Avengers 3: Civil War: The Black Panther/Spider-Man Movie: Thoughts and Discussion

My wife wanted to go see Captain America: Civil War on Mother’s Day. Because she is awesome.

I don’t have the time for a full review, but had lots of thoughts I wanted to put out there. And hey, what the internet really needs is one more place for people to discuss the latest Marvel movie, right?

If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to be spoiled, turn back now…


Civil War Meme

  1. After seeing Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War is freaking Shakespeare, man.
  2. Am I the only one who just wanted to give Wanda a hug? And also maybe a kitten? (And an appointment with a good therapist?)
  3. Actually, therapists for everyone would be a good idea.
  4. From a storytelling perspective, I appreciated that both Steve and Tony were particularly raw and vulnerable. Tony was broken up with Pepper, and Steve lost Peggy Carter. Neither man was thinking clearly, and it helped build sympathy for both of them.
  5. “That shield doesn’t obey the laws of physics at all.” I love Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but this line in particular was one of my favorites from the whole movie. Possibly from the entire Marvelverse.
  6. Black Panther was a great character, particularly in the final act. The “I will kill this man based on a grainy photo” thing was rather meh, but seeing him in action, and seeing his development over the course of the movie — I like this guy a lot.
  7. Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter felt a little squicky … but I loved the reaction shot of Bucky and Sam.
  8. “But he killed my mom.” Oh, Tony. You’re so broken, and I still wanted to give you hugs and kittens and a therapist.
  9. This movie hurt. We’ve spent so much time getting to know these characters, and their decisions were generally in character and understandable and it just felt like a punch to the heart every time things went downhill. Well done, moviemaker people.
  10. General Secretary Ross makes a comment about Thor and Hulk, talking about how much trouble he’d be in if he lost two nukes. *Cough* Abomination *Cough*
  11. Black Widow is excellent, as always. I love her changing sides at the end. It felt in character for her, and helped keep it from being a simple black-and-white conflict.
  12. Why does Ant-Man get so much slower when he’s giant? He doesn’t seem to get faster when he’s small.
  13. I love that even in the midst of fighting, you get that these characters love and respect and care about one another.
  14. The end with the break-out and the letter from Steve to Tony felt a bit rushed, like they were trying to wrap up too many loose ends in too little time. It was a long movie already, but that felt a little off.
  15. I thought Bucky was going to die. I like the alternative they came up with.
  16. Baron Zemo’s plan worked better than pretty much any other villain plan we’ve seen. He basically accomplished most of what he intended to do. But as a character, I had very little sense of who he was. Which worked for the movie, I guess, but it was unsatisfying.
  17. Thank you, movie people, for giving us humor and levity.
  18. “Underoos.” “Tic Tac.” Heh…
  19. This would have been a much shorter movie if Nick Fury had just shown up and started cracking some sense into people’s heads.
  20. All in all? Not perfect, but very well done. One of the better Marvel movies, in my opinion.

What did you think?