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Captain America: Civil War A Hit

Just had to see this one, and I wasn’t disappointed. Civil War was probably the closest rendition of the characters as they are in the Marvel comics. In spite of all the characters having a story to tell, it was done sparingly on that angle, and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and Spider Man (Tom Holland) are the only ones to get any extended background checks.

What it boils down to is this: after the big battle in last year’s Age of Ultron caper, the United Nations decides that the Avengers must be controlled and their actions monitored. U.S. Secretary of State Ross (William Hurt) is delegated with being in charge, and he uses a lot of S.H.I.E.L.D’s technology to do so. Captain America and Iron Man become at odds over how the Feds want to capture the Cap’s friend Bucky after he’s suspected of bombing a U.N. meeting.  Various heroes align themselves with either side, and the action commences  in earnest.

There are a few surprises in store as some of the characters are recruited as the plot evolves and they are introduced and are faithful to the comics. The story of how the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) enters the fray is well handled.  Peter (Spider-Man) Parker is a revelation. He is introduced just months after going into action and gets a major makeover from Iron Man’s Stark Industries. As in the comics, he’s only a teenager who’s under the impression that this is an audition for an Avengers job, and he revels in it. He, just like in the comics, engages his opponents in a lot of banter and wisecracking comments.

An on-going story within the story involves Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), who was responsible for the death of Iron Man’s parents and the corruption of Bucky. Zemo wants to destroy the Avengers, and this is his big chance to do it. He attempts to find the place where Hydra’s Winter Soldiers were created. and this leads to the final battle between Iron Man and the Captain.

The fight scenes are exciting, highly visual, and well-spaced within the story, and the characters reveal a human side that other Marvel movies have omitted. Marvel head guy Stan Lee makes his usual cameo as a mailman, as has become his habit. If you see only one movie this year, try to make it this one. You can thank me later.


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Avengers: The Age of Ultron

Ultron 1   Ultron 2  Ultron 3     Ultron 4  The Age of Ultron is like many blockbuster movies today. It’s hard for non-comic book fans to follow, but almost everyone seeing it will have a good time. This one opens up with the Avengers raiding a Hydra base in a fictional Iron Curtain country. as the raid goes down we get fed bits of information—this is a raid to recover Loki’s scepter, which can unleash great power. This is the last known Hydra base. SHIELD has been disbanded—getting all this, or were you too busy watching the guys in action to notice? The Avengers win, or do they really? Then the opening credits start to roll.

We are introduced to twin siblings, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who are working on the side of Hydra at this time. Scarlet Witch casts a spell on Tony (Iron Man) Stark, causing him to dupe Bruce (Hulk) Banner to help him build what turns out to be Ultron, a mighty artificial intelligence bent on destroying the world with the help of Quicksilver and the Witch, the latter of who causes havoc by planting illusions in their brains. This leads to Hulk running amok until Iron Man neutralises him with his “Hulkbuster” armor. The Avengers go into hiding to regroup. This is where Nick Fury finds them and shames them into getting back in the fight. All except Thor, who has struck out on his own to seek out a man who can help him.

The group tracks down Ultron in the old Hydra base and proceed to fight all his robot army after Stark and Banner, with Thor’s help, create the red Artificial {ntelligence being The Vision using one of the power crystals that have been showing up in previous Marvel movies of late. This ultimate fight causes a cataclysmic tear in the real estate that threatens multitudes of human lives until Nick Fury shows up with one of SHIELD;s old flying bases to save the people. Meanwhile, Vision, who has been inbedded with JARVIS’ intellect, helps wipe out Ultron’s minions and confronts Ultron one on one, but the final resolution there is only hinted at.

The movie ends with the Avengers splitting up but Captain America and Black Widow remain behind at the new Avengers headquarters to help Nick Fury train a new group of recruits, showing us where the future of the Avengers is heading. Age of Ultron is a spectacular visual treat that takes time to dabble in the personal lives of the characters and features enough comedic relief from the opening bell to keep everyone involved. the highlights are definitely the three main fight scenes—the one before the opening credits, the battle between Iron Man and Hulk, and the final battle involving all the characters.

Several years ago, the critics named the original Avengers film the best superhero movie ever, but this one surpasses it and will cause many new adjectives to be created. Batman vs Superman? This is your wake-up call.

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