With superhero films coming out left, right and centre, this one was definitely a breath of fresh air. The Russo brothers took a classic superhero movie franchise and turned the latest installment on its head.
Breaking the conventional comic book turned movie protocol is something we haven’t seen in a Marvel movie yet. We’re used to seeing good vs evil and knowing whose side to be on. This time, directors Anthony and Joe Russo turn away from the norm and, by doing this, they portray a very realistic dilemma.
The opening scene does what it’s supposed to do, it sets the scene. The Avengers use their powers as a team and fight the bad guys in a ridiculously realistic battle showing off all characters, their powers and the damage they can do. The heroes soon split into camps after the government decided they were causing too much damage and risking innocent lives with their free reign to protect the city. So, as the members of Team Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) side with the government to limit their powers and become happy to be regulated, those on Team Cap – headed up by Chris Evans' Star-Spangled Avenger – aren't convinced it’s a good idea and form their own group, inadvertently making them lawbreakers and criminals.
The introduction of other key heroes from the Marvel Universe made the movie for me. Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man was perfect, his cameo role in the film lasting just a couple of scenes but was an instant lift and he came at just the right time. Another newbie to the action film franchise is Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, and he absolutely smashes it. As much as his role was critical to the film plot in evoking all the right emotions, it’s also a nice introduction to Marvels solo Black Panther movie in 2018.
The Russo's do well at spending time on each character and developing them on screen. We know about Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olsen) battle with her extreme powers, Vision (Paul Bettany) is getting used to being a human and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who’s supposed to be retired comes back because he just loves shooting bow and arrows. Paul Rudd’s Ant Man adds some comedy value when he gets dragged into a scene by his old friend, Hawkeye.
Probably worth mentioning, Chris Evans’ biceps have got people talking as they bulge out of proportion of what’s humanly possible in a scene when his character attempts to prevent a helicopter from getting away. It looked real to me!
Captain America has come so far since the Avengers assembled four years ago. I'm looking forward to reuniting with the heroes for the next Avengers outing.