Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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I never liked the comic version of Civil War because it felt as if they made characters do things that went against who they were.  Unlike the comic, the movie version of Civil War, the next in line for the EYG MCU Rewatch, never felt as if the characters were doing what they should do.

That does not mean that the sides were easy.  On the contrary, there were plenty of times where, although I was squarely on Team Cap, I could understand and even relate to Team Iron Man.

This film was almost a training exercise for the Russo Brothers, the directors, to show that they could manage a large cast and not let characters fall to the side.  Because although this was a Captain America solo flick, it was perceived as Avengers 2.5 and featured a huge chunk of the team.  From this, the Russos wound up with Infinity War.

Despite the number of characters, Steve Rogers was the focus of the film and his relationships with both Bucky Barnes and Tony Stark were examined in depth.

But we also got the introduction to the MCU of Black Panther and Spider-Man.  Having Black Panther debut in Civil War was one of several factors for why his solo movie became such a massive financial and creative successes.

Many people criticize Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) as being a poor villain but I push back on that.  Zemo was great as the manipulative and Machiavellian antagonist who brought the Avengers to a splitting point and won in the end.  I hope we will see Zemo again some day.

I can’t write about Captain America: Civil War without talking about the airport scene, which is one of, if not the, greatest action scenes in the MCU, if not movies in general.  All of the heroes of the film, divided up between our two leaders, battling one another over ethical considerations.  There were so many amazing moments contained within that twenty minutes that it is hard to pick just a few.  And the entire scene was based in character.  It was a monumental accomplishment by all involved.

Civil War has sprinkled storylines that are still being paid off today and will be paid off at the end of this coming week in Endgame.  It is a triumph of planning and creativity.

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