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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

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