Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Length and Rating: 147 min PG-13
The world has been saved by the Avengers, and on more than one occasion. All the Marvel films surrounding the superheroes show nothing short of the lengths these people go to in order to stop the bad guy. But what happens after the day is saved? When the dust is settled after buildings are torn apart and cities are destroyed. There has been no consideration for the lost of innocent lives that have happened since the Avengers. Until now.
After the death of innocent civilians during the latest mission from Captain America (Chris Evans) and his band of superheroes, the hammer has come down on them. The solution is the Accord, a document that will make the Avengers act under a UN task force. Meaning the Avengers can only act when there are allowed to do so, by a vote of this committee. This divides the group in half, on one side there’s Cap who believes that the Avengers should help no matter what. Stating that once they sign this document they become a tool to a powerful group, which has the power to manipulate them for their own agenda. On the other side is Iron Man (Robert Downy Jr.) who urges that there has to be some limitations on their abilities. Allowing there to be more accountability for them moving forward.
The film does a great job in establishing the two sides to this issue. There is no clear right side to this problem. There is no black and white; rather the film is just all grey. You will be flip flopping sides until you are just completely stuck in the middle. And seeing the Avengers themselves divide over this is difficult, because neither one of them are wrong.
The multiple trailers that have been released for this film definitely make it seem like it is Avengers 3 instead of a Captain America film, but that is deceiving. This is a Captain America film and it follows events from the previous film. Although the usual suspects of the Avengers are in this film, there is continual focus being drawn to the relationship between Cap and Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan), which makes it more a Captain America film.
Among this group of heroes are notable newcomers Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spiderman (Tom Holland), both as a great addition to the film and to the Marvel universe. Boseman’s Black Panther is racked with anger and revenge, which motivates his actions for most of the film. But the scene-stealer is Holland’s Spiderman, who joins the fight as the youngest of the superheroes. Being able to portray the youthfulness without coming off as annoying or dumb was fantastic. A very real interpretation of a teenager that has just been thrown into the superhero battle of the decade while also trying to learn his own abilities as well. Both of these character introductions will make audiences excited for their own solo films.
I’m not lying in saying that this is a long film, but it’s necessary in order for every character to get their fair share of the screen. No character (or actor) is just in the film for the sake of being in it. Everyone serves a purpose in this ensemble. The special effects are amazing, but would you expect anything less from a Marvel film. You go into the film wanting to see Captain America and Iron square off and those films do not disappoint either, but it the moments that lead up to this battle-royale that make this film more than just a superhero movie.
So whose team are you on?
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “This job… we try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody. But if we can’t find a way to live with that, next time… maybe nobody gets saved.” – Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans)