The first verdicts are in, and it’s excellent news for Marvel: the comic company’s latest superhero blockbuster is being hailed one of their best so far.
The first critics to watch Captain America: Civil War, which is out in the UK later this month, are raving over it. Variety described it as “a decisively superior hero-vs-hero extravaganza that also ranks as the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe”, while Empire was more pithy, simply calling it “the ultimate Marvel superhero event”.
The buzz surrounding Civil War comes in stark contrast to the critical flop that was last month’s big cinematic extravaganza, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Where Marvel seems to have managed to do justice to the huge array of characters crammed into its film’s 146 minutes, DC’s effort – which was designed to kick off its own major cinematic universe – has been panned.
The film features an enormous ensemble – the largest yet seen in a Marvel Studios movie, with at least 12 major heroes and a bulging supporting cast. New additions include Tom Holland as Spiderman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther – who are both praised by the critics, and who will both go on to star in standalone movies later this decade.
According to Cinema Blend, the large cast itsn’t a hunderance.
“While the narrative isn’t quite as strong as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where the film makes up for it is in its tremendous character work – both in its understanding of who these pop culture figures are at their core, and having them play off of each other.”
Captain America: Civil War will be released in the UK on 29 April, a week ahead of its release in the US on 6 May.