Friday, 6 May 2016

Captain America: Civil War - The scoop and digest

Based on crossover comic of same name, can the dynamic directing duo of Anthony and Joe Russo emulate their rather impressive sequel The Winter Soldier?

Chris Evans - Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. - Tony Stark / Ironman
Scarlett Johannson - Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Sebastian Stan - Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Paul Bettany - Vision
Anthony Mackie - Sam Wilson / Falcon
Paul Rudd - Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Jeremy Renner - Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Don Cheadle - James Rhodes / War Machine
Tom Holland - Peter Parker / Spider-Man

In 1991, members of Hydra revive Bucky Barnes who becomes obedient when a specific series of words are quoted.

It's like Robocop 2 when OCP reprogrammed Murphy with hundreds of crazy commands.

Although few are shown on screen, most amusing is Directive 247.

"Don't run through puddles and splash pedestrians or other cars."

Using any means necessary, he's sent to acquire a suitcase containing super soldier serum.

Not long after Steve Rogers and his team prevent Brock Rumlow from stealing a bio weapon from laboratory in Lagos, Secretary Thaddeus Ross informs the UN are preparing to green light governing body Sokovia Accords, which will oversee and regulate Avengers activity.

Opinion is divided, with Tony Stark for and Steve Rogers not too keen.

Politics eh?

Following their ratification in Vienna, Natasha survives a bombing which kills King T'Chaka of Wakanda.

His son T'Challa vows revenge and the dirty finger of blame is pointed at Barnes.

Rogers and co protect him in Bucharest, but end up getting arrested.

Colonel Zemo sings Barnes a lullaby and mayhem ensues.

After chewing gristle with Barnes, Rogers learns bad guy Zemo is heading to Siberian facility to wake more Winter Soldiers created with half-inched serum.

Captain America's team:

Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Winter Soldier.

against

Ironman's team:

War Machine, Vision, Black Widow, Spider-Man and Black Panther.

Believe me, scrap is 'Marvel'ous.

Peeps are captured in the aftermath, while Rogers and Barnes head to Hydra's headquarters in Siberia.

Stark arrives shortly after and calls a truce.

The other Winter Soldiers are dead and footage shows Barnes murdered Stark's parents back in 1991.

Tut tut Zemo.

Did Rogers know all along?

Busted.

Stark is apoplectic and doesn't hold back.

Barnes' robotic arm is blasted off but Rogers manages to disable Stark's suit.

He and Barnes make haste and T'Challa poops on Zemo's suicide party.

Rogers busts allies out of clink and during credit roll, Barnes voluntarily enters cryogenic stasis at Black Panther's base.

Post-credits scene sees a convalescing Peter Parker using web-shooters to project Spidey symbol on bedroom ceiling.

Adult, intelligently written and grossly entertaining, this is probably the best Marvel film yet.

Six bruising brawls rolled into one superb sequence emits more energy than the sun.

In full:

Winter Soldier v Black Panther
Hawkeye v Black Widow
Scarlet Witch v Vision
War Machine v Falcon
Ant-Man v Spider-Man

Oh man, almost forgot about Cap and that Iron geezer.

Thanos? His time will come.

Tom Holland doesn't bring an excellent spectacle down, but new Spider-Man is generally more irritating than Passing Go and landing on Income Tax.

Just for fun, another Tom Holland gave us 80s classics Child's Play and Fright Night.

Next on the superhero menu is X-Men: Apocalypse.

Can't wait.

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