By: Matt McDonald, Contributing Writer
It has practically become a tradition for every person in the theater to wait excitedly until the end of the credits during a Marvel movie, simply to see a minute-long preview for the next one. However, none of these sequels have been more anticipated than “Captain America: Civil War.”
The third installment of the Captain America series is practically a third Avengers movie, bringing together all the heroes we have known for over a decade and turning them on each other.
The petty disputes and slight confrontations they have had before only scratch the surface of what is to come.
When the Avengers are all but forced into signing an accord with the United Nations due to the apparent worsening of the dangerous situations they have faced, a difference of opinion arises that divides the team into two sides: Captain America’s, who believes their judgment should be above the law’s, and Iron Man’s, who feels responsible enough for their actions to be put in check.
The team may have gotten to the point of agreement with time, but the long friendship Captain America has had with Bucky, the Winter Soldier, gets in the way.
After Bucky frees himself from the mind control of HYDRA, an organization opposed to S.H.I.E.L.D., Cap goes after him instead of staying with the team, causing even more of a schism among the group.
With the introduction of Black Panther, the addition of Ant-Man and the long-awaited Spiderman, the most destructive war—the one from within—begins. With endless combinations of heroes fighting each other, outwitting their opponents in a variety of ways, you realize that you not only are in awe of the powers on the suit, but empathize with the person in it.
This captivating Marvel movie was well worth the wait. It’s a deep but easy-to-follow story by keeping our attention from the start and leading up to an epic culmination. It has riveting action, emotional revelations and of course the inevitable Stan Lee cameo, pulling in $181 million on opening weekend.
I would recommend seeing the previous movies leading up to “Civil War,” but either way, this movie will give you an exhilarating experience. It is the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.
Aside from some moments of minor confusion, this movie made it clear: we’ve had enough setup, it’s time for action. I give it a 9.5/10.