Who was the first superhero you fantasized about during your childhood? To be more precise, which superhero’s miniature toy version adorned your closet the most? Who did you wear on your shirts?
There could be only one answer to this: Captain America, one of the most vital superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
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Marvel Comics has been an integral part of many of our childhoods. For decades, we have been mesmerized by the characters like Spider-Man, Iron-Man, Captain Marvel, and Hulk. However, Steve Rogers, or Captain America as he’s known heroically, remains close to the heart. Like many other superheroes, he was introduced decades back.
What is your view on that?
Before we start, a few introductory lines about the movie.
Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero movie based on the titular character Captain America by Marvel Comics. The movie was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
This movie is the third instalment in the Captain America film series, following Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). It is also the thirteenth movie to be produced by the MCU.
Anthony and Joe Russo directed the film. The screenplay was a result of the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The movie starred Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, alongside an ensemble cast comprising of Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, and Jeremy Renner, in their own pivotal roles.
The story revolves around the disagreement over the international oversight of the Avengers, that breaks up the team into opposing factions.
With that done, it’s the time to venture on why people loved Captain America: Civil War. Let’s lie-back, imagine the English countryside, and start the show!
- Deals with friendship camouflaged by politics
Primarily, the story revolves around political issues. When cities like New York, Washington, DC, Lagos, and Nigeria are caught between the crossfire of good and evil, Captain America and the other Avengers are given a choice. The choice is a legal mandate, known in the film as the Accords, that states that either they retire from heroics completely or give their autonomy to the United Nations.
Of course, this is an immensely difficult decision to make as Captain America and his friends are professional fighters, which is the only thing they know and have done, and ruthlessly dedicated to heroics.
However, giving up complete autonomy would make them all less capable of the extent to which they currently complete their heroic duties.
In such a scenario, what would happen next?
Captain America was not quite ready for this, as he believed becoming a free warrior for the USA meant fighting war for other people.
Keeping the movie aside and dealing with the plot, Captain America: Civil War is the movie underlying friendship’s tenets. Even after all the brutal fights, bloodsheds, clinging of weapons, and shining of the armours, this movie believes in the power of friendship and places humanity as the prime component.
It also asks, what is one bromance worth? Do you have an answer to that?
- Chris Evans is an actor of par-excellence
Of all the other movies involving Captain America, Civil War is a summation of entire Rogers’s journey, the experiences he gained in the previous four years, and his final realization on who he is.
Evans evolved as an actor, along with Captain America. His fine antics and acting chops gave brought him on the same page with the legendary Downey Jr., a.k.a. Iron-Man, Civil War’s main villain.
Evans’s role in the movie is not as flashy as Downey’s. He is also not blessed with the witty one-liners or sardonic humor. Even his most emotional scene places him in isolation with his chiseled jaw.
Yet Evans managed to pull this off well. His portrayal of Rogers involves a sense of dignity and humanity, which remains the crux of the movie.
Did you also feel that you have picked the perfect superhero?
Even a fragment of an unconvincing performance from Evans would let the entire movie crumble, as Iron-Man has more logic in his acting. However, even for a split of a second, we cannot stop believing in Captain America. This is thanks to Evans’s determination to make a believer out of you. There is not a single moment in the movie where you would think that Rogers might be wrong. This entire thing owes to Evans’s strength and evolution as an actor in the franchise.
Which one was the most believable moment for you from the movie?
- Spider-Man and Black Panther are a treat for the eyes
Apart from the main man itself, Captain American: Civil War also sports Spider-Man and Black Panther, who are perfectly too real.
Portrayed by Tom Holland in this movie, Spider-Man has again been roped in for a reboot, and we can’t help but smile in joy and shed a tear in grief every time Spider-Man does something right.
The other hero confirming his firm appearance in Civil War is T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. It’s not at all an easy role, as Boseman has to master the intricacies of the Wakandan accent (Wakanda is the fictional African country, in the Marvel universe). But the actor is equally graceful and majestic, proving to the absolute bits why Marvel considered a solo Black Panther movie in 2018.
Talking about Marvel’s marketing strategies, the scenes of Spider-Man and Black Panther in the Civil War could have been the publicity stunts for their respective upcoming solo films (example: Spider-Man: Homecoming which was slated for a 2017 release at the time).
Apart from that, talking from the cinematic angle, the above two characters infuse a breath of fresh air if you had too much Iron-Man and Captain America.
The next time while watching the Civil War, you know on whom to concentrate, right?
- Incredibly wonderful fighting sequences
We can vouch on the fact that the Civil War’s fight sequences are by far the best scenes ever created by Marvel.
The fight choreographers Sam Hargrave and James Young have created absolute magic on the screens. The movie plays with each scene by uniquely bending the laws of physics. Even if you would have the stunt-doubles in potato sacks, and moved in the motions of the fight scenes, minus the characters, you would be able to detect the fight sequences from Captain America: Civil War.
Hargrave and Young had gone thoroughly the script and implied their deep understanding of each of the character’s powers. The result was that they created scenes where those powers integrate and blend in the most innovative ways ever.
Want a demo? Remember the sizzling opening sequence featuring Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Captain America? That was just the hint!
Wow! Don’t you want more of this?! Here you go then.
Defeated Iron-Man, despite being weaker
People were astonished when Captain America defeated Iron-Man. Marvel lovers would know that Iron-Man was more powerful than the powers of Captain America and his sidekick Bucky combined.
However, this defeat also gave them much joy with the lesson learned that in a fight, size doesn’t matter. What matters is one’s internal strength and fighting spirit. This, after all, has been the key factor of Captain America’s entire scripted being.
Choosing Bucky Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier)
People are fond of Captain America as he chose Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, as his sidekick. Compared to the other superheroes, his sidekick was quite different. Bucky was Steve’s best friend from childhood and used to protect him from being bullied before the Captain America serum allowed him to do that himself.
By picking Bucky, Captain America again promotes the much-adored virtues of loyalty, trust, and friendship.
What more do you need to love?
⦁ The Civil War isn’t perfect, and that is OK for us
Captain America: Civil War is not without flaws. There are instances in the movie where the internal logic of the characters doesn’t make any sense. The other times the invoke of multiples characters in one movie makes it difficult to catch up with each one. Also, there is the excess of Marvel internal jokes, which at times might be difficult to comprehend, especially if you aren’t deeply familiar with Marvel from a film or comic book stance.
Despite of all the shortcomings, we at WatchTank loved the movie. These superheroes were a significant part of our childhood, and we loved to witness their strength, power, and wellness, and fight for justice on the screens.
Was that thought mutual?
All the superheroes from Marvel have faced criticisms for being clinical, soulless, and too flashy. Luckily, this is the minority section who are probably not aware of film’s huge critical and commercial success, grossing almost $1.1 billion worldwide. The movie also became the highest-grossing film of 2016, along with the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time.
That sums up the fact why we love Captain America. Do you have some other facts as well? Let us know in the comment section below.
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