You guys? I think I’m over Marvel movies. This makes me sad.
I suppose I keep hoping that each new Marvel movie will recapture some of the greatness of the first Avengers and Iron Man. Perhaps it’s because I had no expectations then and it was easy to be blown away. In setting the bar so high early on, it seems that each new installment is destined to fall short. Captain America: Civil War (2016) is no exception.
Some spoilers below.
In this latest installment, the Cap, Falcon, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch find themselves at fault for destroying a building and killing innocent lives during a battle in the African nation of Wakanda. Owing to similar destruction during Avengers: Age of Ultron, the UN is attempting to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will put a leash on the Avengers’ actions in effort to prevent such loss from happening again. The team is split, with Iron Man in favor of such oversight and the Cap in favor of using his own judgment. Meanwhile, during a conference in Vienna where the Accords are to be ratified, a bomb kills King T’Chaka of Wakanda. The bomber is revealed to be Bucky, of Winter Soldier fame, and the King’s son, T’Challa, vows to get his revenge. Welcome to the gang, Black Panther.
Now, this other dude, Helmut Zemo, is trying to track down Bucky for his own purposes. You see, his family was killed during the Age of Ultron Sokovia battle and he wants his own revenge. But, because the Cap understands that Bucky was brainwashed, he wants to save his friend and go after Zemo. Iron Man is all, “We’re not supposed to do that!” and the Cap is all, “I don’t care!” and the two gather their teams (including Spider Man and Ant-Man) and throw down in an airport, which, of course, wreaks its own destruction and maybe this is why you guys should have some more self-control, hmm?
It’s a lot of plot for one movie and I’m not sure that it works out all that well. I appreciate the idea that the Avengers should be made to answer for the aftermath of their “heroism” and that anyone can commit terrible acts given sufficient motivation (or brainwashing), but the plot is essentially based on the Cap’s ego trip that he should get to do whatever he wants with impunity. I should say that Captain America is my least favorite of the Avengers, so anything that centers around him I’m bound to find a bit boring. He’s just too black and white. (Thankfully, this movie is somewhat saved by Black Panther, who I can’t wait to see in his own movies.)
I don’t know where this puts me with Marvel movies going forward. They may just be relegated to wait-for-DVD status. What a sad thought.