Marvel hasn’t had much trouble getting audiences to see its films, but it looksas if the studio hascreated a landmark moment with its latest movie, “Captain America: Civil War” (opening Friday).
With a rating of 92% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday, “Civil War,” the first acclaimed blockbuster of the summer season, isn’t just being called a great movie. It’s being called one of the greatest superhero movies ever made – at a time when some people seem to be tiring of the genre.
Any movie in which the Avengers duke it out will set up major expectations (the movie has set the record for most advance ticket sales for Fandango). But the refined storytelling and buildup of drama in the movie, in which Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) form factions, count more.
The box office for “Civil War” is certain to break records this weekend, but here’s why it could also propel Marvel and other superhero movies forward and why you should see it:
It’s the best Marvel superhero movie yet.
We know – it’s a bold statement. But with the combination of action, suspense, and emotion from the story, it’s hard not to call it that.
“This is Marvel at their best: a pacey, intelligent super-sized blockbuster and a roaringly fun night out,” Time Out London wrote.
“‘Captain America: Civil War’ feels like a pinnacle for Marvel,” Uproxx wrote. “Like, I can’t imagine their movies getting any better. This feels like the crescendo. This feels like the movie this series has been building towards for eight years. After all these movies, Marvel earned this fight. This is the best Marvel movie so far.”
It makes you forget about “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
- Warner Bros
Released soon after the dark and depressing “Batman v Superman,” this movie proves that you can touch on dramatic material but still have fun.
“For audiences feeling burned by the superhero brawling in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ just hang on – it’s not what you’re thinking,” TheWrap wrote.
“Forget ‘Batman v Superman.’ Here you get Ant-Man v Spider-Man, Hawkeye v Black Widow, Scarlet Witch v Vision, The Winter Soldier v Black Panther, and (well, duh) Captain America v Iron Man, all rolled into one. And that is what you call the ultimate Marvel superhero event,” Empire wrote.
The big Avengers battle is a set piece that actually delivers.
It’s the moment you’re most excited to see, and it’s done perfectly.
“This scene is easily the best in the movie; it manages to feel dangerous and fun at the same time, a feat in and of itself,” Nerdist wrote.
“The climactic battle in Leipzig Airport is Civil War’s high point: fast, inventive, and funny,” The Village Voice said. “It also finds suspense, and even some pathos, in the idea of superhumans pulling their punches; they’re explicitly trying not to kill each other, and it turns out that’s sort of hard.”
Spider-Man is a scene-stealer.
Tom Holland in action as the latest Spidey is a surprising highlight, given how many versions of the hero we’ve seen before. The 19-year-old English actor does not disappoint.
“Previous movies have had issues balancing the youthful banter and scientific confidence of the comic-book wallcrawler, but Holland nails the role in every aspect,” USA Today wrote.
“It’s too early to call Holland the best silver-screen Spider-Man (let’s see him anchor his own film first) but the young actor is a delight who embodies the character perfectly,” The Playlist wrote.
It’s the best Marvel movie ever — and a boon for superheroes — because it’s much more than two hours of action.
At its core, “Civil War” is a battle of wills between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, two men who are so firm (and perhaps stubborn) about doing what they believe is right that they are willing to destroy the Avengers for their causes.
Though it is filled with plenty of rollicking action, it’s a testament to directors Anthony and Joe Russo that its psychological crux is never lost.
“‘Civil War’ is nothing if not a testament to the benefits of continuity; this is the rare Marvel sequel that feels like not just a continuation but a culmination,” Variety wrote.
“‘Captain America: Civil War’ marks a watershed moment in the vaunted annals of comic-book cinema: Finally, a big-budget superhero sequel that manages to be both effortlessly entertaining and utterly sobering, instead of just one of those things,” The Daily Beast said, under the headline, “‘Captain America: Civil War’ makes superhero movies great again.”