As we get closer and closer to Avengers: Infinity War and we see and hear of how many characters that are within it, we ask how is that even possible to do? Believe it or not, there is a template for this kind of action already. This template is the previous movie that the directors of Infinity War did within the MCU and that movie is Captain America: Civil War.
The core story of Captain America: Civil War is one of the repercussions of what it means to be a superhero. This is the film where the aftermath of Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron come to a head. Each of these major battles within the universe has not had repercussions up to this point. But it’s here where you see the world attempt to bring the superheroes into established laws and leadership.
A Large Cast
Up to this point, Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron have had the largest cast of named characters with significant screen time. In fact, there are 10 named characters within each film that have 5 minutes or more of screen time in the final cut of the film. In Captain America: Civil War, Joe and Anthony Russo push that number up to 13 characters. With this number of characters, the chance of the story falling apart is high. The Russo’s found a way to give all of these characters significant time while also telling a complete story.
Captain America: Civil War is as close to an Avengers film as can be without truly being an Avengers film. Having almost every character that is still alive in the MCU to this point, Captain America: Civil War is at its core a Steve Rogers story. It follows Steve as he tries to find his best friend Bucky while, at the same time, attempting to steer the Avengers towards the moral high ground.
This movie not only brings back Chris Evans as Steve Rogers and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barns but also includes this familiar lineup:
- Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson
- Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter
- Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff
- Don Cheadle as James Rhodes
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton
- Paul Bettany as Vision
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff
It also found a way to bring in Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and William Hurt’s General Ross and introduce Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo.
All in all, it’s a star-filled cast.
Captain America: Civil War is that breaking point in the MCU where all of the interlocking stories that have been told in the past have come to a head. All of the destruction from previous films has brought forth a document in an attempt to bring the Avengers into the United Nations. All the while, Zemo works in the background to cause the destruction of the Avengers themselves. This is the beginning of the end of all the past story lines of the Avengers.
We also get a bit of Wanda Maximoff feeling the repercussions of what the Mind Stone did to her. Everything from her powers to how people are looking at her now has changed from the Mind Stone. There is even one point with an argument between Tony and Steve where they are about to come to terms and she is brought up in conversation, breaking them even farther apart.
Captain America: Civil War is deep down a story about doing what is right even when it would be easy to do nothing. When faced with the compromise to keep being an Avenger, Steve Rogers decides it’s his duty to do whats right and protect everyone that he can. To him, doing the right thing is more important than what people think about him or the repercussions of his actions.
This film is definitely in my top five, probably top three, of my favorite MCU movies. It’s got a story that draws you in and asks you what would you do and who would you side with. And the action enhances the story without drawing away from it, which is a plus. I would definitely recommend this movie not only to fans of comic book movies and the MCU but people who enjoy action films that are fun and have an emotional core.