I liked Civil War, but I think we’ve reached that moment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where things start to get muddy. While I’ve been good about keeping up with most of these movies, I did miss out on Age of Ultron. And skipping just that one movie already caused a lot of confusion here. Like, who the heck is Vision? Where did he come from? This felt more like a sequel to Age of Ultron than a sequel to the last Captain America movie, which is a little annoying, because… well… this is being branded as a Captain America movie! And yet it is just as much a story about Iron Man as it is a story about the Captain.
This could easily be overwhelming for viewers who passed on more movies than I did. If you didn’t see Ant-Man, for instance, his introduction would have absolutely no effect on you, and his powers would seemingly come out of nowhere. However, I really enjoyed the brief humor Ant-Man brought to the movie. He and Spider-Man collectively stole the show and helped balance out Civil War’s otherwise gloomy mood. The inter-fighting made sense for the most part, though. The growing ensemble was handled pretty well, and the action sequences were fun. The MCU build-up did pay off in the end. I just hope the next big Marvel movie doesn’t require quite so much foreknowledge.