Last weekend, the boyfriend drove to the cities to hang out with me which is sweet since we are doing a little bit of long distance this summer. He asked what I wanted to do while he was here and I immediately answered with “See Civil War” The boyfriend had already seen this movie, but he gladly decided to go again with me and not spoil anything before the movie. Civil War was so good for a variety of reasons, but I love the addition of two new characters: Black Panther and Spiderman.
Representation in TV & Movies is so important. Our country is a mixing pot of different cultures and races, but I feel like our TV & Movies really don’t do a good job of casting actors/actresses with a variety of different backgrounds. Most Marvel movies feature white men and women. T’Challa/Black Panther is a successful, intelligent and emotional African American male who is also just an overall bad ass. It’s great to see some diversity on screen and I’m glad Marvel is trying to add that to their movies. I also think the Black Panther was really significant to the plot of the film. I could really identify with his need for revenge and why he chose to fight with Iron Man.
I was also stunned when I found out that the Winter Soldier killed Tony Stark’s family. Is that comic book canon? I have no idea, but I didn’t see that coming at all. I just assumed we would never truly know what happened to Stark’s family. Steve Rodgers knew about this too which is hypocritical. Steve Rodgers is all about not keeping secrets and not being left out of the loop, but he’s glad to keep secrets about other people.
Civil War is fascinating because there really isn’t a “villain” in this movie. I mean Zemo and Crossbones are villains sure, but both Tony Stark and Steve Rodgers feel they are doing the right thing. On the one hand, I truly feel bad for Bucky. He was taken, experimented on and forced to do atrocious things. Though I do respect Tony Stark and I think he wants to keep everyone safe because he feels guilty about what’s happened in the past. Initially going into this movie, I was team Captain America, but now I’m pretty split on who is actually right. I like that Civil War made me truly think about what’s “right” in this scenario.
In general, this was a really well made, humorous and action-packed movie. My all time favorite Marvel movie is still Captain America the Winter Soldier but this movie was still fun to watch. Now I just can’t wait for Black Panther to finally get the solo movie he deserves.