The Ultimate Captain America: Civil War Breakdown and Review

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How many superheroes does it take to make a movie? Eleven if you are watching Marvel’s most recent blockbuster Captain America Civil War movie. That’s a whole lot of egos in one movie, but fortunately there is room for them all. Captain America (Chris Evans) is joined by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be too big to fail, but it can certainly have some spectacularly unsatisfying movies. You really don’t have to look any further than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to see that Marvel is not guaranteed to produce a great movie. Thank goodness after that disappointment the Captain America 3 full movie saves the day.

The newest adventure for Captain America is already a huge commercial success for Marvel, having quickly passed the $1 billion mark in box office takings worldwide. The payback for Marvel will be made even greater by the huge merchandise machine of the superheroes, as well as DVD sales and revenues from Captain America 3 online.

Captain America Civil War gives us pretty much everything we want from a movie in this genre. It combines superheroes (lots of them), well choreographed fight sequences, humor and seamless special effects. But what makes it most successful is that it has an interesting concept for a story line. Yes, it’s an action movie that makes you think. Captain American Civil War isn’t just sparring superheroes saving the world – it actually has some points to think about.

If you haven’t already seen it we most definitely recommend that you watch Captain America Civil War. It’s a great way to spend 2 hours 27 minutes of your time (yes that sounds long for a movie, but it really isn’t too long).

United Nations PanelThe central theme of the movie is whether the actions of the avengers should be controlled by a United Nations panel. Should superheroes be free to act on their own authority, or does there need to be more control? Should Iron Man, Captain America and their fellow superheroes be held accountable for their actions?

At the start of the movie The Avengers are on a mission which goes wrong, and there are large numbers of civilian casualties. Should they be kept in check? Each of the superheroes has their own opinion and it is this question which is one of the main themes of the movie.

Tony Stark is all in favor of the Sokovia Accords which are the proposed legislation which would bring the superheroes under the control of a panel of the United Nations. The scene where everyone picks sides does seem a little rushed, and no one gives much of an explanation, but suffice to say all of the superheroes are either on the side of Team Iron Man or Team Cap. Great excuse for a lot of action sequences, but also a chance for the audience to actually think about this important question of accountability.

Spectacular Special Effects

In some ways this really has to be a given. Technology has come so far we all have such huge expectations of movie special effects, and the Captain America 3 full movie does not disappoint. The fight sequences are amazingly well choreographed and manage to inject just the right amount of humor. One criticism is that the action in Marvel movies these days is all so tightly cut that it can be difficult to watch for long periods of time. This movie finds a balance though, and the fight sequences are mostly the right length to be entertaining.

One of the most interesting uses of special effects in the movie was in fact nothing to do with fight sequences or incredible locations. Wonder how they turned back time to make Robert Downey Jr. appear in the opening scene with his parents? It takes a few moments into this stage setting scene between Iron Man and his parents to realize that this really can’t be real. It just looks so good and realistic. Robert Downey Jr. really does seem to be appearing as his younger self. However, it is of course only by the magic of CGI techniques that this is possible.

This dialing back time technique was pioneered in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was also used to great effect on Michael Douglas in Ant-Man. It is made both easier and more difficult by the fact that Robert Downey Jr’s appearance is so well documented on-screen. There is a lot of material for the CGI artists to use so that they get it just right, but the audience also knows his younger face so well that they really do need to get it spot on! Watching the younger Robert Downey Jr. on-screen really was confusing for a moment because it was so convincing.

Captain America has also been the subject of some visual cosmetics in his past movies. How do you think our hero appeared as Skinny Cap in the first Captain America movie? Yep, some CGI assistance. If only a digital facelift or body makeover was an option in real life!

Captain America Civil War Easter Eggs

One of the fun things about watching and learning more about movies is to look out for the Easter Eggs, and there are plenty to keep you entertained while you watch Captain America Civil War.

Even though it’s sometimes difficult to reconcile this fact, Disney has owned Marvel since August 2009. Anyone who has ever been to a Universal Studios theme park is still a little confused about who really owns Spider-Man and The Hulk! There is something about the two companies having the same ‘parent’ that never seems quite right – unless you are a Disney share holder benefiting from the huge success of the Marvel Universe.

At the time Disney bought Marvel many wondered if the $4 billion price tag was a little steep. When Disney took over the company the only movie hits that the Marvel Cinematic Universe had at that time were The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. Both movies did well at the box office but it wasn’t exactly the established stable of blockbuster hits that it is now. The purchase was seen by many as a leap of faith at best and foolish at worst. How wrong could they have been. The Marvel Cinematic Universe now seems like an unstoppable force.

The figures for Disney’s Marvel box office success are breathtaking with over $10 billion in worldwide box office since the takeover. Of course these movies don’t come cheap, but even with estimated budgets of around $2.5 billion to create the movies this franchise is an investment for Disney to celebrate.

Therefore we really should expect some Disney references in Captain America and we are not disappointed. Disney fans may have noticed the D23 reference on the containment capsule which holds Bucky when he is captured. The symbol D23 is prominently shown on the front of the capsule. Not familiar with D23? It is the official fan club of the Walt Disney Company which has an annual expo during which many of the new Disney movie projects are first announced.

Disney really does own much of the Cinematic Universe including, of course, the Star Wars franchise. The Star Wars reference is much easier to spot than most of the Easter Eggs in Captain America, as The Empire Strikes Back is directly mentioned in the movie. The almost seemingly too young Spider Man asks if anyone has “ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back?” We are not going to spoil it for you, but at that moment all Star Wars fans know exactly how Spider-Man is going to take down Giant-Man. This is definitely one of the best moments of the Captain America Civil War full movie. Not only was it a great visual effect it was a great reinforcement of just how young this new Spider-Man incarnation really is.

Team Captain America

Did you spot the Arrested Development Easter Egg in the Berlin airport fight scene? The Bluth family reference really was a difficult one to spot first time around, but make sure that when you get the chance to watch Captain America Civil War online you look out for the Bluth family stair car from Arrested Development.

How did this much beloved comedy find its way to being referenced in Captain America? The directors of Captain America Joe and Anthony Russo, who were once directors of Arrested Development. It isn’t quite so blatant that the stair car actually has “Bluth Family” written on the side, but it unmistakably from the series as the rest of the design is identical.

Iron Man and the OJ Simpson Trial

A very unexpected reference in the Captain America full movie is to the OJ Simpson Trail. We really aren’t expecting such cultural and potentially controversial references in Marvel movies. However the Mark Fuhrman line just shows how the trial of the century has found its way back into the mainstream consciousness following the recent FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Tony Stark is talking with the captured Falcon in the prison which has been designed to hold the superheroes who take Captain America’s side. Iron Man is trying to get information out of Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as to where Captain America is now located. After some banter about the good cop/bad cop style of interrogation, Falcon’s surprising response is “You’d have to go full Mark Furhman on my a** to get information out of me!”

This is a reference to the detective in the OJ Simpson case who invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer the question of whether he had planted evidence. The trial was held amidst allegations that the Los Angeles Police Department was targeting and unfairly treating African-Americans. Furham was the detective who found the infamous glove which was presented as evidence.


Hear me out on this one as there was a lot to like about the new Spider-Man. But let’s just ask ourselves how many reinventions can Spider-Man have? As Marvel’s outstanding merchandising success they really would be foolish not to keep this superhero going, but for those of us who are growing tired of yet another reboot perhaps it is time to say enough already?

 captainamericacivilwarspidermanPeter Parker must have an identity crisis. This is perhaps what happens when his existence is much complicated by the fact that he is at the mercy of two movie company giants – Sony and Marvel. The rights to Spider-Man were not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which was sold to Disney in 2009. The rights to our web building friend were sold long before Marvel Studios even existed. Spider-Man has had many outings on the small and the big screen, and in all honesty it is difficult to keep track of just who he really is!

Sony Pictures owns the rights to Spider-Man and they reached a deal with Marvel that he would appear in the Captain America Civil War full movie. Due to a recent deal between Marvel and Sony pictures we know that he will get yet another reboot with Sony Pictures and will also appear in the Marvel Universe.

Tom Holland did an admirable job of giving the universe yet another version of Spider-Man. His youthful enthusiasm contrasted with Tony Stark’s jaded “I’ve seen it all and will be your mentor,” hard sell, really worked. Unless you think about it too much. Peter Parker may be a teenager but wasn’t he rather too quick to agree to join Team Iron Man?

However this minor point disappears into the background when you really consider what was the most surprising about the whole new Spider-Man introduction. What about Aunt May? Marvel sure has exercised its liberty to completely change an iconic character. The Aunt May of the Marvel comic books was an old lady. Now she is being portrayed in the movies by 51-year-old Marisa Tomei and being shameless flirted with on the couch by Tony Stark. Maybe it’s a good thing that Tony Stark and Pepper Potts are most definitely on a break, or have consciously uncoupled as now he can enjoy a little fun with Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Let’s just assume that they won’t be casting for Uncle Ben in that movie!

There were many things which worked fabulously in the movie, but there were some things which really could have been better:

Ant-Man Just Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time

One of the highlights of the movie is the inclusion of Ant-Man. But it felt as though we were being teased just a little. We were so pleased when he showed up, but so disappointed when he just didn’t get much of an opportunity to play much of a part in the movie.What we really needed was way more screen time for Ant-Man.

Ant Man - Captain America Civil War

Another important question is how does Paul Rudd not age??? He didn’t even have the benefit of digital cosmetics to get the impression that Mike from Friends (sorry that’s still what we think when we see him), really has not aged at all.  Ant-Man gets some of the best lines, and out acts most everyone on the movie, but gets a lamentably short allocation of screen time. It seems a long time until summer 2018 when we are promised his next outing in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The Kiss

Agent 13 didn’t quite work in this movie. Aside from the fact it took us half the movie to remember where we had seen Emily VanCamp before (it’s Revenge in case you were wondering too), but the character of Sharon Carter seems like it just hasn’t been thought through quite as much as it should have been.

Sharon Carter made her debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We know that Captain America’s true love was Peggy Carter but it is only in Civil War that we learn that Peggy is Sharon’s aunt. The relationship between Sharon Carter and Steve Rogers is in the original Marvel comics, but somehow in this movie the blossoming romance between these characters just doesn’t sit well.

This could be because it just doesn’t seem right that Cap is falling in love with his one true love’s niece. Isn’t that just  little bit too close for comfort? However, perhaps the problem is even more than this. The onscreen chemistry between Emily VanCamp and Chris Evans really isn’t convincing. The kiss just seems like an out of context afterthought. Maybe there is a scene or two on the cutting room floor which may have made this fledgling romance seem a bit more convincing, but as it stands this relationship just didn’t work.

Captain America Civil War Is A Must See

Captain America 3 is one of the best movies so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, there are some minor gripes, but overall you really should watch Captain America Civil War. The good news is that soon you will be able to stream Captain America Civil War.

It is reported that Netflix paid Disney $300 million for the rights to stream their movies. The deal starts in September 2016 when Disney movies will be available on Netflix for the first time. It isn’t known yet which of the Disney Marvel movies will be available but we are sure that we will soon be able to watch Captain America Civil War online.

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