o, Captain America: Civil War has way more superpowers to take over the box office this blockbuster season than Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
It’s Avenger vs Avenger in this, the first film of Phase 3 of the Marvel Universe films. It begins with The Avengers facing the consequences of their actions after a whole lot of civilians are killed in Lagos during one of their operations.
Tony Stark/Iron Man pushes them to accept a global government oversight plan, while Steve Rogers/Captain America prefers to be free to save humanity without reference to politicians. You pick a side, but I am inclined to go with the politician-free one.
When a bomb disrupts a UN meeting to discuss the oversight plan, killing a king (our very own John Kani), and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is blamed for it, the catalyst for a battle of right and might between The Avengers is set. The newest arrival in the stable, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), has his own reasons for tagging along with Iron Man’s team. He’s spectacular, gracefully lethal, and his stand-alone film next year is already in my diary.
The film’s pivotal sequence is the two “teams” of Avengers’ showdown at an airport. The mashup has been nicknamed the “Splash Panel” because it is like a double-panel illustration in a comic book. Shot on Imax cameras, it is immersive and amazing. And Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), whose stand-alone film was more than a
SPLASH PANEL The showdown at the airport is so epic, it’s been compared to a double-panel illustration in a comic book