Captain America: Civil War (dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, 2016) – Political interference drives a rift in the Avengers initiative, where former allies stand divided.
Thoughtful themes ignite a thrilling internal strife, safe but effectual in its outcome.
Some celebrate heroes for the lives they save. Others mourn the lives they did not. In due time, vigilantes will be held accountable for their unregulated missions and the consequent collateral damage.
Enter The United Nations and their proposal of the Sokovia Accords, seeking to legitimise their oversight of The Avengers initiative. Here, the assembled heroes reach an impasse: Steve Rogers against surrendering their independence, and Tony Stark for entrusting control to bureaucracy.
Former allies are driven apart by their established ideals. Exploiting its advantage of a solid cinematic history, Captain America: Civil War does well to justify the opposing camps.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (dir. The Russo Brothers, 2014) – Steve Rogers faces an unfamiliar era of moral complexities and a new threat from old history, the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
Captain America‘s sequel at last assembles the right team, both on screen and off, and pushes for the grandeur that Steve Rogers deserves.
Waking to his home made foreign and estranged by time, the last 70 years of quintessential music and baseball history are probably the last thing on Cap’s mind.
Placing that list on the back burner, Steve Rogers finds plenty else to keep busy with. For one, the new era confounds him with a myriad vastly different ideals, at times draped in grey morality. Caught in the Gordian knot of civil liberties, he wrangles with the lasting conundrum of where freedom ends and fear begins.
Finesse lies in this clever exploitation of present-day anxieties that well resonate with the current reality of America’s political climate. The situation finds relevance in the modern age of surveillance, data leaks and drone warfare. Without diving too far into spoiler territory, the grounded premise lays the floor for a compelling political thriller that exceeds your typical comic book adaptation.
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Captain America: The First Avenger (dir. Joe Johnston, 2011) – Rejected by the military service, Steve Rogers finds his second chance in Project Rebirth and takes on his new identity as the all-American superhero.
The young Captain wins us over with a heartfelt origins story, though disappointment abounds in his weak opponent.
Contrary to critics’ belief, Captain America is someone’s favourite. Who wouldn’t root for the underdog to come out on top? Chris Evans embodies the hero with natural credibility, and there is just something genuine about the actor that makes him one of the most likeable Marvel superheroes so far.
The First Avenger marks the debut of the scrawny patriot before his transformation into an all-American icon. We spend much time with the little guy who hates bullies and never stands down from the big fights. Strength in his old-fashioned beliefs far exceed his thin physique, but the earnest fellow has us standing behind him.
When Steve Rogers packs on muscles through a super-soldier project, we cheer heartily at his deserved triumph against odds. In no time, he harnesses his new-found abilities and leaps comfortably to the forefront of action.
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