one of the first things you see at the start of this movie. i took time to try and remember what was i doing in 1991?
crossbones ... poor guy. he revved up his gear for nothing.
there's a signature move that black widow has where she does this jump sit around someone's neck, then twist around to bring them down. it's a pretty bad ass move, but i'm tired of seeing it (she first did it in iron man 2 and 2-3 times here). needless to say, natasha is THAT chick. who else can kick ass in jeans, a biker jacket, boots and not break any sort of a sweat?
the growth of wanda's character from when we first saw her in avengers: age of ultron to now is compelling. she saved a couple of her team mates lives. when you're in these types of situations, where you are who/what you are, you have to expect casualties of some sort. the crossbones blow up, sure she could have directed him elsewhere, but if she wasn't there to save cap, there would have been just as many casualties, if not more.
the vision is just an amazing character. i could listen and watch him talk all day. the sight of him being in clothes and cooking is rather weird but cute. obviously he's highly intelligent; his moves and decisions are highly based on logic and facts. the conclusions he comes to from those two things makes sense, but the conflict is that he's not a human. in the comics, the vision and scarlet witch are married, so the tender moments shown of their budding relationship was probably shocking to some, but appropriate. the airport battle scene, he stood firm in the side he chose and his actions. aside from scarlet hurting his feelings when she decided to leave the compound with hawkeye, he seemed pretty upset that opposing heroes didn't "get it" (perhaps comply is a better word here); that was quite surprising.
the falcon/red wing
i'm proud of how far they have brought the falcon and his gear. to make red wing a drone ... BRILLIANT. in captain america: the winter soldier, you could tell that sam had been a little bit rusty with his gear. the upgrades and i'm sure intensive/extensive practice that he's had, i'm excited to see what's next for him. he also didn't seem to fit in, sort of an outsider, new to the team (literally), he's more comfortable amongst others. him and cap's friendship has grown, you also got to see a bond forming between him and bucky, which i'm sure is important to cap. three amigos, reincarnated.
the winter soldier
most times when you are introduced to a villain (or former villain in this case), you see how they come into their own; they accept who they are, the power they posses to become some evil, rude, untouchable person. i appreciated seeing the struggle of him not wanting to turn into this remote controlled assassin because not too much of who his character is, was exposed in captain america: the first avenger. a lot more was shown on the strength with his metal arm, which is by far his greatest asset.
this 3rd installation of this series was probably what brought the storyline back full circle to the beginning. the friendship and loyalty between steve rodgers and james barnes. steve rodgers is very much so a voice of reason, which is why me being #teamcap was a no brainer. he's not a one directional thinker, he assesses the entire situation, weighs pros and cons of all outcomes and makes a valid decision based on the right thing to do humanly possible. he's an exceptional leader that can take blame and owns mistakes he's made. he's the guy that you can always count on, he keeps his word.
tony has these neck jerking mannerisms, i don't know if it's a robert downey jr thing or a tony stark thing. but during his BARF demo, the younger version of him did them, it was funny and annoying at the same time. in iron man 3, we saw that tony started having panic/anxiety attacks, due to everything he's been through as iron man and on the avengers team. at the conclusion of iron man 3 he got rid of the chest piece. there's a scene between him and steve where he tells steve that he and pepper are on a "break". so, his decision to sign the accords ... i get it. to me, he was looking for a way out, somewhat of a break. alfre woodard's character blaming him for the death of her son was more than likely the nail in the coffin. we found out who was responsible for the death of tony's parents in the winter soldier movie; his reaction could be deemed appropriate, because, who wouldn't react like that? the issue that i had with that is, if the tables were turned, tony would have had rhodey's back 1000% (yes, one thousand percent).
peter parker/spider-man/aunt may
first off, who casted marisa tomei as aunt may? they need a bonus! the older versions of aunt may were played out. so glad to see a fresh face. speaking of fresh faces, peter parker's casting was also perfect. i loved toby mcguire in the first set of spider-man films, i think the amazing spider-man cast was more in line with who peter parker was, but this casting is and will probably be the best casting thus far. he's young, impressionable, funny, awkward, a dork/geek (given the opportunity to travel abroad and he's concerned about homework).
ant-man to giant-man, not a big surprise that he would do that (being that they released the giant-man funko pop figure), but it was a nice touch. my hopes are for the next time we see giant-man, he's mastered his movement and coordination.
for some reason, i wanted there to be a better reason why baron was pitted as the bad guy. i understand the tie in from age of ultron that sparked his interest in being pitted against captain america, but it just didn't work out well. his motive, though valid, was lacking, like the writers just said "oh, let's make him a victim of what happened before". anywho ... was that his famous death ray that we saw (contraption he was hiding in the hotel closet)? an ode to his real character perhaps?
it had already been circulated that t'challa being in this movie was due to the death of t'chaka at the hands of the winter soldier. so, i was not expecting to see t'chaka. though brief, t'chaka's role was highly significant, his character is/was well respected, exposing the audience to how he governs wakanda. obviously the black panther being a part of this cast was a major staple for this film. i've never seen so much respect given to anybody in a film, as respect was given to the king(s) of wakanda, very awe inspiring. there was a bit of intrigue surrounding t'challa's first scene in the movie, i think everybody was holding their breath waiting for him to appear and speak. the vengeance he had was subtle, yet fearsome he has a warrior spirit that seemed to be underestimated. he made his intentions very clear and was set on seeing them through. wakanda is a rich nation, far ahead of its time (if you stayed to see the post credit scenes, you saw a snippet of this). the chasing scene where he clamped onto the falcon was ironic, being that he is a cat and the falcon is a bird.
i almost forgot that stan lee was supposed to make a cameo! he showed up at a great time when spirits/feelings were possibly down. his placement is always impeccable.
i never thought iron man could actually beat cap in hand to hand combat, iron man's intelligent system even told him that. tony is nothing without his armor, once an opponent realizes that, it's a wrap. so, the comic storyline of civil war is that captain america dies. going into the movie, you have no idea how it will end. i'm glad that none of the heroes were killed, a lot of us became attached to them and their stories, there's so much more that could be shared with fans that it would have been unwise to kill off key players. with that being said, i'm pleased that someone had to be sacrificed, there couldn't have been a complete happy ending. unfortunately, rhodey/war machine may be grounded for a while, but with tony (and tony's money, tech) by his side, i'm sure he'll be back at em soon. there's a connecting theme that started in the avengers, that persisted through age of ultron and made its way here to civil war: the team is easily torn apart ... by 1 person. they have no trust in each other as unit. though they always seem to come together in the end and prevail, they seriously have to work on that in preparations for the next avengers movie: infinity war ... cause THANOS. the movie wasn't as intense as the winter soldier was and i think for once, i'm ok with that.