Five reasons to go watch “Captain America: Civil War” (right now)

Okay, when I say no spoilers. I mean no spoilers besides from what you already knew from the trailers and the pictures. So if you haven’t seen any of those, click back to whatever procrastinating website you were on. But if you have…Well, it’s time to let the hype flow in.

Civil War?

After the events of the last Avengers movies and The Winter Soldier, governments all around the world are starting to be wary of the Avengers. While many consider them heroes, it’s undeniable that there have been innocent casualties. So the United Nations come up with a law that would put the Avengers under the supervision of the UN, instead of being the private organization that they are now. Tony Stark believes putting the team in check will minimize the damage and gain back the trust of the people. While Steve Rogers refuses to follow the agenda of the powerful and tries to prove the innocence of his childhood friend Bucky Barnes; who may or may not have been framed for a crime against the UN.

Five reasons

I realize that, by the time I post this, most people haven’t seen the movie yet. I only just saw it myself and I’m still a bit too much in awe to write an unbiased review. But then again, isn’t that why we go to the movies? To walk out of the theatre, forget all about the flaws you might have seen, and just go like: “wow, I want to see it again.”

So without further ado, here are five reasons to go watch Captain America: Civil War. Right now.

[1] New Avengers kick assThe-Falcon-in-Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-Wallpaper

The ending of Age Ultron raised some serious questions about their new line-up. But only ten minutes into the movie, I can assure you those doubts will be gone. The new members fit in so incredibly well that it’s hard to imagine they have only been in one or two Marvel movies before. They have chemistry, pull off insane combo moves, and manage to stand their own as characters. Especially Sam Wilson and Wanda Maximoff, aka Falcon and Scarlet Witch, get their fair amount in the spotlight.

[2] Team Cap…AND Team Iron Man.Marvel Civil War

One of the biggest concerns for a movie about heroes clashing, is whether the conflict is believable or not. Do both sides have a plausible reason to fight (or not fight)? In the case of Civil War, the answer is a full-blown yes. The movie spends a lot of time raising the stakes and the tension rises accordingly. There is a lot riding on this fight, but both sides know what they’re getting into and fight for what they think is right. Well except for Agent 13, she just wants to get in the Cap’s pants. But can you blame her? I mean, have you seen those musc—ANYWAY. My point is that I went in Team Cap but ended up right in the middle. And that’s exactly how it should be.

[3] Best. Superhero rumble. Ever.Captain America: Civil War

Look I don’t care if you’re team Marvel, team DC, or team My Little Pony. I don’t see how anyone could not appreciate the action scenes going on here. The brothers Russo took what they did in The Winter Soldier, and applied it to every single fight in Civil War. It doesn’t matter if it’s a witch versus an android or a super soldier versus a weaponized suit. The action is tremendously well executed and well spread over the entire movie. The big climactic airport fight in particular did not disappoint. Fitting the amount of characters they have in one fight, without neglecting a single one of them, must have been hell to work out. But they pulled it off and it looks glorious.

[4] Character-driven storycap

But like I said, despite all the “trying to smash each other’s face in”, Civil War takes its time to build up its characters and the conflict between or within them. This movie is so much more than a dispute between Captain America and Iron Man. It’s about Steve’s friendship with Bucky, Tony’s conscience, and the burden of being a “superhero”. In fact, seeing Cap, Falcon and the Winter Soldier together like some kind of super cop buddy trio was probably one of my favorite parts. Considering the amount of characters, and the groundwork they had to lay out for future films, Civil War does a fantastic job with fleshing out its heroes.

[5] There’s a new kid in town

Don’t worry, I’ll leave Spider-Man for the actual film

In case you didn’t notice, this is the spoiler-ish part. So again, if you haven’t seen any trailers; one, you shouldn’t have been here in the first place; two, get out.

Obviously the “new kid” is Spider-Man, and not just him. Also joining the fray is King T’Challa of Wakanda, the Black Panther. Both of them had quite a presence in the promo for this movie. And it would have been disappointing, but not unthinkable, that their roles stayed limited to just that. But not this time. Though not leading roles, their roles are still significant in this movie. More so than the man behind the scenes to be honest. Seriously Marvel, fix your villain problem.

Black Panther was a beast. He was intimidating, his suit looked incredible and I am looking forward to seeing more of him. But the big question mark was: “would Tom Holland cut it as Spider-Man?” And Holy Iron Balls, yes. He does. I don’t care what anyone says about his age and the suit, and neither will you after seeing him on screen. The writing and the performance of both Peter Parker and his alias Spider-Man, are the best I have seen on the big screen so far. It’s too soon to judge his solo movie based on a supporting role. But I am so on board with the new Friendly Neighborhood Spider.


Captain America: Civil War knocks out the competition and seizes the 2016 Superhero throne. In-between all the awesome explosions and fights, Marvel showed a level of maturity and depth that we have only seen (slightly) in The Winter Soldier before. Despite having so much ground to cover, the Russo brothers directed a smartly engineered movie that never stops moving. It showed confidence, humor and heart. Goosebumps.

Captain America: Civil War is the movie equivalent of a:
Happily ever after
True love. You still remember the first time you saw it. You can’t even hear the haters, this is life.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, …
Duration: 147 minutes

Ps: Stay for the mid-credits and after-credits.


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  • Aanvaardbaar (6%)
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