character was done nicely. His relationship with Tony was brilliant, and its exciting to think that he will be in the Spiderman movie as well.

Black Panther is a whole other story. He was much more serious, but that did not stop me from enjoying his character. His development from the hopeful man at the accords signing, and the vengeful man who tried to kill the man who murdered his father. I am excited to see where his story will lead us in the independent movie.

Now here’s the question that has been on everyones mind since the Civil War movie was first announced. Does Captain America live or die at the end of this movie? This theory first formed from the comics, where Cap does die. Fans feared that this would transfer into the movie as well. Captain America’s story, however, does not end in Civil War. Whether this is a good to bad decision, is yet to be decided. I am happy that Steve will be in the Infinity War movies, and that his relationships with his friends and foes will develop more. However, the anticipation of his death, or at least one persons death, was built throughout the whole movie. At the end, when no one died, it was a bit anticlimactic.

Overall, the movie was a very well done piece, and I am looking forward to the relationships build again in the infinity wars. Another thing that might be important for you, when you watch it, there are TWO end credit scenes. One is at the very beginning of the credits, and one at the very end. Be prepared.