TAGGED AS: Certified Fresh, Marvel, Superheroes
This week at the movies, we’ve got just one wide release: the hotly-anticipated Marvel superhero showdown Captain America: Civil War, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. What do the critics have to say?
Nothing lasts forever in Hollywood, and one of these days, the ever-greater ambitions of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe are bound to bump up against that harsh reality. Happily for fans, however, the studio looks likely to continue its critical and commercial hot streak with Captain America: Civil War, the 12th entry in the MCU and the first in its Phase Three initiative. Civil War pits Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) against Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) in an ideological conflict when the U.N. mandates a global oversight committee to register and rein in superheroes. Even without the influx of a crowded supporting roster, it’s a lot for one superhero sequel to handle, but the vast majority of critics agree that Civil War is not only a worthy successor to The Winter Soldier, it’s one of the better entries in the wildly successful MCU pantheon.
Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan are fun as Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, but their capers aren’t much more than passable.
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