Director : Anthony + Joe Russo
Year Of Release : 2016
Principal Cast : Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Bruhl, John Slattery, Martin Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Marisa Tomei, Hope Davis, Jim Rash.
Approx Running Time : 146 Minutes
Synopsis: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
For the purposes of discussion, this review contains some spoilers for Civil War. There will be no further warning…
Or rather, Avengers 2.5?
It’s a consensus among film critics and casual viewers alike that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the benchmark of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films to-date. At the very least, it stands with Guardians Of The Galaxy as one of the studio’s top efforts. Although their projects have rumbled the fanboy community of late as being somewhat risk averse, almost production-line, cookie-cutter stuff that’s entertaining but hardly revolutionary, The Winter Soldier’s game-changing twists and turns continue to be a callback by fans as what Marvel could achieve if they were willing to take a gamble. Winter Soldier co-directors, siblings Anthony and Joe Russo, were subsequently handed the keys to Marvel’s kingdom as a result, given the task of cobbling the comic-book story Civil War into a film version that would deliver similar acclaim and box-office, propel the Avengers story into a different direction (hinted at by the simmering tensions of Age of Ultron) and prepare us for the eventual Infinity War event – a dual-film project the Russo Brothers take on now that Civil War has arrived in cinemas.