This week, Thursday through Sunday, The Reel is showing the third installment of the Captain America movies, Civil War. Starring Chris Evans in the titular role, the movie also features Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and several other serial Marvel stars. With this movie taking the role as the pivot point between Marvel’s “Stage Two” and “Stage Three” in their Cinematic Universe, it is an important watch for anybody keeping up with the timeline, as well as anybody who is just along for the ride.
Not only is Civil War the third Captain America movie, it is the 13th feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following other movies like Iron Man, Thor, and Ant-Man, the most apparent sequitur is Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The events of Avengers 2 are the main discussion point in Civil War, as well as characters introduced in the predecessor are heavily involved in the film. Vision and Scarlet Witch both play major roles in the plot of this film, as well as Bucky Barnes, or the Winter Soldier as he is known in the movie and title of the second Captain America Film. Certainly, due to this point, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron are recommended viewing before you see this.
The movie itself, whether watching it for the first time or the fifteenth, is certainly worth the two dollars (four without a TUID). If it’s your first time seeing the film, get ready for an unconventional emotional rollercoaster. Eight year on-screen friendships are threatened, favorite partnerships are torn to shreds, and new alliances are formed. Not to mention new enemies made, however not the conventional big bad as often seen in these multi-million dollar films. More subvert than most villains, however his back story can be seen as less compelling. With this “weaker” villain, the overall plot has more room for the political lines it hopes to push to the front, specifically the divide between the Avengers and other heroes. Also, if you’ve already seen the movie, seeing it again will give you the chance to pick up on subtle additions to the movie that the writers and directors add that you might not have noticed the first time. These “easter eggs”, as they are called, as well as the opportunity to open new dialogue with friends who you haven’t seen it with are great reasons to re-watch it on campus. With fantastic fight scenes, twists and turns, political plotlines, and excellent cinematography, seeing Captain America: Civil War certainly should not be a split decision. See it at The Reel in the basement of the south wing of the Howard Gittis Student Center from Thursday September 15 to Sunday September 18th with showings at seven o’clock and ten o’clock.