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Captain America | Civil War
If you can get over the fact (and I think I have – it has taken me four years) that the plot of this movie hinges on the heroes acting exactly as the villain intends and that a two-decade old VHS tape must play in order for the movie to work, it is almost perfect.
Civil War transcends the typical trappings of “make heroes fight each other” and pits the Avengers against each other with stakes that seem real. While the team disintegrates, the movie, somehow, manages to perfectly introduce two major new characters: Black Panther and Spider-Man, both of whom who have since headlined movies of their own.
Add to the proceedings humor, brilliantly staged action and pathos, and you have an excellent movie and one of the best Marvel films. To paraphrase the title character: “I could watch this all day.”
By-the-way, though I think his plan would never have worked, the villain won in this one. The Avengers are, for all intents and purposes, no more at the end of this film.
I gave Captain America: Civil War FIVE VHS TAPES out of a possible FIVE when it came out. It deserved all five.
- T’Chaka; king of Wakanda
- T’Challa; The Black Panther
- Everett Ross
- Baron Helmut Zemo
- Aunt May
CONNECTION(S) TO INFINITY WAR:
- Of all the films preceding it, Captain America | Civil War prepared for Infinity War in the most clear fashion. It left the Avengers broken and scattered. It leaves them ultra-vulnerable to an attack, like the attack Thanos mounted. They will come back together – we hope – in Endgame.
- The Vision has a conversation with the Scarlet Witch about the Mind Stone embedded in his head which came from Loki’s staff and also created the Scarlet Witch’s powers.
- The Winter Soldier is left in Wakanda at the end of the film. He will be there in both Black Panther and was there in Infinity War. Until he wasn’t.
- “That shield doesn’t belong to you…” I do not know that the filmmakers knew what a key line that would be when they wrote it, but it set up Black Panther’s terrific “get this man a shield” line in Infinity War.