Confession: I’m not a fan of comics superheroes
There. I said it. I may have lost half of my Disney friends, but I said it.
I’m not a fan of Marvel or superhero movies.
I don’t really know what an Avenger is or where they come from.
Despite my aversion, I have managed to watch a few superhero movies – Ant Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now, Captain America: Civil War.
The opportunity presented itself to see the media preview of Civil War, so I decided to take my soon-to-be 16-year-old son (who is a Marvel fan) as an early birthday treat.
Captain America: Civil War Didn’t Suck for a Superhero Movie Review
So what did this anti-superhero reviewer think of the 3rd installment of the Captain America series?
I liked it! Despite being unfamiliar with the characters & backstories, the movie as enjoyable and fun to watch.
In Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers find themselves faced with a decision that divides the group with one side led by Captain America/Steve Rogers and the other by Iron Man/Tony Stark. Revelations about Tony Stark’s past further pull he and Steve Rogers apart.
The action sequences and stunts in Civil War are AMAZING. Seriously. Their stunt team deserves an Oscar for their work. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly get better, they do. And the women? They seriously kick some behind.
Civil War reunites many of your favorite Avengers: Captain America/Steve Rogers, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson/Falcon, Rhodey/War Machine, Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Vision, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch, and yes, even Scott Lang/Ant-Man. It also introduces T’Challa/Black Panther and a fledgling Avenger we will discuss further in a minute.
The movie is rated PG-13 for the violence in the action sequence. In typical superhero fashion, that violence involves little blood and no gore. And of course, our superheroes come out of their epic fights with just a black eye and a few scratches.
However, there is a very personal fight scene between two of the characters that may be disturbing to younger children. It isn’t the violence of the scene that may upset them as much as who is in the fight.
Let’s talk about the new web-slinger
Captain America: Civil War introduces the new character Spiderman. Okay, he isn’t new to us, but he is new to the current Avengers franchise. The introduction is a way to segue into the Spiderman movie that is coming in 2017.
Peter Parker as himself, and as his alter-ego Spiderman, was both the best and the worst part of the film.
Spiderman delivered the funniest lines in the movie and watching his first fight as an Avenger was loads of fun.
However, both me and my son had a problem with the age Peter Parker is in the film.
Up until now, Peter Parker has always been portrayed in movies as an older teen or young adult. In this film he is a young 14-15 year old.
This threw off both me and my son, as we both felt Peter Parker was too young to be Spiderman.
However, after doing a little internet research, it appears that in the comics Peter Parker is about 15 years old when he becomes Spiderman. So in fact, Civil War may be the first movie to portray a young Spiderman at an appropriate age.
Take your family to see Captain America: Civil War
So to sum it up, we think Captain America: Civil War is a movie the whole family can enjoy.
After the movie, head to Twitter and cast your vote for #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan.
And moms, you will enjoy Steve Roger’s rock-solid body 😉
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