This instalment in the franchise is definitely more like an Avengers film, with the notable absence of Thor and The Hulk – although they are mentioned in passing. Captain America: The First Avenger annoyed me with its overly patriotic propaganda, but underneath all of that was actually a good story. Captain America: Winter Soldier was remarkable and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) stole every scene. Then, with the latest Avengers film, there was more destruction and collateral damage than ever. All of that gave a solid base from which to launch Captain America: Civil War in which Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) are at odds about how to coordinate the Avengers and then specifically deal with Bucky, who is capable of becoming a super villainous assassin. Each leader assembles his own team and the battle sequences are some of the best we have ever seen in a superhero film. It is such a thrill to see powerhouses fight against each other, using all their abilities but also not wanting to seriously hurt each other.
There are also some good laughs along the way, mostly thanks to Iron Man, Ant Man (Paul Rudd) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). I was well and truly bored with the prospect of having Spider-Man in yet another film, but Tom Holland is a surprisingly welcome addition as a much younger and funnier Peter Parker. Chadwick Boseman is also intriguing as the Black Panther. The rest of the cast is also impressive, including Daniel Bruhl as the villain despite his character's dubious plan, which was all far too convenient. It is difficult to say too much about the plot without giving away spoilers, suffice to say there are a few holes that are frustrating. If nothing else though, Captain America: Civil War is worth seeing on the big screen for the action.