Yeash! The most awaited Hollywood film for almost a year is out. This film is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Before its release, the expectation for this particular superhero movie was sky high as usual. But, that sort of hype is quite normal if we get to see Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and Spiderman fight against each other!
Oh God, what a big list! I literally had to google out to know about some of the lesser known superheroes. To be honest, I haven’t read a comic series completely. Speaking about comic books, this movie borrows concepts from the 2006 comic book storyline Civil War. However, this limited edition series is far more complicated compared to its digitalized counterpart. Some of the aftermath of that particular series are listed below.
- Captain America is apparently assassinated by Crossbones(acting on orders from the Red Skull) and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter (who had been brainwashed by Doctor Faustus). However it was Sharon Carter who actually shot Captain America.
- The Avengers Initiative (also known as the “Fifty State Initiative”) is created.
- Iron Man becomes the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- The New Avengers go underground. Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, and Ronin join the team.
- Iron Man sets up his own team of Avengers (featured in the title The Mighty Avengers).
Coming to the movie, the first half isn’t full of action and stunts. To be honest, the first half was quite boring. As the first half of the film had apparently no fight sequences, they literally had to deliver more such scenes in the second half. Which, they quite managed to deliver. But still, I didn’t find it up to the mark, as most of the fight sequences were more comical than being full of steel. Still, for an average movie goer, the film seems to be quite good. With all the hype it created prior to its release, I’ve to admit that I was quite disappointed with the way in which the movie was carried upon.
With all the, “Whose side are you on?” slogans being chanted all over the world, you won’t experience something extraordinary. The film seems to lag at times. There is a lack of passion in many a scene. If you go with absolutely no expectation, it might make you like the film at least to some extent. Still, I expect that this film is just the beginning of something big to come, hopefully. Marvel has lost to the DC Comics this time around. With the “Superman vs Batman” film faring much better than this particular installment of the Captain America series.
Director – Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Writers – Screenplay: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Comic book: Mark Millar
Characters: Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
Cinematography – Trent Opaloch
Music – Henry Jackman
Editing – Jeffrey Ford & Matthew Schmidt
Casting – Sarah Finn
Costumes – Judianna Makovsky
Chris Evans – Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow
Sebastian Stan – Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie – Falcon
Don Cheadle – War Machine
Jeremy Renner – Hawkeye
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
Paul Bettany – Vision
Elizabeth Olsen – Scarlet Witch
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man
Emily VanCamp – Sharon Carter
Tom Holland – Spider-Man
IMDB Rating – 8.5/10
My Rating – 7.5/10
*With insights from imdb.com & wikipedia.org