We just finished watching Captain America: Civil War for the first time, and we’re already planning on seeing it again this weekend. The hype is real and it is so warranted. If you ask me, Captain America: Civil War is the best Marvel movie to date and I say this as someone who loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the Avengers movies. There were so many badass scenes and spectacular aspects of Civil War that we couldn’t contain them in one review. It would be way too long and we know ain’t nobody got time for that. So rather than go on and on, we’re just going to break down the 9 times Civil War got us mad hyped!
When Captain America chased Black Panther who was chasing Bucky down the freeway…
While Jonny Q. and I don’t typically agree on the best length for an action-packed chase or fight scene, we both agreed that the chase scene featuring Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) running from Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who was being pursued by Captain America (Chris Evans) was all kinds of epic. First of all, whoever trained them (and their stunt doubles) to run like hell while making it look all so easy should get an award for that alone. Obviously, we’re not talking the CGI parts… Second, highlighting the superhuman strength of Cap, T’Challa, and Bucky by having them actually run up and over moving cars was brilliant. They killed it.
When Spider-Man showed up in all his teenage glory
Look, after the tragedy on film that was The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, I was highly skeptical about all the hype around Spidey showing up in Civil War. Once bitten, twice shy and all that. But this version of Peter Parker was finally done right. I daresay it’s the best version of Spider-Man on film ever… And I liked the Sam Raimi versions. The main reason for this is because Tom Holland is still actually a teenager (he’s 19), not a grown ass man pretending to be one. Second, he acted like a teenager and it was very real and quite organic. Good job, kid.
Anytime there was a fight scene with Bucky and Cap kicking ass
It’s clear that these actors either get along really well or they are friends in real life which marks the difference between the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the DC Cinematic Universe. And it was quite evident when comparing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. But more on that later… What I’m trying to say is that good chemistry makes for a really good fight scene, and that’s exactly what happened anytime Bucky got buck with Cap at his side (and vice versa). This is the most shared scene, but the best example of what I’m saying was when they had to fight their way out of Bucky’s little bachelor pad (How you doin’, Bucky? *wink*) to get away from German 5-0.
When Ant-Man got too big for his britches
This GIF doesn’t actually describe what I mean, but I’m trying to make this thing spoiler-free so… I will say this. When you do see what Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) does, you’ll be ready to give all your money to Ant-Man 2 before it premieres in 2018.
When Captain America repped Brooklyn
Listen, as a Brooklyn girl (Crown Heights!) I just about shot up into the mesosphere when Captain America told Spider-Man what borough he was repping. Clearly, Cap doesn’t have any beef with Petey Parker, especially because they’re both kids from New York City. But let’s be clear, Brooklyn is where the winners come from and Captain America is definitely one of Brooklyn’s finest. No offense, Queens.
Any fight scene with T’Challa to be honest
You’ll hear much ado about how T’Challa stole the show when he decided to go off on Bucky. Let us tell you that it is absolutely warranted. I mean, all of the actors were amazing. Robert Downey Jr. channeled a lot of pain and regret as Iron Man, Evans will be to Stever Rogers what Christopher Reeves (RIP) was (and is) to Superman, and I can’t imagine a better Winter Soldier than Stan. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. However, Black Panther’s presence on screen was like a burning hot sun beating down on you walking through the desert. Whenever Boseman was on screen, he was magnetic… He is simply perfection as the King of Wakanda. And we’re so pissed that we have to wait until 2018 for his standalone film.
When Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Agent 13 opened up cans of whoop ass
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Sharon Carter a.k.a Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) were some of the strongest characters in the movie. Black Widow was the voice of reason most of the time, and she was the only one who really seemed to see things from both sides (and agree with both). Scarlet Witch literally brought people down to their knees and would not be treated like a child. Then there’s Carter who, along with Black Widow, tried to beat the brakes off of Bucky. I love how they gave them quite a bit of agency and kept the romance bullshit to a minimum.
When Falcon told Tony Stark he would have “to go Mark Fuhrman” on his ass if Stark wanted answers
Again, I can’t give too much away, but this scene will make you laugh your ass off. Unless, of course, you have no sense of humor. In one particular scene, Falcon tells Tony that he will have to go “Mark Fuhrman” on his “ass” if he wants the information he’s looking for. I pretty much died.
The essential cameo by Stan Lee
There’s no GIF for this one… It would give away too much. Now, it’s no surprise that Stan Lee’s cameos are always hilarious. You never know where he’s going to show up. This one, however, is going to be talked about for awhile. Lee’s cameo was not only funny, but it was timely because it lightened up the somber mood.
You’re going to be hearing a lot about Captain America: Civil War in the coming weeks and with good reason. It’s not just your average comic book or superhero movie. The Russo Brothers managed to create a story with depth that will no doubt strike a chord with most of the audience because at its core Captain America: Civil War is about friendships, the changes that they go through, and most of all, about loyalty. It also sets up the future of the MCU very well, giving us little previews here and there of what to expect from future Marvel movies.
And for those who walked away concerned or worried about that future, just remember that these heroes, people have been through disaster after disaster together. It’s going to be all good.