Sound Off: Russo Bros' 'Captain America: Civil War' - Your Thoughts?

May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You have operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That's something the world can no longer tolerate." Now in theaters is Marvel Studios' latest, Captain America: Civil War, directed by the Russo Brothers. This time they pit hero against hero, as the Avengers universe begins to go crazy as two sides are formed. On one side you have Captain America, Bucky, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye; on the other side there's Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine, The Vision, Black Panther and yeah maybe Spidey. So how did this one turn out? Is it really one of their best yet? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.

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To fuel the fire, I kind of loved Captain America: Civil War… way more than I was expecting to, even. It's so damn good. The action is some of the best action out of any Marvel movie, even better than the previous two Avengers movies - yeah I said it. It's easy to follow yet still hard-hitting, incredibly fun and creative, and showcases all of the heroes and their abilities at their best. The final fight at the airport is awesome - that's the kind of action set piece you'll watch over and over again and never get tired of it. Of course, inbetween all that action there is the story of the split up of the Avengers. There are some great scenes in the first half with impressive dialogue and discussions, and I was caught up in the convictions of the two different sides.

Just going to say it - Team Cap all the way! I'm a big supporter of Captain America and his views on this situation and the Sakovia Accord and all that. It was really really fun to see Spidey finally show up in this. Even though it was easy to tell his scenes were added once everything worked out, they fit in nicely and he already feels perfectly like Spider-Man. I was surprised to see how much he had to do in the final fight, same with Ant-Man, but that's the beauty of the Marvel Universe now - they have so many characters to play with and bring in whenever, and so many different choices to make. It's awesome to see everything work out so harmoniously in this movie. It is a bit too long, my biggest gripe, but overall this movie seriously kicks ass.

Captain America: Civil War

What did you think of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War? The best movie yet or the worst?
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  • Gohikeone
    Love this movie. So much story and emotion bundled in one amazing ride. One question...will Captain America return...? Or will they follow some of the comic lines where he drops the "America" moniker?
    • steve
      Who knows, they don't exactly follow the comics books heavily or else Crossbones would have killed Cap in this.
      • TheOct8pus
        True. Very little of this movie was based on the Civil War comics....almost nothing, really. Just the spirit of the disagreement.
        • VAharleywitch
          True - and in Civil War's case, because no one had a true Secret Identity after the events by Widow at end of Winter Soldier... the original motivations wouldn't have applied. I think they modified the CW comic story pretty well, given the 'smaller' cast to take sides.
          • Gohikeone
            I agree, and it was amazing how we got to see each of the members' motivation. One of the things I thought the Russos did so well in this movie was give everyone screen time and allow their character arc to be "turned" just a bit more so we got to learn more about them than we had in the past. True it was Cap's movie, but we got small moments with everyone...and those moments all had some weight. Amazing job actually in keeping everyone on screen when needed and not feeling like they were shoehorned in to the story (at least in my view).
    • TheOct8pus
      They're keeping us in the dark for now, but he's most likely returning in Infinity War, and there are rumors of a cameo in the new Spider Man movie (Queens vs Brooklyn). With the way Civil War ended *SPOILER ALERT* they could easily go with a "Secret Avengers" plotline from the comics.
      • Gohikeone
        Interesting...I had not read about these Red Skull/Spidey rumors. I will definitely look into that. Red Skull was such a great villain, and he clearly was taken away to Asgard or some other realm via the power of the tesseract. Would be a waste to have him out permanently...although, we have Rumlow. I felt his offing was a bit premature as well, so who knows. I also agree that at least some portion of the Secret Avengers storyline will play out somehow in the future. Another cool possibility in the Infinity War movies is that Coulson will reappear and be the healing agent (forgive the pun) for the split Avengers. That will be a wild ride if he shows again...although I find it bard to believe that Stark (at the very least) doesn't know the truth at this point.
        • TheOct8pus
          The beauty with these movies is that they can resurrect villains pretty easily, or at least explain that they didn't die in the first place. In Civil War, we never see Crossbones die - sure, there's an explosion with him at the center of it - but he could easily be "written alive" in a future installment. Same with Red Skull, or even Ultron if you want to go there...
          • Gohikeone
            That's true...I guess we didn't actually see Rumlow "die" so I guess he could be back!
        • Jon Odishaw
          Its hard to keep bringing villains back when there are so many in the comic book universe. But I'm also very okay with keeping a talent like Hugo Weaving around.
          • Gohikeone
            So true...Weaving was so good in that role...although I think I remember reading he didn't want to do the character again. I don't know what his contract terms were when he signed for TFA, so it might not even be him if they bring the character back (which would be a shame).
  • Have Hope
    Good film. Not perfect or amazing. But good. For its length, gripping and very engaging. Never got bored or lost.
  • Big R
    Not sure how you managed to not mention Black Panther in your brief take but he was the best part of the movie for me. I love Spiderman and Holland was great but Black Panther stole the show. I also really felt for Winter Soldier in this one. He's probably one of my favorite characters in the MCU. Everyone is talking about the airport battle but I thoroughly enjoyed the stairwell scene as well with Cap and Buck.
    • Gustav Minnie
      Let me rep up this boy. Have to agree on Black Panther, he was great.
    • Ahhh shit, you're right! Black Panther! He was awesome. I can't wait to see his solo movie, very excited for it. I saw it weeks ago, just slipped my mind, but yes you're right - he's excellent in this.
  • Adreth Stark
    Loved it! I can't wait to see it again tomorrow...
  • Gustav Minnie
    The second best Marvel movie for me. Ironman still going stong in my world, but Civil War is very close. Loved it.
  • Gearoid O'D
    Spiderman and Black Panther were the highlights. Really enjoyed Zimo. Team Stark all the way though.
  • Eggyweggs
    It was average. Two hours of geography lessons, large typography, Audi car ads and political talk before the airport scene kicked it. Without Spider-Man and Ant-Man this was mediocre.
    • Moriakum
      You really are one big butthurted DC fanboy, aren´t you?
  • Payne by name
    I really enjoyed it and saw it twice over the opening weekend. It showed Cap in the way I love him as honest and brave and with integrity. Saying that, I liked Stark who seemed surprisingly humble and weary at the role he now had. I really enjoyed the fighting. The first couple of fights seemed a little fast in their editing but I also thought that with Winter Soldier and my eye did eventually caught up. I thought the airport fight was good fun but was glad that it wasn't the only fight as they were all understandably pulling their punches and more wanted to delay rather than kill. I found the bad guys overall plan really refreshing. No toppling buildings or needing to stop a ticking clock. All he wanted to do was spread discord and whilst you knew that it wasn't Bucky's fault, the crime was enough to justify that Stark would want genuine blood. Hence the final fight had the drama and edge, generated in the proper manner, that was great to see. I love that they punched themselves to a standstill and the emotional wallop that it packed. It wasn't as complete a film as say Guardians but it was a fine film eclipsing the poor effort that was Ultron and certainly intriguing me for more. I also liked that it ended with Cap writing a letter, only he would do that in this day and age.
  • Jon Odishaw
    I have strongly disagreed with all the "superhero fatigue" in film these days but I sort of started to feel it after seeing this film. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it. The action was amazing and black panther and spider man were killer. But this film did NOT need to have a 2:30 runtime. It was not convoluted and after a while even the action scenes became repetitive. I was all aboard the BvS hype train this whole time so it's not even like my expectations were huge for this film. Civil war is definitely a cut above BvS so it's another win for marvel but it was nothing groundbreaking. Winter soldier was better imo still worth a trip to the theatre.
  • Bl00dwerK
    5/5 for me. Enjoyed it just as much as CA:TWS!
  • Dotpols
    It wasn't bad, but to be honest I didn't really buy the whole impetus for the conflict between them... it all felt a little contrived.
    • Matthew
      • Dotpols
        Dunno... the film just felt very "meh" to me. After all the hype it got I was expecting something that goes beyond the genre but it just didn't
    • CyraNOSE
      hahahaha!!! Here he is everybody!!!
      • Dotpols
        Errr what?
  • After my flight to Europe, I will let you know. :)
  • Matthew
    The best laugh was when AntMan went huge and he laughs out loud but it's a slow booming laugh, I died.
    • VAharleywitch
      I don't know that I'm a Paul Rudd fan, even after his excellent turn as Lang/Ant-Man... But at this point Marvel & Disney just need to give the casting department whatever the hell they want - IMO they've yet to miss the mark in any of the character castings (so far, I think Portman as Jane is the worse miss, and mainly b/c she has zero chemistry w/ Hemsworth), and haven't done too horribly in the casting of the villains. (Stories for said villains, that's a different problem & different responsible party(s) ).
  • steve
    I thought it was great. 2nd time in a row my pick won the fight haha. I wish Paul got more screen time though. I also enjoyed Renner in this and how Hawkeye had the balls to actually try hand to hand combat with Vision. Really showed his dedication to Cap. What I noticed the most was Spidermans motives for doing what he does are the same as Caps so I was expecting him to switch sides mid fight. I'm torn between this and TWS, they're the top two Marvel movies imo followed by Ant-Man and Guardians
  • theslayer5150
    I loved it. And I guess Tony's vision came true, he killed the Avengers Loved Spidey's screen time, plus we got a psuedo-origin of him without having to go through that again. And a hot Aunt May!?! So much better then an elderly one. Makes you wonder why any movie studio other than Marvel should be making movies with their heroes. Loved Scott Lang's "big" distraction. Black Panther was also exciting, and for being a "Captain America" movie, I think they balanced the screen time of all the characters quite well. I found the CGI technology that made Michael Douglas look younger in WS that was used to make a young looking RDJ was a little cheesy, but I see why they did it, as that was all part of the major plot point. Unless I missed it, no reference to Dr. Strange, but that event could be happening in a different point in time, especially where magic and the occult are concerned. Even with low expectations for BvS, it left me a little underwhelmed. Someone told me DC movies are more "grounded", like anything to do with Superman is grounded. But regardless of how they want to portray their universe, they are still the JV team to Marvel. Hero movie fatigue?? I'm even more excited to see what they do in the future.
  • Sean
    I watched Marvel's Captain America: Civil War in theaters earlier yesterday. I don't even know where to start with how great that movie is! It was very intense, action packed, funny(in some scenes) that were timed perfectly. The cast were excellent in their roles including the returning cast and the new cast. Captain America: Civil War is exactly what I had hoped it would be like, and there is nothing I would change about it! The action scenes in this movie are very entertaining and keeps you on the edge of your seat and does very well. It's a perfect film from start to finish and doesn't disappoint. I highly recommend seeing it in theaters before its theatrical run in movie theaters is over. 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • CyraNOSE
    Oh man, this movie is so awesome!! My favorite was Spidey!!! FINALLY they got him right and then some!! So cool, cannot wait until the stand alone movies. They better do his villains right, he's got the coolest villains ever. Goblin, Sandman, Vulture, Shocker, Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, Lizard.... Go with more traditional comic style villains instead of trying to get so modern with everything. I want to see a comic style Green Goblin!!
  • TheOct8pus
    Tony finally discovers the truth about his parents' death....and I always thought the Lannisters killed the Starks....
  • I loved the movie. Winter Soldier is probably still my favorite, but this isn't too far behind. My favorite part of the movie is the relationship between Bucky and Sam. So funny.
  • Xerxexx
    Loved Bucky and Sam's interactions. the rest was great.
    • theslayer5150
      "Can you move your seat up?"
  • timnimbus
    Anyone else think of how bad ass it would of been to have Andrew Garfield as spiderman?
  • RAW_D
    I saw this last night, and it was a solid Marvel movie. The story was tight, the characters got a nice amount of shared screen time, but my one major nitpick is the FRIGGIN SHAKEY-CAM ACTION SCENES! I HATE that sh*t! I don't want to pay $13 to see a blur of motion and stuff I can't make out. Pull it back so we can actually see wtf is going on! Rant end.
  • MAWG
    So good to see what Marvel can do with Spidey once the tore it from the hands of Sony.




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