War of the Heroes by Ari Harris
May 20, 2016
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Captain America: Civil War was released in the United States on May 6, 2016. It was directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, adapted from the Marvel Comics comic, Civil War, and made $366.5 million in USD.
Political pressures when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage, and a new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports government supervision over superheroes. As their once passive-aggressive arguments escalate into an all-out battle, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and many other heroes must pick a side between the First Avenger and the Iron Knight for a battle of morals and dignity.
This film is regarded as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. One critic wrote: “A decisively superior hero-vs.-hero extravaganza that also ranks as the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” (Justin Chang). Another wrote: “Matching its blockbuster scale and spectacle with the smarts of a great, grown-up thriller, Captain America: Civil War is Marvel Studios’ finest film yet. There. We said it again.” (Dan Jolin).
Captain America: Civil War is, without a doubt in my mind, the best Marvel movie I have ever seen. Not only does it expand the relationship between the character the audience already knows and loves, but introduces a new character to the big screen: T’Challa AKA Black Panther. Not only the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, he is the king and protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation which contains the entire world’s reserves of Vibranium, a very rare and valuable naturally occurring meteoric ore with energy manipulating qualities. He is also one of the greatest fighters in the world. If I could see this movie again, I would in a millisecond. This movie will undoubtedly pave the way for the Marvel franchise for years to come.