Captain America: Civil War begins with the Avengers trying to retrieve a chemical weapon from terrorists in South America, however when civilians die because of the Avengers recklessness ,the United Nations decide to create a law that puts the Avengers under their control.

Some of the Avengers, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) see this as a good thing whilst the likes of Captain America (Chris Evans), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) see it as a dangerous thing. The difference of opinion inevitably leads to divided loyalties and ultimately civil war between the superheroes.

Add to the mix Captain America's best friend Bucky Barnes AKA the Winters Soldier (Sebastian Stan) who appears to be using the infighting to destroy the superheroes.

Civil War starts spectacularly but then becomes bogged down in the politics of the characters for about two thirds of its running time, the story drags on at a snail’s pace before the climactic battle for supremacy between the two factions.

Catching up on Captain America Winter Soldier, Avengers Age of Ultron and to a lesser degree Ant-Man before seeing this would have helped make the story less confusing as The Marvel universe is becoming so extended with so many characters and back stories that it's becoming hard to keep up with the storyline. The makers need to remember that it’s not a weekly TV program their making and with months if not years between films Marvel are in danger of finding that their films are becoming confusing for all but the most ardent of fans.

The one bright spark in what is ultimately a disappointment is the introduction of Spider-Man played by 19 year old Tom Holland who made his name on the West End stage as Billy Elliot. Holland is a revelation as Spider-Man and his short performance bodes well for the upcoming standalone Spider-Man film.

Civil War takes a long time to get going with very little action in the first two thirds and at the end it feels like one big long trailer for the next one.





Captain America: Civil War (3D)
2h 27m

Starring:  Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan , Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner , Don Cheadle , Elizabeth Olsen , Paul Rudd

UK Release: Friday 29th April 2016
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