REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

When The Avengers came out in 2012, it seemed like the ultimate climax of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, it was simply the climax to the first act of what would ultimately be three (or four) phases, each with their own Avengers capper.

The worry that came with that, particularly after the behemoth scale of The Avengers, was… How could Marvel hope to top (or even just equal) a supergroup movie with more standalone pictures hinged on individual superheroes, without just creating the impression of the franchise just spinning its wheels?

Marvel being the Pixar it currently is, they pulled it off. Not only that, but despite the fact The Avengers: Age of Ultron proved to be even better than The Avengers, it was outdone by Captain America: The Winter Soldier — the best movie Marvel had yet made, despite it being a sequel to the worst they’d made.

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RANKED: Marvel Studios

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Marvel Studios

Chris Luckett

Marvel continues its dominance of the superhero sub-genre with their latest chapter, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Despite it being only the second standalone Captain America movie (not including previous incarnations), anyone who’s watched a Marvel movie in the last six years knows the whole universe of their films are intricately connected.

Since 2008, when Marvel Studios exploded onto the scene with Iron Man, the studio has built an interconnected series of superhero stories that weave through and around each other, before occasionally culminating in an Avengers movie. The series – eight in all so far, not including Captain America: The Winter Soldier – hasn’t had a perfect track record, but it’s yielded more hits than misses.

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