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It's inevitable that this superhero vs. superhero film would be pitted against THAT other superhero battle which was released just last month... So... Here goes...
Although both films explore (almost) the same themes of destruction and carnage caused by the result of superheroes fighting forces of evil and the never-ending ethical debate on how to deal with it, "Marvel's Captain America: Civil War" has outdone itself with this one, outshining all the other Marvel entries that have led up to this blazing moment.
Very much an "Avengers" film rather than just a "Captain America" sequel, the film is the most matured film delivered by Marvel thus far which shows that the comic house does not only excel when it comes to stylish superhero action and slapstick scenes, but also dealing with the heavy-hitting humanity issues that for a superhero extravaganza, are quite relatable to us mere mortals.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo who also led "The Winter Soldier", the story starts off with a flashback scene for Bucky (props towards the successful continuity the franchise has been building all this while) until we're brought back to the present to Captain America and the gang on a mission that delivers tragic results.
When the U.S. secretary of state wants to regulate how superheroes operate and place them under the jurisdiction of the United Nations, Cap and his team think that this is a bad idea and refuse to submit lest it puts a stop to their immediate mobility.
On the other hand, we have Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man, who as we've already seen in "Iron Man 3" has been experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (again, good continuity build up leading up to "Civil War"), therefore obviously supports the government's solution as he feels that The Avengers should all be ethically responsible considering the fatalities that each one of the Avengers battles have undeniably caused.
Why and how Team Cap and Team Iron Man clash is a big part of the story, and with both sides able to justify their actions as both are thinking for the greater good, it only makes things harder and more suspenseful for the audience who await the climatic finale.
Again, back to THAT other superhero film where we had a senseless annoying villain, here we have a much subtle and cunning villain portrayed brilliantly by Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"), who has a grander plan that just the usual villain modus operandi of destroying the world, thus making him a worthy opponent for The Avengers.
Intensely executed fight scenes especially between Captain America and Iron Man are a marvel (pun intended) to watch on screen, and the creativity injected in choreographing the action scenes are rather intelligent, to say the least without giving much away. Cinema Online, 27 April 2016