Ugh you guys this started out as a super serious, objective review and that is just not my voice, so I gave up on that. I figure if you want something of the like you can go to Nerdist, IGN, or some other big fancy site. My friend Alisha wrote a pretty awesome one too, you can find it here. Anyway, here are my thoughts from Captain America: Civil War (DON’T TOUCH BUCKY!)
THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS
Don’t Mess With Fam
Ok, when Civil War got announced I basically went into panic mode, for real. First of all, if you’ve read the book you know that Steve Rogers doesn’t make it to the other side of the fight and that’s not something I can emotionally handle. There will never be a time when I’m ready to watch that happen on screen. Don’t. That aside, I also have this problem where I become WAY too emotionally attached to characters. That means when those characters fight it damages my calm in a very real way.
To my surprise (and delight) that wasn’t too much of a problem until the very end. I was mortified when they split up Clint and Natasha. HOW DARE THEY! Except Nat’s relationship with Clint and Steve remained perfectly unscathed, and it was similar with everyone else. Neither side was absolutely right in what they were doing, and that’s what made Civil War so. damn. good!
No. You Move.
Margaret Peggy Carter is my hero. She is the character that women everywhere deserve, and I have loved her from the moment we first met in The First Avenger. With that in mind, I don’t think I really need to explain why I was a disaster when Steve gets the text notifying him that she’s passed. The fact that they made me watch a crying Steve Rogers carry the casket of the woman he loved will never be forgiven, but it was a beautiful moment.
I’m a purist a lot of the time. It drives my friends crazy. Keep that in mind when I tell you I couldn’t possibly be happier that the MCU decided that ‘No, you move’ would be a Peggy quote, not Steve’s. It fit so perfectly into the narrative, and it was exactly what Steve needed to hear while teetering between keeping the team together, and doing something that he knew was wrong.
Give Me A Bucky and Sam Begrudging Buddy Movie IMMEDIATELY
I don’t even need them to wear their suits, you guys, I just want them running around stuck in stupid situations and having to get out of them with teamwork that neither of them wants to be a part of. The chemistry between these two dorks made. my. life. The entire airport strip fight was magical, but their moments really brought something both special and hilarious to it. They both put up with each other for Steve, but neither one is sure about the other yet. From Bucky’s side, ‘Um, who is this new best friend? This isn’t me. Wings? Who has wings. That’s a stupid thing to have. I am irreplaceable!’ Then from Sam’s you have ‘You. Are. Literally. Nothing. But. Trouble. Stop.’ I cannot wait to see more of their relationship develop. All the sass all the time!
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, He’s Home Now. I Has a Happy
I mentioned earlier that I am a purist. This also means that I loathe recasting. It also bears mentioning that I loved Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Knowing all of those things going in, I was hesitant of Tom Holland. I’m happy to report that my hesitance was completely unfounded. Holland was not only believable, but great as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker, and rocked his introduction into the MCU.
The writers also did a good job making Spidey just kind of along for the ride. While he’s Team Stark, he shares a lot of Cap’s ideals, which is illustrated in the conversation he has with Tony when they first meet, and Peter’s talking about how if something bad happens and you do nothing, that’s on you.
His role in the film was done wonderfully, but it was his credits scene that got me the most. When ‘Spider-Man Will Return’ flashed across the screen I instantly burst into tears. Say what you will about the design of the ‘Homecoming’ title, he’s home and that’s all I care about.
Brother, My Brother
I have a complicated relationship with Tony Stark. Of course I love his sass and cleverness, but there’s always been something about him that never sat great with me. Telling bad guys his address where his girlfriend also happens to live comes to mind. Making idiotic decisions because of his mistakes does as well. Many would argue that those very things are what make Tony appealing, which I’m on board with. Different strokes for different folks, guys, I am totally on board with you love for him! I was also on board with his decision to sign the accords. I don’t agree with it, but I see what led to it.
The humanity folks talk of is also what made Tony try to murder Bucky when he found out what he had done, and that’s where I fall off the wagon. We can go into the point that Bucky was a victim and that what he did tortures no one more than it tortures him another day, for now let’s just talk about the fight.
It was gut wrenching.
That’s not a critique, the fight was amazing. It’s never easy to watch brothers fight and that emotion was portrayed perfectly on screen. Tony felt betrayed, Steve just wanted to protect Bucky, and no one was coming out of that fight unscathed. All of those emotions resulted in a bad ass fight scene filled with amazing choreography and comic book moments.
The epicness of the fight aside, I think my favorite moment from the fight was the symbolism of Tony ripping off Bucky’s arm. Both parties walked away from the battle still breathing, but Tony got to kill the thing that symbolized the death of his parents.
Where Do We Go From Here?
If you didn’t sing that ala Once More With Feeling a new Civil War is about to go down, nerd style!
Civil War ends with no resolution. Of the complaints I’ve seen, that’s been the most frequent. I get why, but I feel like that was kind of the point. In the comic book there is a hard right and wrong, but in the film there really isn’t. These two are completely separate entities and shouldn’t be compared to one another, but for the sake of looking at the conflict itself, I feel like the film really excelled in that regard. Neither party being absolutely right or absolutely wrong means that there isn’t really a resolution to be made. The events of this film will carry on through the rest of Phase 3, and I find that more compelling than frustrating.
Things are left open with one faction at Avengers Compound and the rest in Wakanda (which, PS, I know I didn’t mention Black Panther anywhere but I wasn’t sure where to fit him in. Rest assured I thought he was AMAZING and cannot wait for more!), and Tony chilling with a letter and a phone from Steve if the need ever arise. Crazy open ended? Sure, but here’s the thing– Eventually, Tony is going to have to be okay with Bucky. Eventually we’re going to find out WHERE THE HELL NAT IS (Ok, that was my one complaint, and I acknowledge that it’s solely because I am biased because #TeamBlackWidow). Eventually things are going to get so bad that what went down doesn’t really matter, but for now, I really dig that things just didn’t get a new coat of paint and everything’s fine and dandy.
First it’s important to acknowledge that no one really had a problem with anyone else (Steve, Bucky, and Tony obviously excluded), so there’s not much to resolve on the relationship front. They’re all good. The underlying problem is still the Sakovia Accords, but those are gonna go right out the window when Thanos shows up and starts going to town on the planet.
Objectively, Civil War wasn’t perfect, but who ever said being perfect was any fun?
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