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‘Captain America: Civil War’ breaks box office

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BRUNSWICK, OH— Captain America: Civil War kicked into theaters May 6, 2016, the fanbase exploding with excitement over another installment to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Once again, another Marvel movie has broken the box office, with 942.9 USD, nearly peaking past The Avengers. With the cast reunited, they packed a punch and really blew me out of the water with their performance. Civil War featured a handful of new cast members, including Tom Holland (Spiderman), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), and Daniel Brühl (Baron Zemo). We also got to see familiar faces from other marvel movies as well, such as Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-man.

[SPOILERS AHEAD] Chronologically, the last movie before Civil War was Ant-man. However, the last time Captain America appeared was Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bucky, Cap’s best friend, Bucky, whom he thought died in WWII, last appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Consequently, Bucky is one of the main reasons the Avengers split sides in Civil War. Iron Man strongly believes that he is a dire threat to the world, since Hydra basically brainwashed him, altering his memories, swiveling his mind in a complete 180. He is dangerous and unhinged, and needs to be terminated— or so Iron Man thinks. Captain America, however, is convinced there is a light inside his best friend that still needs to break through. For me, one of the best things about these films is Cap’s undying commitment to his best friend. Bucky’s head becomes a four course meal of scrambled eggs, but the Captain still holds onto the possibility that he can be saved. And we do see a little bit of this in this movie, which lifts my spirits as well as everyone else’s.

Another thing that impressed me about Civil War was the exploration of wreckage, a problem that not many superhero tales address. The destruction left behind can make or break the admiration of a hero, and when Wanda intentionally destroys a building, killing a nearly a hundred innocent civilians, the people become a force to be reckoned with. The government uses this opportunity to issue the Sokovia Accords, a contract that states the Avengers shall no longer be a private organization. Instead, they have to operate under the supervision of a United Nation’s panel. This ends up dividing the members of the team, hence the name of the movie. I thought this was an interesting route, turning the heroes against one another. It added an extra oomph of flavor to the pot of catastrophe, and that’s what I value most in a superhero movie. Pure, unadulterated disaster mixes well with superhero story, especially if they’re acting like a high school clique gone haywire.

In regards to the humor, it had just enough to make the whole theater vibrate with laughter. What with Sam’s “I hate you” to Bucky after getting webbed by the young and jubilant Spiderman, and Black Panther’s hiss of “I don’t care” when Hawkeye introduced himself, I was thoroughly chortling in my seat. Also, a close contender was Tony “Stank.” That one will bite Tony Stark in the butt someday, I’m sure of it.

All in all, Captain America: Civil War was a phenomenally crafted film with hoards of action and a twinge of humor. I left the theater with the sudden urge to watch it again, but with a more extensive knowledge of the Marvel Universe. I’m looking forward to the next chapter the Avengers open up, hopefully something that will wow me as much as Civil War did. If you haven’t seen it yet, I totally recommend going with a group of friends during an upcoming weekend. You won’t leave the theater unsatisfied.131800

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ breaks box office