Other than Star Wars, nothing gets me more excited than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I knew that having a baby would impact my ability to see movies in the theater. I enjoy seeing movies in the theater, but honestly I wasn’t that concerned about missing too many movies. It just happened to be, though, that the first movie to hit theaters after the birth of our daughter was one that I didn’t want to miss.
Thankfully my wife is awesome and she let me out of the house to see Captain America: Civil War. I had done a good job of avoiding spoilers so I pretty much went into the theater with a clean slate. I loved the movie and can’t wait to see it again when it comes out on Blu-ray. I’m not entirely sure how it ranks among all the other MCU movies, but it’s near the top.
Here are some other spoiler-free thoughts I had while watching Captain America: Civil War.
Civil War is so effective because of the relationships among all the characters. At the forefront is the relationship between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. We’ve seen these characters over the course of years, interacting with each other and building relationships. When those relationships are strained because of the Sokovia Accords, we feel the tension as well. Tony, Steve and all the other Avengers are heroes that we’ve rooted for; it’s hard to choose a side. The movie really exploits this tension and sits in it, instead of clearly defining who is right and who is wrong.
Beyond the relationships among the Avengers, Civil War really focuses on the relationship between Steve and Bucky. There’s nothing like old friendships that have years’ worth of history. I’ve known so many of my friends for nearly two decades; there’s something truly special about having that kind of foundation. Steve and Bucky had that same kind of foundation, which meant so much for them. In a world of super villains, evil organizations and hero infighting, Steve and Bucky could fall back on their friendship. We may never end up in an epic battle at a German airport, but we’ll still need solid friendships with a rich history when we go through difficult seasons.
One of the best parts of Civil War was the inclusion of new characters and less seen characters. Chadwick Boseman absolutely nailed his portrayal of T’Challa and everything Black Panther did made my jaw drop. Scott Lang’s inclusion also added a tremendous element to the fray as someone who was just happy to be along for the ride. More than any other new character, though, Peter Parker/Spider-Man stole the show. Tom Holland is Peter Parker and Spidey’s action and abilities were captured exquisitely by the Russo brothers. Marvel knows its characters better than anyone else and it displayed that knowledge with Spider-Man’s introduction to the MCU.
Captain America: Civil War was both a huge spectacle and personal tale. Parts of it definitely felt like Avengers 2.5, but it was also much more than that. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then I can’t see how you wouldn’t enjoy this movie. If you’d like a more spoiler-filled discussion of the movie, check out this week’s episode of The Christian Nerd Podcast.
What did you think of Captain America: Civil War?