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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Captain America: Civil War. A (not-so) spoiler free review

Oh My God! Oh My God! OMG! OMG! ERMAHGERD! ERMAHGERD! ERMAHGERD! I'm just back from seeing Captain America: Civil War and I'm still catching my breath. Full on Geek overload in this movie. If you like superhero movies even a little bit then you have to see this film, if you're a geek like me then what are you waiting for. Stop reading this, turn off your computer/phone and go and see this film right now! I've been excited about this film for a while and I've been tweeting about this all week so I'm going to share my tweets as I go through this review, also I'm not going to go in depth into what happens throughout the film but I'll cover the main bits without giving everything away.



The film starts with a flashback to the Winter Soldier during his conditioning as an agent of HYDRA in 1991. He is sent on a mission to retrieve some funky looking blue glow-stick type IV drip bags and you get the impression that this will be important later on. Next we are whisked to present day Lagos where Captain America, Falcon, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch are engaged in a covert operation to track down some bad dudes, these bad dudes turn out to be Crossbones and his cronies who are trying to steal some kind of Bio-weapon. A battle erupts across the city causing a lot of collateral damage as the avengers bring down Crossbones and his crew and eventually leads to a building being destroyed with innocent people inside. This act is what sets up the core plot of the movie, who is accountable for the actions of the Avengers?

General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross from The Incredible Hulk pops up, now as Secretary of State, and tells the Avengers their actions have consequences and the UN is ratifying plans to bring the Avengers under government control so they can't just do what they want, instead the UN will decide when and where the Avengers intervene. Ironman agrees this is necessary after hearing a story of a young man who died during the events of the final battle of Age of Ultron. Captain America, however, still believes the Avengers should remain independent and with the 2 head honchos on opposing sides this is the Civil War.

Later we find out that the building blown up in the 1st act had a lot of people from a country called Wakanda and it's King T'Chaka was has been calling for the Avengers to come under the control of the UN. As the King addresses the UN a bomb goes off at the UN building and the King is killed. Through news bulletins we hear that the Winter Soldier is the one believed to have set off the bomb. Captain America tries to track down the Winter Soldier but during his pursuit another costumed hero is also on the trail.



Black Panther turns out to be the son of King T'Chaka and new King of Wakanda, T'Challa. He doesn't seem to be to bothered about keeping his identity a secret as he takes his mask off in front of everyone. We are then told that the Black Panther is the protector of Wakanda and passed down the generation from one king to another.

After the Winter Soldier is back in custody Captain America decides to break him out and recruits Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and his bezzie mate Falcon (who also brings Ant-Man) to help. At the same Ironman with help of Black Widow, War Machine and The Vision recruits Black Panther to help and one more hero.



Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the main reason I have been excited about this movie. Spider-Man is one of my favourite superheroes (probably second only the Superman) and he is brilliant here. After the disappointment of the Amazing Spider-Man (1 and 2) I was really hoping the MCU Spider-Man would be better and I can safely say that Spider-Man is in safe hands under MCU. His intro as Peter Parker being recruited by Tony Stark is fantastic and when he joins the battle with the rest of the Avengers he is truly awesome. Every line he has is funny and on point for what Spider-Man is supposed to be.

The battle at the airport between the opposing sides of The Avengers is the highlight of the movie and Spider-man and Ant-Man totally steal show. Spider-Man is amazing fighting Falcon while chatting shit to him the whole time. As for Ant-Man (I thought the Ant-Man film was brilliant by the way) he is hilarious as he is pulling out the wires from inside Ironmans suit but then the coup-de-grace he only turns into freaking Giant-Man. The sight of a 50 foot tall Ant-Man destroying cars, trucks and planes is something the behold.

I won't give any more of the plot away as you really should see it for yourself, the last few Marvel movies have been pretty good and Captain America: Civil War is definitely up there with the best of them and I really can't wait to see where they go from here. With Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man getting their own movies as well as sequels to Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers I'm really excited about the future of Marvel, anywho here's the trailer for Captain America: Civil War.



Well, thats all for now.

S

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