"Captain America: Civil War" takes a number of different approaches to telling the story of one of Marvel's most popular characters. There are a number of major subplots that are developed throughout the film. At the same time, there are also a number of minor subplots that seem to be thrown in at the last minute. Many of these subplots have their own set of characters and take place in parallel with the main plot. These subplots are discussed in this review.
When the superhero team of Avengers cause major collateral damage during a mission, political pressure mounts to put in place a new system of oversight when the superhero team members take part in violent crimes. The new, stricter status quo deepens divisions within the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheros should be free to fight crime on their own without government intervention. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), however, strongly disagrees and supports government oversight as a way to ensure superheroes do not cause collateral damage or lose their moral compass.
Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), a member of Cap's team, believes the current oversight regime is too strict and is more concerned about the image of the government and its relationship with superheroes. He feels that Cap's argument for a stronger oversight regime is more based on personal self-interests. When Cap threatens to quit if Hawkeye is allowed to join, Hawkeye relents and accepts to serve in the oversight committee. Meanwhile, Dr. Ultron (Paul Bettany) also joins the committee and becomes a constant thorn in Cap's side.
The Avengers' fight against Ultron culminates in the climax of the film. After having successfully hacked into the systems of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and SHIELD, Ultron launches an assault on the Helicarrier that carries him and the captured Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) to the top of it where Cap battles the robotic menace. in a climactic battle that is equal parts spectacle and intense action.
As a group, the Avengers save the day, but the threat they confront remains. of course, the question of whether or not they should have the freedom to fight crime on their own or should be subject to the watchful eye of their government. is still up in the air. As a result of this conflict, we learn that even though Cap does not want the oversight regime to be put in place, he is willing to accept responsibility for his actions. by joining the oversight committee. This sets the stage for the conclusion of "Civil War."
Overall, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" provides us with a lot to think about in terms of government oversight, superheroes fighting villains, the dangers of superheros taking innocent lives, and the power of teamwork. It's well worth seeing with friends and family. As long as you have time.