Kicking off Phase 3 we have one of the most anticipated films in the MCU. Even before the film’s title was announced a lot of fans talked about wanting a Civil War film. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the idea back then but in the build up to this film when I could see it wasn’t going to be an adaptation of the comic event but rather its own story inspired by it I changed my mind (still don’t want a Budapest film though).
First off to anyone who comments on every new trailer, promo or TV spot saying “they’re spoiling the entire movie” you’re not even close to being right. For example Black Panther barely has any dialogue in the previews because most of the things he says are huge spoilers, there are several character we don’t learn the motivations of until we see the movie (including, of course, Black Panther) and of course other details I’m not going to mention. Even the action scenes shown in the trailers are just a small sample.
One of the things about this film a lot of people have been looking forward to is the introduction of Spider-Man into the MCU. And out of the three Spider-Men we’ve had so far this is already the best one. He is much more talkative in battle than Maguire and Garfield combined. This is Spider-Man and I can’t wait to see his solo movie.
Another character making his MCU debut is Black Panther who is a little harder to talk about because a lot about his role in the film is a huge spoiler. However I can say he’s one of the best characters in this movie and as excited as I am about Spidey’s solo movie I’m even more eager to see more from T’Challa. I wish we didn’t have to wait until 2018.
The returning characters continue to be great too and we get to see new interactions between characters such as Scarlet Witch and Vision as well as Ant-Man and the rest of Cap’s team. Some of the most amusing interactions are between Bucky and Falcon. This is a very character driven movie. The best scenes aren’t the fights (though they are pretty cool) but the scenes where characters explain, discuss and debate their reasons for being on their side of the conflict.
If you’re a fan of the MCU, particularly of the characters, you’re going to enjoy this movie. Phase 3 is off to a great start. Also just so you know there are two bonus scenes to watch in the credits, I counted 16 people who left before the second one came up. Not sure what movie I’ll be watching next but hopefully I’ll have another review up soon.