An Avengers mission in Lagos, Nigeria goes horribly wrong when an attempt to stop Crossbones (Frank Grillo) before he can unleash a dangerous bioweapon result in a massive explosion, leaving scores dead and injured. In response to this tragedy, 117 countries came together and passed the so-called “Sokovia Accords”: a contract in which the Avengers undertakes to only intervene in future crisis situations under a UN mandate, so that collateral damage can be avoided. While Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Vision (Paul Bettany) speak out in favor of signing the contract, “Captain America” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) refuses. ,
However, when a bomb goes off during the contract signing in Vienna and the “Winter Soldier” Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is blamed, Captain America begins a race against time to find Bucky alive and before his pursuers. In the battle for the Winter Soldier and against a long-unknown foe, every superhero must take a stand, and both sides find new allies. As a result, deep rifts open up between the former team members, which ultimately leads to the fight between the Avengers.
Whether Captain America: Civil War is really the best superhero film of recent years will probably be a topic of discussion for a long time to come. However, Captain America’s third not-really-solo film already stands out from the crowd of similar films because their own deeds, entanglements, and dead bodies in the Marvel heroes’ basement lead to extremely personal conflicts. Consistently derived from the previous events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and told very densely, the Russo brothers bring a political and psychological thriller to the screen that offers suspense and great action and – not least thanks to the great Spider-Man – also through astonishing lots of humor shines.