Captain America: Civil War

by Greg Vellante

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday September 16, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

"Captain America: Civil War" is technically the third film about the patriotic caped crusader. But, it's also the third "Avengers" film, the fourth "Iron Man" film and a prequel to both Marvel's upcoming "Black Panther" movie and the studio's 500th attempt at "Spider-Man." This movie was already cashing its checks before the funds deposited, because profits were inevitable.

In this day and age, where the mainstream moviegoer craves big-budget spectacle and name brand familiarity, "Civil War" checks off all of the boxes. This is a pandering product more than it is a film, yet I can't deny there is certainly an abundance of pleasurable, entertaining, funny and exciting moments.

It's all in the service of dollar bills and fanboys, but we all know it could be worse.

"Civil War" finds its title hero (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) at odds with one another after a disagreement over how The Avengers should continue to conduct their valiant efforts, considering every city they aim to protect goes hand in hand with catastrophic damage and devastating casualties. Episodic storytelling follows, aimed at setting up future Marvel installments pairs with scattered action sequences, including the largest and most ridiculous set piece the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever produced, all leading up to the climactic battle between Iron Man and the Cap.

Adding to my annoyance of how overwhelmingly commercial "Civil War" already feels are the bonus features included in the Collector's Edition (which includes Blu-ray 3D for anybody who still makes use of this superfluous feature). We've got the usual audio commentary by directors The Russo Brothers, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel that would be a lot funnier if they hadn't bleeped out all the swears.

However, the included featurettes continue to feed on the fanboy frenzy, not only teasing future films (such as an exclusive preview of the upcoming "Doctor Strange") but also trying to get you to buy more merchandise. Two respective featurettes (one for "Iron Man," one for "Captain America"), called "The Road to Civil War," basically just highlight the events of all the Marvel movies that preceded this one, making sure to let you know at the end that, A) all of these films are currently available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD, and B) everything you just saw was copyrighted by Marvel. The best of the bunch in terms of bonus features is a 45-minutes or so making-of featurette. But even that fails victim to patting its own movie and studio on the back over and over again.

Needless to say, the fans will absolutely eat it up.

"Captain America: Civil War"

Available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital HD