If you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War, it’s time! Be sure to watch this before Avengers: Infinity War comes out on April 27. This is part of my Marvel Parent Movie Reviews: know if the newest Marvel Avengers movie is appropriate for your little superhero before you go!
If you haven’t caught up on all the Marvel movies just yet: what are you waiting for?! You want to get in on this action ASAP, folks.
Here are a few lists of Marvel movies to watch in order. Start here.
I’ve also got a preview post talking about Avengers: Infinity War parent movie reviews as well. Is this one going to be kid-friendly? I have thoughts on the probability.
Captain America: Civil War | Parent Movie Reviews
Before I get to the review, I want to share a little backstory.
Last August, I sat in a crowded exhibition hall at D23 Expo hoping to hear about the next Marvel movies on the slate. Captain America: Civil War was number one on my list.
Imagine my reaction when Captain America himself (Chris Evans) and his bestie, Falcon (Anthony Mackie), came out on stage and shared a few scenes they were working on. I kinda lost my mind.
Shush it- you know you would too.
My voice is just now recovering from all the wooo-hooooing I did that day.
Those scenes hinted that this movie was going to be my favorite of the year.
It’s now been confirmed.
This IS my favorite movie of the year.
I’ll get it out of the way now: this film is AWESOME and AMAZING and BETTER THAN I EVER HOPED. And yes, ALL CAPS were necessary for that statement.
The story picks up with the Avengers once again out on a mission. Unfortunately, the mission goes sideways, and there are civilian casualties. This situation combined with the previous events in Sokovia (Avengers: Age of Ultron) pushes the world leaders to insist on official oversight.
This is where the team splits.
Team Iron Man expresses support for signing the accords; Team Cap stands firmly behind remaining independent.
Disclosure: I am and forever will be #TeamCap, but I could see both sides of the argument.
While the team could somewhat agree to disagree, an attack during the accord signings changes everything. Lines are drawn, and the two groups are pitted against each other.
Team Cap takes on a mission outside the law to find the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers’ best friend from, like 100 years ago (literally). Team Iron Man also wants to find Bucky, who’s been implicated in the Sokovia Accord attacks.
Each side brings on some new recruits to help with their numbers. This is where the movie shines.
Team Iron Man adds the Black Panther, a character new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (but not new to the comic books). He’s joined up with one goal in mind: revenge.
We also get a new look at an old friend, Spider-Man. If you’ve seen the previous versions of the web-slinger, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. This version is perfect.
The back story most of us know is that a somewhat dorky teen accidentally acquires powers from a spider bite. We meet him about 6-months after his transformation, and he is absolutely ADORABLE.
He’s still that same dorky teen, but now he can do a whole lot of incredible things.
As a mom of a somewhat dorky teenager myself, I couldn’t help but love Spidey in these scenes.
However, my favorite addition was to Team Cap.
Returning to the big screen is my best-loved little action hero, Ant-Man. Why do I love him? Because Ant-Man is all of us when he meets Captain America.
Brillant fan-girl moment here.
This movie was a full body and mind experience. I had deep thoughts- deeper than I expected to have after such an entertaining movie.
It had me on the edge of my seat. It had me laughing. It had me clapping. It had me crying over some of the friendship changes that occur. During one scene involving a VW Beetle, I whispered, “Squad Goals” to my son and he fist bumped me.
All the feels are in this one.
You absolutely won’t be disappointed here, no matter what side you’re on. Go see it: Captain America: Civil War is in theaters everywhere on May 6th.
Captain America: Civil War Parent Movie Review
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.