Unsurprisingly, Captain America is not ready to give up on his freedom, and Marvel Studios’ newest movie shows that.

After opening with a flashback to a mission conducted by the Winter Soldier in 1991, Captain America: Civil War sets the stage with a present-day Avengers mission in Nigeria, which, like many of their other battles, results in huge civilian casualties. This prompts the United Nations to draft the Sokovia Accords, which requires the Avengers to either be placed under the control of a UN panel or retire. The superheroes do not agree on whether they should sign the accords, and break into two groups: those in support of the Accords led by Tony Stark/Iron Man, and those against led by Steve Rogers/Captain America. In the middle of this argument is Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier, who Rogers believes does not have any control over the crimes he has committed.

The goal of any good action movie is to make sure its plot isn’t too predictable or by-the-book, and Civil War does a good job of that. The Avengers’ adversaries, both each other and the villain, Zemo, are completely unlike the all-powerful antiheroes that they usually have to face. Although the first half of the movie doesn’t contain much action, the second half compensates with plot twists and fight scenes that keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Among these is one of the most stunning fight scenes that Marvel Studios have produced so far, with all of the well-known heroes facing off against each other at an evacuated airport. They are joined by two new characters: Black Panther and (finally!) Spider Man. Each character’s personality is showcased in this action-packed scene, which is sure to delight any Marvel fan.

Despite the film’s good points, however, those who are not up-to-date on their Marvel Universe should be advised to do their homework. Many jokes and plot points would be incomprehensible without seeing the previous Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, and Ant Man films.

Filled with the usual humor, suspense, and action, Captain America: Civil War is an impressive installment in the Marvel story that lays the foundation for what is sure to be an exciting next film.

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Trea Lavery is a Blast correspondent

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