I might drop some spoilers so you’ve been warned!
I remember mentioning I was a really big fan of Marvel so if you were expecting I wouldn’t talk about one of the most anticipated movies for me this year, you were wrong, I’m sorry!
I saw Captain America Civil War last week and because I’m obsessed with Marvel I went a second day the day after I watched it for the first time. Even though I know what you’re thinking (you crazy) it was useful because it gave me a new look about it.
So basically after Avengers Age of Ultron what became most important for me in terms of Marvel movies was this release. And when I talk about how excited I was to see it what I mean is that I was not ready (not when they announced it, nor when the trailer came out or when I saw it) I did not want to see Tony and Steve fight, I didn’t want anyone to die, I was going to suffer and I was not ready for that but I wanted to see the movie anyway because I guess that’s the thing about being a fangirl, you suffer but you’re okay with it.
One of the things that comes to my mind on the early stages of this movie when it was still in development was if it was going to be like the comics. For those who don’t know, the reason this was going to be a major event in the Marvel cinematic universe was not only because the Avengers would split in two and the main Marvel characters would go against each other but because at the end, Captain America dies, so yeah I was not ready for that! Even though Cap is not my favorite, in the movies he gained a lot of points for being portrayed by Chris Evans who is honestly a golden retriever puppy.
But Steve didn’t die so let’s talk about the movie and what I think about it.
So after reading the paragraphs above I hope you can imagine my excitement and the expectations, plus like I said in the sort of review I did of Batman vs Superman I pay a lot of attention to the reviews of the movies and Civil War killed it! (Entertainment Weekly gave the movie an A-) Everyone was saying this was Marvel’s finest movie. All these things made me go with really, really high expectations and I think that’s why the first time I watched it I think I was a little bit disappointed.
First of all, I didn’t cry, which for me was weird (I even brought tissues, don’t judge). I love Steve and Tony’s friendship but the main problem in the MCU is that the movie was presented as a big fight between these two close friends (Tony and Steve) and I feel like in the movies we don’t get to see much of this friendship, I don’t think they had much time to develop it. I feel like Tony thinks Steve is betraying him but in the movies they weren’t that close as they are in the comics.
On the other hand I thought all the characters were generally great, Black Panther and Spider-Man made a wonderful debut and were simply one of the best parts of the movie. I was surprised because I though Peter Parker’s cameo in the movie was going to be shorter and it actually was pretty long, I had faith in Tom Holland as Spidey and he didn’t disappoint, he might be the most accurate Spider-Man out there. When T’Challa appeared dressed as Black Panther I was holding a scream, so badass and majestic. I didn’t even watched him for half an hour and I already knew that as soon as the movie came out next year I was going to be the first one to buy tickets.
I also loved Wanda and Vision’s interaction, I’m glad MCU is developing this relationship, it’s cute and I was going to be really mad if they didn’t. Ant-Man was also an incredible highlight, I already said this but I’m so thankful for Paul Rudd in MCU. Not only he was hilarious but we got to see Giant-Man! An underrated character was Falcon, he was probably the funniest and loyal one and I feel like Anthony Mackie never gets recognition about it.
The plot was marvelous (he, he), Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo was surprisingly good. I didn’t read much of Zemo in the comics but I’m a big fan of this actor (meaning I love him) and I thought it was a great villan, really smooth. Robert Downey Jr. did his best work as Tony Stark and overall everything was amazing. So why do I say I was a bit disappointed? Well, when the movie ended I had the feeling something was missing, like it was not complete.
Now these two things I’m going to mention might mean nothing to you but being a big fan of these two characters in the comics and the movies I was a bit pissed. At one point of the movie Black Widow literally disappears and doesn’t come back anymore. All of Clint Barton in the MCU is just… ugh, I try to like it but that family storyline they made for him is horrible, they could have done more with this amazing character, they could have included his brother or something else but no, they created something completely out of character for Hawkeye.
The fact that after Steve admits he knew about Tony’s parents death they proceed to fight and in one moment you can actually see Steve losing control had me like “Why are you mad for? You’re not the one who just finds out your friend is almost betraying you for the guy who killed your parents” And I don’t mean to diss on Bucky because he was amazing and I love the character and the storyline but c’mon Cap!
At the end of the movie, Steve sends Tony a letter apologizing. For me, in that point you can see how The Russo’s (directors) did a great work trying to show the characters (Tony and Steve) as not bad or good but both bad and good. In this letter Steve sends he says Tony can stay with the Avengers that after all he thinks they have always been his but… hum… Steve stays with almost all of the Avengers at the end of the movie so I’m like ¿¿?? (Insert confused meme here)
So when I came out of the movie the first time I was like “I loved it!” but on the “I loved it” Level how much did I actually loved it? Does it make sense? I hope it does. The second time watching it I was able to enjoy it more I guess because I came out of the movie with another perspective. I got more emotional with the final fight and even more when Steve walks away with Bucky. I still have all my opinions of the first time I watched it but somehow I was a little more up in the “I loved it” level. Also, I’m thankful nobody died.
In conclusion, the things I didn’t like can be considered personal opinions, as to the movie in general I think it really is Marvel’s finest, I totally recommend it!