After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the future of the group is under scrutiny from media and political standpoints. Due to the consequences of previous actions and the collateral damage caused to humanity, a new governing body takes control of the team; A rift between Captain America (Chris Evans) himself and the industrial billionaire, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) begins to erupt; sides are taken through the whole team, as well as a little help from some outsiders.
We’re greeted by intense action right from the get go, and it is evidently consistent throughout. The pure brilliance that is seen in the airport scene sits firmly in my memory as a truly spectacular display of superhero cinema action. And that’s not even the last of it. It becomes fairly heartbreaking to spectate fights between two beloved MCU heroes in seemingly failed attempts to secure the future of the Avengers. Individuals of the team each share their own reasons for agreeing or disagreeing to the treaty signing, and the character development throughout is excellent. The antagonistic force appears to become each other once the foundations are placed, distracting the audience and making them question who the real hero is.
The Captain takes sides with his oldest friend Bucky, who is a wanted man after being brainwashed by HYDRA and refuses to sign the agreement with the governing body. It’s another example of Steve Rogers’ attempt of rebellion, demanding to keep the world safe through his own terms. He’s stubborn to say the least, but his firm grip on loyalty – evident in his previous solo endeavours – is to be admired: he never does give up on his friend, despite the trouble this relationship puts him in.
Let’s talk about Spider-man, it would be impossible to avoid the subject. As it’s youngster newcomer Tom Holland‘s first appearance as the webbed hero, it was this that would be the test to see if he will stand out and excel in his upcoming solo movie in 2017. And that he did. He’s young, a lot younger than the other individuals involved in the fight, but he uses this to an advantage: a fresh and entertaining bundle of webs, quite a contrast to the regular does of seriousness seen in the Avengers line-up.
The cast is firmly at it’s best, joined by excellent additions such as Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther, a determined African heir who becomes involved following the death of his father from the hands of the Winter Soldier assassin. The masked vigilant is on the prowl for the man responsible, taking the side of Tony Stark. The ever wonderful Paul Rudd also joins in the Avenger action, maintaining his comical Ant-Man; he may only be around for a couple of scenes, but it’s definitely worth the appearance. Both these appearances increasingly heightens the excitement for their MCU instalments in the future.
My main and perhaps only irritation lie in the character of Bucky, yet this may just remain as a personal adversary. His character has become interchangeable throughout the Captain America sequence, which of course is down to the influence that HYDRA have gained over him. Yet his unstable character consistently drags his old friend into the midsts of unfortunate circumstances, and subsequently is the cause for a lot of conflict; even between comrades. When truly taking this into account, it does give proof to the idea of Bucky in fact being a highly effective character. Or perhaps the Captain is just too soft on the soldier.
Ever increasingly entertained by this epic. The plot is simple enough to follow, and the characters are so diverse and individual that they manage to each stand out in an effective and interesting dynamic. Marvel is definitely here at it’s finest, displaying the capabilities to engage and sustain a bunch of big personalities in harmony. Captain America may get slightly upstaged by the presence of Iron Man at times, but this is a true CA feature, different from the Avenger instalments – although the company of the other heroes does prove to be a welcome addition. Now, who’s excited for Avengers: Infinity War?