So, I watched Captain America: Civil War on Sunday night.
But, as you know, the film is like another Avengers film with many superheroes in one movie – except this time, they’re fighting each other. Like, beating each other so badly it makes it look like they want to kill each other.
The fight initiates when Steve Rogers (Captain America), no longer trusting the government because of previous deceptions, refuses to sign the United Nations’ Sokovia Accords, which will establish an international governing body that regulates the actions of superhumans. However, Tony Stark (Iron Man) wishes to sign the Act because he feels responsible for his actions in The Avengers’ sequel, Age of Ultron. Hence the team is divided over this, splitting Captain America (his team includes The Winter Soldier, Falcon, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye) and Iron Man (with War Machine, Vision, Spider Man, Black Panther and Black Widow, though she acts as a double agent. I knew it – she wouldn’t betray Cap).
I am not at all a fan of spoilers, so if I drop a few here and there I am extremely sorry. I won’t give out a huge OMIGOSH DARTH VADER IS LUKE’S FATHER spoiler anyway. You might not even consider them as spoilers, so allow me to move right along.
Civil War is packed with action, fighting and damage. Yep, sounds like a superhero movie to me. But this one didn’t have a plain and dragging storyline. This one wasn’t another MUAHAHA I’M GONNA KILL YOU superhero movie, albeit there was a lot of killing because, hello, it’s a superhero film. It actually meant something. It explored the value of friendships, as well as the futility of revenge and the damage it can cause. Even though these awesome Avengers ended up fighting each other in the most epic of all action movie sequences – the airport scene – the fight only happened because both Rogers and Stark believed they were doing what was right. Also because, towards the end of the movie, *something* angered Stark, and another fight begins (I’ll tell you now – it’s super emotional). To me, it’s still a little obscure as to who was really right in the end, but Cap saved the day once again by apologising to Stark for what happened and telling him “We’re still friends and I’m there for you.” Cue the aww’s and bring in the chocolates and tissues.
I love the friendship between Captain and Bucky. And even when Bucky was a brainwashed-fighting-machine-with-anger-issues-and-an-indestructible-metal-arm, Captain still did not fail his best friend. Even when he and Stark had a little (okay maybe huge) ‘disagreement’, Rogers still apologised. He didn’t want bad blood spilled all over the Avengers.
Okay okay…you just gotta love Cap’n. You just gotta.
What I love about the Avengers in this particular film is that after all the times they damaged city to city – killing many people – it becomes more evident in this movie than in previous films that they feel responsible for their actions, and know that they must be held accountable for them. Guilt and distress are perceptible in their faces. And it brought them to fighting each other in the first place; they felt sorrow. Compassion. Pity. Guilt. It slowly started to eat them up. It slowly started to tear them apart. They did what they felt was right. One hero stood by the other, while another hero stood against him. They couldn’t handle the pressure of being responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. A disagreement may have divided the Avengers, but their friendship united them once again.
I am not trying to sugarcoat anything because sadly, no Hollywood movie lives up to the good morals we Catholics believe in. The fact that the Avengers fight each other in this movie is not entirely a good thing, obviously. It’s good guys vs good guys – that’s not how it should be. But people, even other Christians say Civil War is much better than Batman vs Superman. Like it said on the Civil War posters: “United we stand. Divided we fall.” It’s true. The Avengers never even intended to fight each other – a disagreement just became something worse. But in the end, they realise it was all for nothing. That they’re friends who have one common goal – to make the world a better place.
Now to the AMAZING characters.
good-looking Chris Evans as Captain America and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes. Oh yeah.
Tom Holland’s Spider Man. New addition to the Marvel family, but he’s funny. Like, the Iron Man and Spider Man scene in Civil War was a fun comedic breather from all the edge-of-your-seat, biting-your-nails-even-though-I-don’t-do-that-but-pretend-to-because-it-was-all-too-epic action sequences.
Okay, can we just talk about
Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman’s American accent as Everett Ross??!! #onpoint
Seriously though, what happened to Captasha in The Winter Soldier??!!
Oh, and Ant-Man. Don’t forget Ant-Man. “Thinks for thanking of me.” He’s, like, super hilarious.
Captain America: Civil War is a 2 and 1/2 hour wittily scripted, action-packed movie that will surely bring you to the edge of your seats. An amazingly epic film which shows that revenge and a friend-to-friend war will get you nowhere.
Like God says, unite yourself with Him and other Christians and you shall find peace.
Now, I’m (not so) patiently waiting for Avengers 3. And Captain America 4. PWEASE. 🙂