“Civil War” Spoilers Discussion

Yep. There was enough happening in the story of Captain America: Civil War for me to get on my computer and ramble on my thoughts. Fair warning, if you haven’t seen Civil War yet, for all intents and purposes, go watch it so I don’t have to be the asshole who ruined it for you. Now what I like about the Russo brothers is how they’re able to make their action sequences really gritty and intense. This is exemplified in the second scene when the Avengers go to Lagos to stop Crossbones and his team of terrorists from acquiring a chemical sample. When Scarlet Witch tries to prevent his suicidal explosion, she lifts him up in the air, accidentally blowing up a building and some of its inhabitants. This reaches word to Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, U.S. Secretary of State, and he demands that the Avengers sign what’s known as the Sokovia Accords. We already know why Iron Man is pro-registration, but Captain America makes the argument, “Governments are by agendas, agendas that change. What if there’s a place they send us that we don’t want to go? What if there’s a place we should go they don’t send us?” Then all of a sudden, Agent Peggy Carter, Steve Roger’s love interest from World War II, passes away in her sleep. At her funeral, her niece Sharon Carter talks about how her aunt moved through a not-so-progressive world. She says, “Compromise what you can and what you will, if you can’t, don’t. At that point, it’s your responsibility to tell the other person ‘no; you move.'” It really hits Rogers, because he realizes that he can’t budge or move in this situation. As I said in my spoiler-free review, the relationship between Captain America and Bucky Barnes is at the forefront. You feel for Barnes, as he was brainwashed by H.Y.D.R.A. and is now still messed up in the head, similar to the tragic Jessica Jones. Black Panther is given essentially an origin story, as his father, King T’Chaka of Wakanda, is murdered, and the Winter Soldier is framed for it. He’s not messing around, as he professes that he’ll kill Barnes himself. And then the greatest superhero throwdown in movie history happens at the airport in Germany. This is the time when both Ant Man and Spider Man are given a chance to shine. And I can’t stress enough how great Tom Holland is, almost as if he was born for the role. I would also call Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. I still love Tobey Maguire and the cartoons, but this version embodied everything that I love about the character of Peter Parker. Ant Man also was able to transform into Giant Man, which was so funny to watch. He would pick up other heroes and throw them around like little toys. I will say Scarlet Witch was O.P. as FUUUCCKKKK!!!!!! At what point in the movie did she show off her immense power, even toppling the Vision. Needless to say, I was thoroughly entertained by this airport battle. And The Vision, while cradling Scarlet Witch (because he wants to hit that), he accidentally hits War Machine and paralyzes him. But no moment made me go “HOLY SHIT” more than when Winter Soldier and Captain America arrived at the Siberian H.Y.D.R.A. facility. Though the other Super Soldiers are quite irrelevant and useless, Iron Man arrives and says that he knows the truth and goes with them to meet Helmut Zemo. I would like to take this moment to refrain what I said in my review because I appreciate the tragedy of his character more than I gave credit. He kept listening to a voicemail message left by his wife, as it’s the only source of her memory he has left. Anyway, he turns on a computer, showing the car crash we saw at the beginning. Tony Stark says “I know that road. What is this?” Turns out Winter Soldier killed his parents, Cap knew  and kept it from him. You see, Tony Stark has never reconciled with his father, and thought his death was just a random happening. But now that he has someone to finally blame, he’s going to kill them. Eventually, Bucky’s robotic arm gets blasted off, Iron Man’s suit is jammed, and Cap leaves behind his shield as Tony’s father was the one who forged it. In the post-credit scene, Captain America and his supporters have taken asylum in Wakanda with Black Panther, and Winter Soldier decides to go into cryogenic sleep because he can’t trust his own brain. It’s also implied that Cap and Iron Man still have tension, but will respect each other from a safe distance. In the end, I believe Captain America: Civil War is one of the best films to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. It was funny, intriguing, and bittersweet all at the same time, with the greatest Spider Man ever seen on the big screen. Hat’s off to you, Russo brothers. Good luck on Infinity War these next few years.

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