Marvel has lifted the review embargo on Captain America: Civil War, and the initial reactions couldn’t be much more enthusiastic!
Typically, studios will only show their movies to critics this far ahead of their actual release dates if they are incredibly confident in their final product, and judging by these first reviews, Marvel and Disney knew they had a gem on their hands. At the time of this article, Captain America: Civil War sits at a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with fifteen critics all giving it two thumbs up.
Here’s some of the highlights:
Under the direction of Winter Soldier’s Anthony and Joe Russo, Civil War is the most epic Avengers movie so far, even though it’s not an Avengers movie. The divided team allows many character moments for the android Vision (Paul Bettany), newer heroes Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and mainstays Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and War Machine (Don Cheadle).– USA Today
“Civil War” is nothing if not a testament to the benefits of continuity; this is the rare Marvel sequel that feels like not just a continuation but a culmination.Variety
This is it – the peak of the superhero movie shared universe. Captain America: Civil War is a tight action thriller that works on its own, but when taken as the latest chapter in an unprecedented experiment in longform storytelling it’s a brilliant chapter, one that makes everything that went before seem better if only because it was all leading to this pinnacle.Birth. Movies. Death.
There is also a much praise for Marvel new characters, Spider-Man and Black Panther.
Landing the rights to the character that’s become synonymous with Sony’s superhero interests was in itself a huge win for Marvel and Disney, and MCU newcomer Tom Holland manages to wipe every previous version of Spider-Man off the books.The Daily Beast
Far more integral to the plot is fellow MCU newcomer Black Panther (ably played by Chadwick Boseman), who is as much a regal badass as Thor. Panther’s fight scenes are very cool, his costume looks great, and his emotional arc essentially satisfies the need for an origin story in his own upcoming movie. IGN
Considering the sheer scope of this Civil War and the high bar Marvel has already set with its previous installments, much of the MCU hinges on the quality of this movie. However, it looks like we’re all in for an awesome ride when it debuts stateside, May 6th. The real question we have to ask ourselves is whether we’re going to be #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan (this writer is Team Cap all the way). Let us know who you’re rooting for in the comments below, and be sure to stay close to The Fandom for all your Captain America: Civil War updates!