MCU Moments: Captain America: Civil War
With Avengers: Infinity War officially only a week away, we’re wrapping up this series with a look at another game changer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last week we looked at four moments from The Avengers, and this week we dive into the wonderful world of Captain America: Civil War. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the film was directed by the amazing Joe and Anthony Russo. The story followed a fracture within the Avengers after an international oversight plan is advocated. In addition to featuring most of our favorite characters outside of Thor and Hulk, the film also introduced Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. It premiered in the United States on May 6, 2016, and grossed $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2016. At the time of its release, Captain America: Civil War quickly became a fan favorite and was widely considered as one of the best films from Marvel Studios.
So, what are some of the most memorable moments from Captain America: Civil War?
1) Black Panther Intervenes
There was a lot of buzz going into this film because two new characters were being introduced, and I have to admit that Black Panther’s entrance lives up to the hype. I do appreciate Bucky and Cap’s efforts in escaping Bucky’s apartment; there is some beautiful stunts and choreography in that sequence. However, few things are cooler than seeing Black Panther’s shadow emerge as Bucky runs across this rooftop. Their chase sequence is just as equally as impressive since Black Panther does awesome things like hang onto Falcon for a ride.
2) A Glimpse of Queens
So, we know how quickly things go south in the film. Team Iron Man needs some back up, and that transition to New York is beautiful. The music and the visuals are striking in that moment, and I will never forget the crowd’s reaction in the theater as we follow Peter Parker into that apartment. Not only did we get our first interaction with Tom Holland as Spider-Man, but we also got to meet Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and begin this mentor-like relationship between Peter and Tony.
3) That Airport Sequence
I feel like including this might be cheating since it’s like fifteen minutes long, but this entire airport sequence is incredible. Every single one of these heroes is featured at some point in this sequence, and I still stand amazed that they were able to accomplish that. In addition to featuring every hero, they were still able to stay true to every character’s personality. Spider-Man nervously talks a lot; Natasha and Clint throw their punches while fighting each other; Falcon and Bucky don’t love being partnered together. All of these little details work, and of course, the humor is pretty close to perfect. From Peter’s Star Wars reference to Tony’s reaction when Ant-Man becomes giant, this whole sequence is pretty unforgettable.
4) T’Challa’s Resolution
While all of the action and fight sequences throughout this movie are top notch, one of my favorite parts in the entire film is T’Challa’s final moment with Zemo. Not only is it a great performance from Bruhl and Boseman, but it’s a memorable moment for T’Challa. T’Challa comes to this conclusion, “Vengeance has consumed you. It’s consuming them. I’m done letting it consume me.” It gives his character a beautiful arc while also setting us up for what a good man this character truly is.
So, we’ve made our opinions know, but what moments stand out from Captain America: Civil War for you?
Be sure to share them in the comments below, and be on the lookout next Friday as the wait ends and we post our non-spoiler review for Avengers: Infinity War.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.