Captain America: Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War was all the fun that I thought that the second Avengers movie was going to be.  It tells a multi-character, massive epic that juggles all of its various threads effortlessly.  When the character roster had been announced, I thought it was going to be a muddled mess of a movie, more concerned with spectacle than with the actual story at its center.  And while there is spectacle to be had, the third Captain America movie is one of the best offerings that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer.

For those unfamiliar with the progression of the stories from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the good deeds performed by the Avengers (the team of superheroes that includes Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Window and others) have received criticism by governments all around the world due to collateral damage that has left civilians in the wake of their conflicts dead and wounded.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is a strange sort of disappointment of a movie in that it’s definitely not bad, because it really isn’t, but it’s a movie that seems to be on autopilot for a good chunk of it. Its heart isn’t in it, yet it still has a vibrancy and a life that wants to be so much more.

Marvel, as a film studio, has made some really good movies (The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy being surprise hits), and they’ve made some mediocre movies, but they have never really made a bad movie. Even their laziest outing beats the shit out of whatever the hell Transformers sequel that ends up coming out every couple years. Did the last one have dinosaurs in it? Jesus Christ.

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