#TeamIronMan? A Review Of Captain America: Civil War

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Finally, because of course you were dying to hear my opinions on the subject.


Note: This is going to be a SPOILER FREE REVIEW for those of you who haven't seen the movie. I'll be discussing some spoilery things, probably, but they'll be in white text so you'll have to highlight them to see them. So: no spoilers unless you ask for it. You've been warned.

Civil War is something we've been waiting a very long time to see. Way too long. AND IT IS FINALLY UPON US. Just waiting for it crushed the fandom and, naturally, me, because I am a sucker for Marvel movies and this is just the latest one to take my feels and pulverize them. 

The grand question is, of course, "what team were you on, Aimee, and are you still on the same team?" Glad you asked, even if you didn't. With my limited knowledge of the issue beforehand I was Team Iron Man. Tony Stark is a Marvel character that's meant a lot to me and as much as I love Steve, I feel like I can relate to Tony more, and I saw where he was coming from very much on the issue. 

I went into the theater #teamironman. I left the theater #teamironman.
I love Tony dearly and this will never change.
Tony Stark/Iron Man's character arc has been something that's fascinated me through the whole MCU, but really, that's a flailing for a different post because this is a post about Civil War and all the feels it gave me, in no particular order, with very little coherent though. As I do.

I LOVED THIS MOVIE, YOU GUYS. 

More than anything, it's a raw, gritty, in-your-face movie about people. About ethics. About responsibility. About keeping a team of super-dudes together and how hard that is, and about friendship. Ultimately it's a Captain America movie, so it mainly centers around Steve and his relationship with Bucky, which I am okay with because BUCKY, MAN, BUCKY. The Bucky we're presented with here is very different from the Winter Soldier Bucky -- he's had time to remember, to recover, to maybe try to have a life again. He's broken, but he's himself. And Steve is trying to get him back. Their friendship is so real and emotional and I was teary within the first few minutes of the movie because wow, you guys, the Bucky Barnes feels are real right now. Crying forever. 

I'm not going to say much about the plot itself because spoilers, but here's a brief bit: I just can't be anything but Team Iron Man, really. If I have to pick a team at all because it's so heartbreaking. But Steve didn't provide compromises, he didn't try to work with anyone, he let his emotions for Bucky get in the way of everything else. Yes, they both made stupid decisions. Yes, Tony was driven by guilt. But the sucky stuff the government did with that wasn't his intention and wasn't his fault, and in the end, I think I agree with his ideas and what he tries to do way more. I have so many thoughts about this but for now...suffice it to say, I got a bit frustrated with Steve, and I openly wept for Tony, and wow, you guys, here I am flailing again. 

Well, now that that's out of the way... I'm going to talk about the characters rather than the plot, because I'm a character-driven kind of girl, this is a character-driven kind of movie, and all my opinions have to do with the individual peeps. Prepare for flailing. 

Steve - Oh mah goodness, what to do with Steve. I adore Steve Rogers. He's an actual ray of sunshine and needs all the hugs. The Captain America movies are among some of my favorites. His character was, as always, done so well in this movie! So when I say I'm frustrated with him it means that I, personally, was frustrated with him, not that he wasn't written well. I just couldn't bring myself to agree with him. Though I did love (spoilers highlighted) him and Sharon. Am I the only person who enjoyed that kiss?

Tony - TONY. FLIPPING. STARK. Tony always has a special place in my heart. I feel for him. Iron Man 3 is possibly my favorite Marvel movie because it's so real and the way anxiety is portrayed is painful and real and makes my heart happy. Tony goes through SO MUCH and is so tired, and he goes through even more in this movie. I felt for him. I agreed with him. He had his flaws. He handled things badly. He was a bit of a brat about it, yes. But I understood him and I love him so much. Someone give this man a hug and some chocolate. 

Bucky - This is what you're watching the movie for, let's be real. I literally cried over him. I couldn't have asked for anything more with his character. So that was good. He basically ripped my heart out with a spork and fed it to me. People are throwing a fit about how (spoilers highlighted) he was frozen at the end of the movie, but I liked that a lot??? like, heck yes for people taking responsibility and making good instead of emotional choices. I'm with him there. 

Natasha - Aka THE ONLY SENSIBLE CHARACTER IN THIS MOVIE. I did like her for that. And, as always, she is actual Life Goals. 

T'Challa/Black Panther - PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL, TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD, TOO PURE. Give me his solo movie now because this man is an angel. 
Lin speaks the truth.
Peter Parker - I...am not the world's biggest Spider-Man fan. I've just never enjoyed the character. So imagine my surprise when I love Tom Holland's Peter! The fact that he's an actual teenager with actual teenager problems makes me happy. His sass makes me happy. Still not my favorite character, but he's in some of the best scenes of the movie and I was pleasantly surprised! 

Wanda: Wandaaaa, oh my goodness. Another cinnamon roll. Her character in this movie was beautiful and human and I could not be more pleased with it. Pls let me hug her.

Vision - Again, I loved him. He was adorable. The sweaters were too much. The shipping IS ALSO TOO MUCH GOODBYE I'VE SOLD MY SOUL TO THIS SHIP. *squees* 

Clint - CLINT CLINT CLINT CLINT CLINT. *chants* Clint Barton is my favorite. Clint Barton is my hero. Clint in this movie rocked it for me and the sass is incredible. Definitely a favorite. 

Scott - Okay, you guys, let's get real. Scott/Ant Man was the best part of this entire movie to me, and I'm being completely serious. He STOLE THE SHOW. I love Scott for a wide variety of reasons. He's actually the realest Avenger and it's so great. So yes, I would watch this movie again, just for Scott. Because ants. 
I do not know where this is from. I don't care. I just love it for everything it is.

This movie goes deep into some mental and emotional stuff. It beats the crap out of all of the Avengers, mostly emotionally. It tests them. It breaks them. It's about people, and arguments, less than it is defeating some big bad. The fight between Steve and Tony was inevitable and I loved the way it was handled. Sure, the plot was confusing sometimes. It could have been more streamlined. But it was an incredible movie that had me laughing or crying the entire time, and it's the very best of what Marvel can give us. It's a win. 
Once again: Scott knows what's up.
The verdict? Go see it immediately. I'll see you in the Pit of Tears.

What did you think of Civil War?

37 comments

  1. I loved it!! But I'm Team Cap 10000%. To me Steve was willing to compromise on some things, but Tony just wanted everything done immediately and then assumed they could get the accords changed later, but to me that would cause way more trouble. But any way, I cannot wait for the Black Panther movie. He was one of the best parts of the movie. I'm so excited for his character.

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    1. *shrugs* I think they both had excellent points and not-so-excellent points, and really they both handled it extremely badly. Which is the point of the movie. I'm really just "Team Everyone Please Get Along." xD AND OMG T'CHALLA MY BABY. The Black Panther movie is gonna be amazing.

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  2. I am OFFENDED THAT YOU FORGOT SAM HOW COULD YOU. Let's be honest here Sam and Bucky's friendship made this move. "I hate you." and "Can you move your seat up?" "no." -_- xD IT WAS THE BEST.

    While I love Tony's character and how his anxiety is portrayed in everything, I have to say I'm on the opposite side of things here. I never could see his side of things? Not really. It just... limits them *so much* and I never supported that.

    Also, I don't approve of the SteveSharon kiss because like why is he attracted to his old girlfriend's niece? A little weird. HOWEVER is was totally necessary because of Sam and Bucky's faces after that xD

    THIS MOVIE GAVE ME ALL THE BUCKY FEELS AND I CANNOT EVEN WITH IT.

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    1. UGH HOW DID I FORGET SAM. *flails in distress* I loved him and now I feel like a horrible person. *sighs deeply*

      Okay I guess in my opinion like...I'm more in support of what Tony wanted and less in support of what happened when government people used Tony's support to manipulate him and the others. (Like, Tony was totally manipulated and tricked as much as everyone else!!!) I agree with him that the Avengers needed more control, and they needed to be put in check, and I think it was a bit arrogant of Steve to blow off the concerns of multiple countries and other people on his team the way he did. So they both had good points and they both had bad points, and that's okay. *shrugs* I'm gonna write a post on Tony this week so I'll rant more then. xD

      In regards to the kiss I guess...Steve and Peggy were never a thing? They loved each other, and there was that potential, but they never had the time to really develop a relationship and get to know each other a little better. Which is tragic, but it's also been 70+ years and I feel like it's good for Steve to move on with someone he also cares about.

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  3. See, I'm exactly the opposite of you! XD I was always #TeamCap, mostly because I feel like Tony was compromising his morality too much and mostly doing things for personal reasons instead of making responsible decisions. So I could see the all-or-nothing Cap side, all the way. Still, I can see and acknowledge all of your points as valid. Although, when it comes to him as a person, I do think Tony made some bad personal decisions that I wanted to hit him in the face for. Probably I would break my hand on his mask but you know, it's the thought that counts. His humor was good, though, as always.

    I'm actually thinking about doing an (also spoiler free) commentary on the movie's morality, and I'll probably reference your blog post there, if you're cool with that?

    ALSO I like what you have to say about Peter Parker! Spider-man isn't like, a superhero I've been much interested in before and my impression from the movie is that I should suspend judgment until he has his own movie so that I can not sound immediately prejudiced... I DID LIKE THAT HE SOUNDED YOUNG THOUGH. Like, seriously, previous Spidermans have had like 30-year-old actors playing a sixteen year old kid? Tom Holland, though, is only three years older than that, which is in my book a huge improvement.

    Also I really liked Wanda. And Clint. But I feel bad for Clint because what if he doesn't see his kids again? *sniffles*

    STILL. In the end, yes, this was an awesome movie and I died a couple times. <3 <3 <3

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    1. You're perfectly welcome to reference my post!

      Hmmm. I felt like Steve made a lot of decisions based off his emotions and his concern for Bucky as well, and I really wish he'd talked to his friends and listened to the concerns of everyone around him and tried to find a compromise. I don't agree with what the government tried to do, but I do agree with Tony's idea that someone has to be able to keep the Avengers responsible and in check. But Steve and Tony were both ruled by their emotions and made dumb decisions, and that's what escalated things.

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  4. My husband saw it and said it was a huge disappointment so I'm not planning on going. :-/

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  5. OH MY GOODNESS ALL THE FEELS!!! I am #teamcap all the way, but I still love Tony a lot. I loved getting to see him so vulnerable and real. He needs a hug, okay?
    DON'T GET ME STARTED ON BUCKY. I cried. A lot. *sigh*
    YOU SHIP SCARLETTVISION...ahhhhhh. They are adorable together. No one can deny it.
    After Civil War I love all the Avengers even more. I need more movies, Marvel.

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    1. *hugs mah Tony*

      SCARLETVISION IS THE CUTEST FLUFFIEST SHIP AND I ADORE THEM. *weeps*

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  6. (Hi, just a person who started following your awesome blog when I found it via a friend of a friend of a friend)

    #Team Captain America here, but as some of my friends have said, rarely have I sympathized more with Tony Stark. We got a chance for the first time, to glimpse Tony with his parents--and hear that despite a less than ideal relationship--he did care about them--and miss them too. Whether or not we agree, we can definitely UNDERSTAND where Tony is coming from, watching the movie. Both in terms of his decisions, and his emotions. I thought the characters were handled really well, from Wanda to Vision to Bucky to Scott, they all seemed to fit what we had seen in the earlier films.

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    Yes, I agreed with Bucky's decision at the end, though it was heartbreaking, and made me wonder if perhaps another way could've been found. But--perhaps it gave Bucky peace of mind, knowing it was something he decided while still himself, in his right mind.

    Really feeling hopeful about both the Black Panther and Spiderman movies we're getting next year!

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    1. (Hai!)

      Right, I hate that there are teams and we've been moved into a position where we're rooting for one or the other. Neither of them want to fight each other, or be on teams. They both hate it. But they're standing up for what they believe to be right, and that causes conflict, which sucks. They both made good decisions and they both made bad decisions and both sides are portrayed equally and respectfully. And all the character development was incredible.

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  7. Great review, I really enjoyed reading it. I'm definitely #TeamCap, more because I agree with his view on the whole Accords thing. It's a really hard thing to judge in the context of superheroes with such great power, especially like Wanda and Vision, but they do need some sort of accountability. I just think that the governments of the world probably aren't the best for that position. Basically Steve's fear about being forced to do something that is wrong or to stand down when they should fight is something I agree with. It's hard to pick the right kind of person to make those decisions though (of course Steve was probably the best candidate for the job up until this movie).
    In any case, that's where I stand with the politics, though I completely understand Tony's side of things. Both sides made a couple bad calls in my mind though that lowered the credibility of their causes. And now I'm getting all rambly! Sorry!
    I'll just end all awkwardly here. xD

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    1. I agree! If I was to pick a leader for the Avengers, I'd pick Steve, mostly because he's got the best morals out of anyone. Second pick would probably be Thor or Vision, because they're both wise. But I think government control might be the wrong way to go.

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    2. I feel like when we see #teamironman we see "the accords" which...is not *necessarily* what Tony wanted? He didn't like it either, but he recognized that this was inevitable and they needed to make compromises so they'd have some breathing room. I also agree that the Avengers should be kept in check by someone. And Tony was manipulated as much as everyone else -- so what happened *wasn't* by any means his fault, and he definitely didn't support it. I think Steve made a lot of decisions based off emotions and his feelings about Bucky, which got dangerous. *shrugs*

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    3. (But let's be real, I love Steve and I cried over Bucky and the whole thing was generally a feels-fest.)

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  8. Let's be honest. While this movie did have flaws - no movie is perfect - it was equally amazing and heartbreaking. *sigh* Honestly, I spent the second half of the movie with my mouth hanging open at those plot twists... and the closest I got to crying was during THAT FUNERAL. *cries* MY HEAAAAAAAART!!!!!

    My opinions team-wise differ from yours... mostly because I don't want the government to have control over the Avengers. I don't think you really elaborated on your thoughts on that aspect of the teams, but I'm mostly concerned about the possibility of some of the government people being Hydra, because they certainly haven't wiped out Hydra completely yet. Control would be good otherwise, I think. But with your comments about Cap not compromising... Stark didn't either. They didn't have a chance to compromise - either sign or don't. I'm surprised that Natasha signed, though!

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    1. My feelings on supporting Tony are less the whole "government control over the Avengers" thing, because I firmly don't believe that's what Tony wanted. I think someone *should* keep an eye on the Avengers, and there should be some accountability there. Tony didn't exactly love the idea of the accords, but he recognized that it was inevitable and there had to be some compromise before worse things happened. No matter what, they both made a lot of emotional dumb decisions based off guilty and personal feelings, which escalated the entire situation. And I agree with both sides in ways.

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  9. I really loved Civil War. Iron Man and Captain America were always my favorite Avengers, so it broke my heart to see them fighting. I just wanted to slap some sense into them and make them hug and make up. Even if that did not happen, I adored the movie. I think that it delved into the issue of being super human people more than the other movies, and it really added to the plot.
    I also really loved all of the heroes that they pulled in (even though I do wish that Thor made an appearance). I have not seen Antman yet, but now I really need to watch the movie after his stunning performance in Civil War. I also loved Spider Man's role and sassy personality. My fingers are crossed that we get a movie for him soon.
    Even though I understand the arguments for both sides, I am leaning more toward Captain America's team. Would the Avengers still be the same crime-fighting, world-saving group of heroes that we all know and love if they were controlled by the government? Unfortunately, I am leaning more toward no. I do think that they need to be more careful with the issues that they intervene in, but I do not think that signing away all of their freedom is the best option.

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    1. ugh yessss I really just want them all to be happy and safe and not fight. xD You should totally watch Ant-Man because it's my favorite and Scott stole the show for me both in that movie and this one.

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  10. I have similar views as you do Aimee as I talked about in my spoiler filled review last Friday. But I am #TeamCap because freedom man. I think there should be no submission to the government as it relates to safety and freedom of the Marvel Universe citizens.
    I see Tony's points though but it was strange to me based on his previous character (slightly rebellious)
    And the Sharon/Steve kiss was strange to me like Anna said, um he's like 90 years old or something and was in love with her aunt.
    I agree about T'Challa and can't wait to see Black Panther because it's gonna be awesome, plus a black Avenger finally. But hey, where's Sam Wilson, the funniest being in the movie?
    Anyway, I loveded it this movie *cries*

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    1. I think I'm Team Iron Man less because of everything the government did and more because of what Tony wanted and intended -- which didn't happen. He didn't like any of this. He didn't want to split up the team. He didn't want to give away their freedom. But he's a broken, screwed-up man who needs a lot of help, and he's driven by guilt, and he got manipulated into a lot of things that weren't his intention from the start. I feel like Steve handled a lot of things badly, just like Tony did, and I kind of just need them to all be friends and not hurt me this way.

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  11. See, I was loosely Team Cap, but mostly I'm Team Please Compromise, and VERY MOST OF ALL I AM TEAM SCARLETVISION HECK YESSSSSSS

    It was a good movie. :)

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    1. SCARLETVISION MY BABIES. I can't wait to see more of them in future movies.

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  12. I'm still freaking out over this whole movie. I went in leaning more towards Team Cap, because from what I knew of the issues I agreed more with his point of view. I still do, but I also agree with Tony. Neither of them went about this whole thing the right way, though. The Sokovia Accords would most likely be a huge mess and ultimately cause more harm than good, but superheroes swooping around helter-skelter with no regulation is no better. Steve's unwillingness to compromise caused a lot of damage. So yeah, I'm Team Please Comprimise (like Kira said).
    When I first got into the MCU a few years ago I really disliked Tony, but I've slowly found that I relate more to him than any of the others. I love all of the characters, though. Ant Man was the best part of this movie. Actually, maybe Black Panther was. Or maybe Natasha. Or Bucky. Or everyone. ScarletVision owns my soul, Steve and Bucky's friendship continues to make me cry (Bucky in general continues to make me cry), as does Tony Stark. I think the movie succeeded in balancing the characters and plot and action in a way that most action movies (looking at you, Age of Ultron) fail to.
    I also went in nearly convinced that Clint was going to die, because he's my friend's favorite character and we always joke that she's cursed because her favorite characters (in everything she reads and watches) always die. I can count the not-dead ones on one hand.
    SPIDER MAN. I'm no superfan, but this is the first time I've felt like Spider-Man/Peter Parker's character has been accurately portrayed in a movie. I'm super excited about it.
    Anyway, this movie is complete perfection.

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    1. If I don't stop using the words 'though', 'also', 'so yeah', and 'anyway' I'm going to jump off a cliff. This is ridiculous.

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    2. Tony Stark's whole character arc has been incredible to me -- I didn't start properly loving him until after Iron Man 3, and I think that's the way it's supposed to be. I've loved and hated seeing his ups and downs and I'm really pleased that Civil War continued that, even though I just want him to be happy already. Ugh.

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  13. AAAHHH ASDFGHJKL I LOVED IT!! (I saw it yesterday) After having waited for this movie for a year, it was so worth it. Everyone was so amazing CAP BUCKY STARK WANDA CLINT NAT PETER HOLY I DIDN'T EVEN GET EVERYBODY

    Although I was Team Cap, by the way. Just saying.

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    1. I'm really just team "let's all be friends." xD

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  14. I loved Civil War. And cried so hard over Bucky and Steve and Tony (mostly Bucky though). SPOILER: I seriously thought that Tony had killed Bucky in that one scene and my friends had to hold me because I was sobbing so hard and making loud, ugly crying sounds in the theater and it was awful. Mah poor baby.

    It was sooooooo so so so good though!!! I cannot wait for the Spider Man and Black Panther movies now LKASHGSLKHG!!! AND SCARLETTVISION AH YIS. I SHIP IT SO HARD.

    Regarding my team....I can't decide between Team Cap and Team Bucky. XD

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    1. Team Bucky is always a good team to be on. *nodnod*

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  15. Right? I just need the entire gang to get back together. I'm curious to see how it all works out for the next Avengers war and OMG Bucky had better get everything sorted out. :)

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    1. I just...I just want everything to be happy and worked out. Please, Marvel.

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  16. I'm team Ironman too! This movie was great loved it, especially all the banter between the characters.

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  17. I'm more Team Cap myself (though I hope to see it again before I write a post about why), BUT I TOTALLY AGREE ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE <3 This movie is so, so good. AND YES TO ALL THE CHARRIES. I never liked Iron Man much, but I've never cared about him as much as I did in this movie. They did a fantastic job with all the charries in this one.

    Bucky though <3 </3 "I remember all of them."


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