The latest and largest instalment in the MCU is an epic beginning to phase three of the franchise. Incredible directing from the Russo Brothers and acting that lives up to expectations from an all star cast (shown in the ‘PEOPLE’ section below). Starting reasonably dark and sinister but getting more lighthearted in the middle during the airport fight scene and then going back to the more sinister Marvel that we saw in Captain America: Winter Soldier. The airport fight scene was very well choreographed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (John Wick) if a little too joke-filled and lighthearted (thanks to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Paul Rudd’s Ant-man). Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was very well received and showed the enthusiastic but naive teenager we were all expecting. Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa (Black Panther) was incredibly badass but could have been confusing for people who did not know who he was before the film.
When the UN feels that it needs to control the Avengers in order to minimise collateral damage and ‘save citizens’, the Avengers feel the need to take sides. Ironman leads the side supporting the Sokovia Accords (the movement to make ‘superheroes’ not being controlled by the government illegal) while Steve Rogers leads the opposition in order to protect his old war friend Bucky Barnes.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD SKIP TO NEXT SECTION IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM! Why is there a random security camera in the forest where the Winter Soldier crashes [SPOILER]’s car and why does he only destroy the camera after the mission is accomplished? Also, if he shot the camera why is the film not destroyed (digital was not yet invented)?
In the film, Falcon utilises ‘Red-Wing’, a drone. In the comics this is a real falcon that is his sidekick.
In the comics Black Panther was the first black superhero.
Anthony Mackie has described this film as ‘Avengers 2.5’
The trailer is the world record holder for number of views in the first 24 hours at 64 million views.
Co-Director cited ‘Se7en’ and ‘Fargo‘ as inspiration for this movie.
Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes, The Judge) as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Ironman)
Chris Evans (Snowpiercer, Fantastic Four) as Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America)
Sebastian Stan (The Martian, Black Swan) as Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. The Winter Soldier)
Scarlett Johansson (The Prestige, Lucy) as Natasha Romanov (a.k.a. Black Widow)
Martin Freeman (Love Actually, Sherlock) as Everret K. Ross
Anthony Mackie (Triple Nine, The Night Before) as Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon)
Paul Rudd (Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer) as Scott Lang (a.k.a. Antman)
Jeremy Renner (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Bourne Legacy) as Clint Barton (a.k.a. Hawkeye)
Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Oldboy) as Wanda Maximov (a.k.a. Scarlet Witch)
Daniel Brühl (Rush, Colonia) as Baro Helmut Zemo
Tom Holland (In The Heart Of The Sea, Locke) as Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man)
Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up) as T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther)
Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, Shelter) as Vision
Emily VanCamp (Revenge, Everwood) as Sharon Carter (a.k.a. Agent 13)
Don Cheadle (Miles Ahead, House Of Lies) as James Rhodes (a.k.a. War Machine)