When I was a little kid, Marvel had just put out their Secret Wars action figure line, and my mom got me a bunch of them. I would have epic battles spanning the basement between heroes and villains and heroes and heroes and heroes and the occasional He-Man figure who wandered by much to their regret. It’s that kind of childlike super hero glee that fills you watching the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War.
Civil War is the film where consequences and collateral damage are brought home for everyone (and indeed even the pulled-punches fight here ends in tragedy for one Avenger), but for the most part the airport fight is where we drop that for a 12-minute battle royale that is without question the greatest comic book movie fight of all-time. TWELVE Avengers battling over the span of an evacuated airport. Spider-Man making a spectacular MCU debut. The action is spectacular, the fights are brilliantly choreographed to give everyone a moment, it’s funny and character-driven while being twelve people pounding each other through an airport, and all that’s before Ant-Man embiggens himself and turns the knob to 11.
Civil War is the best MCU film yet, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store when Stephen Strange, The Ancient One, and The Sanctum Sanctorum become part of the unfolding mythos this Friday when Doctor Strange opens. It’s so nice that we don’t even have to be nervous about these films any more. You know they’re going to be good. You know they’re chapters in an unparalleled film epic and some chapters some people will like more than others, but occasionally we’re going to reach epic moments and Civil War was the pinnacle of everything good about the MCU films through 13 issues, films, films, sorry.
“Does anyone have any orange slices?” Favorite line of the year.