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By Megan Bianco
The most anticipated blockbuster of the summer is already here, and it’s as good as a big budget action flick can be. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War was released last weekend, two months after the disastrous Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice—it more than makes up for that lackluster superhero flick and the other studio duds from the past six weeks. Themes like government control, guilt, betrayal and friendship are brought up again, like in Dawn of Justice, but with much more fluidity.
After Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) accidentally causes the death of a group of innocent people with her extraordinary powers in the middle of battle, Secretary of State Ross (William Hurt) thinks it’s time to finally go through with the Anti-Hero Registration Act. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) is on board with the bill, as he’s seen too many innocent people die while saving the world; but Captain America (Chris Evans) isn’t completely convinced, especially when the government wants his best friend, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), dead.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) are Team Iron Man. While Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) are Team Captain America. Civil War has many story arcs and characters running around, yet never loses its narrative. Both sides of the conflict are well executed, and there’s a fine balance between drama and comic relief. On top of that, there are plenty of exciting action sequences. As for the rest of the summer, X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad now have a lot to live up to.