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Ranking the MCU: The Road to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – #3

3. Captain America: Civil War

When they announced Captain America: Civil War, I think every single Marvel fan collectively lost there minds and when the movie was released in May of 2016, it did not disappoint either. With one of the best fight scenes ever and an all star cast, there is a reason this movie is so ranked so high. Chris Evans returned as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/ Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, William Hurt as
Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo.

The movie begins in 1991, where we see the Winter Soldier being sent from a Hydra base in Siberia, to intercept a car carrying a case of the super soldier serum. Back in the present day, about a year after the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron, we find Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch, and Falcon attempting to stop Brock Rumlow/ Crossbones from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos. In an attempt to kill Captain America, Crossbones blows himself up but Scarlett Witch contains the blast and attempts to throw it into the sky, she accidentally sends it into a building killing several Wakandan humanitarian workers.

U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross informs the Avengers that the United Nations is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish a U.N. panel to oversee the actions of the Avengers. The Avengers are divided on both sides of the topic. Tony Stark supports the Sokovia Accords while Steve Rogers has more faith in the judgement of his team then the government. Helmut Zemo tracks down and kills the Winter Soldier’s old Hydra handler who holds a book containing the Winter Soldier’s brainwashing trigger words. At a conference in Vienna where the Accords are to be ratified, a bomb kills King T’Chaka of Wakanda. Security footage from the bombing shows the Winter Soldier, whom T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa, vows to kill. Agent Sharon Carter informs Steve Rogers of the Winter Soldier’s location and that authorities attend to kill him onsite. Rogers won’t Chris Evans & Chadwick Boseman in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WARlet that happen to his childhood friend, Barnes and vows to bring him in himself. Rogers and Wilson track Barnes to Bucharest and try to protect him from T’Challa and the authorities, but all four are apprehended.

Impersonating a psychiatrist sent to interview Barnes, Zemo recites the secret words to control Barnes. He questions Barnes about a specific date, the sends him on a rampage to cover his own escape. Rogers stops Barnes and sneaks away with him. When Barnes snaps out of it, he tells Rogers that Zemo was the real bomber and wanted the location of the Siberian Hydra base where other Winter Soldiers were cryogenically frozen. Rogers and Wilson decide to go and recruit Wanda Maximoff, Clint Barton and Scott Lang. Stark gets Captain AmericaRoss’ permission to assemble a team of Natasha Romanoff, Vision, T’Challa, and Rhodes and new recruit Peter Parker to apprehend Captain America and others. Team Captain America and Team Iron Man intercept each other at the Leipzig/Halle Airport where they have a large fight, and when Rogers and Barnes attempt to escape T’Challa and almost stops them but Romanoff stops him allowing them to escape. In an attempt to stop them from fleeing Vision shoots a beam but misses damaging Rhodes suit causing a crash and seemingly paralyzing him, while the rest of Team Cap is arrested and sent to the Raft Prison.

Stark discovers evidence that Barnes is innocent and gets information about Rogers whereabouts from Wilson. Without informing Ross, he sneaks off to the Siberian Hydra facility where he makes a truce with Rogers and Barnes, not knowing T’Challa followed them there. They find the Super Soldiers have already been killed by Zemo, who shows the same car footage from the beginning except its revealed that Barnes murdered Tony Stark’s parents. Furious over the discovery and that Rogers kept it from him, Stark attacks both of them destroying Barnes’ metal arm. at the end of the fight Roger’s destroys Tony’s armor, but leaves with Barnes and leaving behind his shield. Feeling satisfied over his actions of splitting up the Avengers, Zemo attempts suicide but is Captain America: Civil War Posterstopped by T’Challa and taken into custody. In the aftermath, Stark provides Rhodey with special braces so he can walk, while Rogers breaks his allies out of the raft. In a mid-credits scene, Barnes, granted asylum in Wakanda, chooses to return to cryogenic sleep until a cure for his brainwashing is found. In a post-credits scene, Peter Parker tests a new gadget built by Stark.

Captain America: Civil War is a movie that every Marvel fan wanted, never thought they were going to get, but somehow got it. While it didn’t quite follow the comic book source material, it still kept everything important that the comic book brought. Which in this case was the fracture between the friendship and trust that was Captain America and Iron Man. The casting of this movie was phenomenal as always with the only real negative that a lot of people had was that of Zemo’s character. I think we would have all like him to be a little bit more Hydra like drawing similarities to a modern day Red Skull. But his character did live so maybe we will see his return in the future.

So what do you guys think? Does Captain America: Civil War deserve its spot at #3? Should it be higher or lower? Let us know in the comments below!

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