Brother Against Brother: When Heroes Clash


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Nothing civil about this war.

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

Captain America was thrown down an elevator shaft like a human paper ball down a life-sized metal wastebasket.

The newest installment of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is “Captain America: Civil War.”

This is a film wherein heroes you know and have gotten to love over eight years come together and then eventually split up, practically down the middle, when faced with a decision that renders them at complete odds with one another.

The premise of the story is not just of a disagreement between the Marvel characters but the insatiable havoc that the lust of vengeance reaps.

Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/ Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.) have to come to terms with the damage the Avengers have done in past. Once frenemies who eventually became friends, are down each other’s throats and throwing their massively destructive punches at each other again.

Not to worry, there are plenty of bloody noses to go around.

Why? The third point to this triangle is the presence of Buckey Barnes also known as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The Avengers are being targeted from all sides and Captain America has to choose between his new crime-fighting ally and friend in Stark and his childhood friend and occasional enemy in Barnes.

The final battle between the three is emotionally charged, well choreographed and hits you right in the heart. It’s one moment out of the entire movie that stands out.

This is in addition to the introduction of new characters like King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker AKA Spider-man (Tom Holland.)

Black Panther showed up in a black cat suit. And while a joke was made within the movie by Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), I thought to myself, “Who said the whole cat role was meant solely for women?”

Apparently, it’s not. Black Panther proves it by kicking serious ass in his feline frock.

Viewers not familiar with the comics or cartoons may wonder, ‘why the hell is Spider-Man in the movie?’ The answer to this is simple: you’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

Although this film has more than enough action, as with most action flicks I thought it lacked depth. The actors chosen are nearly spot-on for their roles, obviously some playing their roles for longer periods of time than others, but it wasn’t the talent that’s causing this film to get three and half stars instead of five.

With it’s cool quips and funny jokes made every now and then, there is a certain something about this movie that was missing or perhaps I simply didn’t want it to end.

It didn’t seem like it took two and a half hours. And no, I don’t think it’s the greatest movie of all time but if you want to sit back and take in an interesting story, it’s entertaining fun.