“Captain America: Civil War” just became Marvel’s best superhero movie to date

Abby Letscher, Staff Writer

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The ridiculous amount of hype surrounding the release of “Captain America: Civil War,” along with the fact that it’s a Marvel movie gives viewers lofty expectations for this film. However, the third instalment of the Captain America saga definitely lives up to the hype.

“Civil War” pits your favorite heroes against each other while simultaneously answering the question everyone has about superhero movies: who deals with collateral damage when heroes battle it out with villains? However, you won’t have to worry about rooting against your favorite character, as the movie highlights the moral ambiguity of each side.

That’s the glory of Marvel movies: there’s no need to worry about this movie getting too dark because, just when it is getting solemn, someone will crack a one liner that easily lightens the mood.”

— Abby Letscher

Almost every hero in this movie has their own hardships to deal with, what with fighting against their friends. Often, we see Captain America and Iron Man as unbeatable machines, but this movie humanizes the superheros that seem larger than life by showing their inner struggles in their past and in the present. The characterization in “Civil War” is spot on, and the writers expertly show the multiple sides of each character.

The villain in “Civil War” is unlike any other villain in the Marvel universe. His motivation and reasoning create layers in the antagonist, a character type that many write off as always completely wrong or evil. He really rounds out the whole idea that the world isn’t black and white. The movie makes a point to highlight the moral grey area in every war.

Visually, the movie is stunning. Action movies aren’t typically seen described as beautiful, but there is no other word for how “Civil War” looks. Even in the fight scenes, every shot is carefully planned.

While the fight scenes are action-packed, there are only so many ways to make each fight seem fresh, and by the end the scenes—though amazing—dragged on far too long. The movie gives a more in depth look into the extent of Scarlet Witch’s powers, which are awesome. She is without a doubt the most powerful character in the movie, perhaps even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The massive battle between Team Iron Man and Team Captain America showcases most of the heroes’ powers. This scene, while spectacular, is inevitably a little cheesy, but it was an opportunity for the film to show off powers and special effects while also providing comic relief at times. That’s the glory of Marvel movies: there’s no need to worry about this movie getting too dark because, just when it is getting solemn, someone will crack a one liner that easily lightens the mood.

Marvel has just topped themselves with “Civil War.” It is, in my opinion, the best Captain America movie and perhaps even the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie is without a doubt worth a watch, even at its two and a half hour runtime. “Captain America: Civil War” may go down in the history books as the best superhero movie ever, second only to “Sky High.”