Although DC Comics showed some promise with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and trailers of the upcoming Suicide Squad, let’s face it, for all intents and purposes this is officially the “Age of Marvel.”
Since introducing Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in 2008, the studio has taken over the silver screen, ushering in hit after hit despite a few misses along the way. Now, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have delivered a wildly impressive entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: Civil War.
Picking up where Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, the film easily tops its successors by exploring the dynamics behind our favorite band of superheroes while somehow managing to raise the bar for the highly anticipated Infinity Wars.
Following an international disaster that leaves the team under intense public scrutiny, Iron Man urges them to come together to sign the Sokovia Accords, named after the city destroyed at the end of Age of Ultron. The legislation threatens to change their very way of life by allowing the United Nations to control each step they take, a move that Captain America (Chris Evans) refuses to do. Drawing loosely from the 2006-2007 Marvel Comics series, centered in the background is Hemut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) who holds the key to Cap’s childhood friend Bucky Barnes' (Sebastian Stan) mysterious past.
The film finds the team fighting a new enemy –themselves – as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as they race to help clear Bucky’s name. On the other side of the fence is Iron Man’s longtime friend War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany) and a reluctant Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who agree to sign because they believe the agreement to be the lesser of two evils.
Also joining the cast is a young Spider Man (Tom Holland), who nearly steals the show as a young Peter Parker. Plucked from New York by Stark, he’s on a mission to impress to impress Team Iron Man as they fight to reign in Captain America. And of course we are (finally) introduced to Black Panther (Chad Boseman), who truly brings the raw emotion of the Wakandan king to life.
Slated to land in theaters on May 6th, Civil War serves as an incredible treat to new and longtime fans alike. Oh, and as always, stay after the credits. You won’t be disappointed.
Read the full story at Houston Style Magazine - May 2016