The MCU keeps on giving.
The new installment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, has crescendos the world into the summer blockbuster time of the year with a film that meets the expectations of both the casual superhero enthusiast, to the owner of hundreds of long boxes.
The casting of the character and portrayal of characters by said cast continues to hit the nail on the head.
Not only do Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Chris Evans as Steve Rodgers/Captain America return and continue to mirror their comic book counterparts excellently, but newcomers like Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther and Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man continue to make me sit back and say “Wow, this is the same voice and cadence I use while reading the comics!”
Civil War also solidified the vibe and tone that the films in the MCU have nowadays, post-Avengers Era. Marvel films from the early 2000’s and before the Avengers Era, had a taste to them.
The way the film showed emotion and how it arrived to conflict was second to any other action film or any other drama these days, intrigued and rewarded.
However, the film’s use of humor was hit-and-miss in some spots.
Like most action films, humor is intermingled with the action. Corny lines and humorous actions are classic movie tropes, but at times, Civil War uses them incorrectly.
There were certain times throughout the film when a line or action was done in the middle of an action scene that did not fit well, which led the audience to forcefully get over that untimely bump.
Civil War also takes little, if any, risks.
It continued to give what the audience wanted, not taking away from compelling writing, acting and building of a story, but a formula that has been repeated over and over in the Avengers Era.
Other comic book films, such as Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, continue to take risk, either in the storytelling, the feel and atmosphere, actions on film and how much is given to us on film.
Although these films can be taken with a grain of salt, there’s something to commemorate about taking risk.
The discussions will continue to rage on whether this is the best comic book film ever made and I believe it is, to the generation living through it. To those who have lived through many do’s and dud’s, it is a shining light on what a comic book film should be like.