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Review: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Is The Ultimate Ensemble Hero Picture

Finally, this is the Avengers movie I’ve been waiting to see and it’s not even titled as one. The third Captain America movie is not so much a continuation of Steve Rogers’ story as it is a continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

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Heroes take on heroes in ‘Captain America: Civil War.’

Nearly the entire cast of Avengers is present for this battle of ideologies, so there’s hardly a chance to ask the question of where all the other Avengers are in other solo hero pictures. There are even new heroes thrown into mix as well.

Related: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Roll Call: Who Are All These Heroes Anyway?

But what separates this particular superhero ensemble picture from the likes of The Avengers or Batman v Superman is that all these characters achieve a balance and a culmination as opposed to being overstuffed with franchise fluff.

The story centers on the events of both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Steve Rogers/Captain America’s best buddy turned Manchurian Candidate cyborg Bucky Barnes is still on the loose and is still being manipulated for terrorist acts.

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Captain America fights to protect his friend Bucky Barnes.

But there’s a bigger issue on the table; another international mission turns disastrous as the Avengers make one mistake that results in the loss of many lives. The United Nations bands together to create a document that will modify the Avengers to become a more regulated organization bound by more laws.

The choice to sign the agreement is an easy one for Tony Stark who has grown paranoid after defeating invading aliens and being responsible for many deaths over his lifetime, both directly and indirectly. Steve, however, has grown to distrust the governments of the 21st century and knows this will hamper his mission to track down Bucky.

Lines are drawn as the UN-approved Avengers cooperate to bring down Bucky while those that refuse go rogue to help Captain America reconnect Bucky back to his old freedom-fighting self.

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