The first reactions for Captain America: Civil War are in: Here's what they say

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Apr 11, 2016, 12:14 PM EDT

Marvel Studios held the very first screening for Captain America: Civil War this past Friday, and some lucky members of the press got to see the new superhero movie in all its comic-book glory for the very first time, unleashing upon us a wave of highly positive reviews. The fact that Civil War was shown nearly a month in advance of the actual premiere date would seem to demonstrate Marvel's faith in the Russo Brothers' latest superhero offerring.

While not everyone was on board the love train for Cap’s (Chris Evans) third not-so-solo entry, the general consensus is that Civil War is one of Marvel’s best. Critics also seem to agree that Tom Holland and Chadwick Boseman both kill it as that friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and Black Panther, respectively, and that Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man is a scene-stealer (no surprise there). Of course, early screening reactions on Twitter and such for most films are generally enthusiastic, so we'll have to wait for the dust to settle a little to see what the general consensus truly is.

One thing to take away from those early reviews is that, even though Captain America: Civil War tackled issues similar to the ones found in director Zack Snyder's dark Batman v Superman, Civil War managed to inject a sense of fun into their MCU movie. With viewers having seen both films within only a few weeks' span, it's not hard to understand why comparisons between them abound. Check them out:

(The following reviews were collected from Twitter via and are spoiler-free.)

Mike Sampson of ScreenCrush wrote:

“Captain America: Civil War is so good, it’s a better Avengers movie than the last Avengers movie. I’m trying not to talk about Civil War by comparing it to BvS, but it’s hard. It succeeds because it's exactly what that film is not: FUN. The big battle scene in Civil War is an absolute blast. Spider-Man, as you'd expect, steals the show. Ant-Man, as you might not, a close 2nd. Civil War and BvS tackle some of the same themes and have similar beats, yet Cap works because we know and care about these characters.”

Germain Lussier, who writes for Gizmodo and io9, said:

“Captain America: Civil War is a complex mystery posing a big, fun superhero film. Lots of themes and emotions. Very unexpected & VERY good. I honestly don't know how Civil War works. There's so much going on but it does. Spidey is AMAZING. Made me smile & laugh till my face hurt. I'll also admit, after 1 viewing, I have some small issues with the film. I'm guessing they'll shrink after a 2nd viewing to unpack them tho. I could go on all night with this but one last thing. The airport scene in Civil War is probably the best superhero action scene ever.”

Here's what Uproxx’s Mike Ryan wrote:

“I liked it. Oh yeah, the big fight in Captain America: Civil War is cinematic joy. And Spider-Man is so great. He's in it more than I thought he'd be. I'm pretty sure Captain America: Civil War is my favorite Marvel movie. Really didn't think I'd care *that* much seeing Spider-Man hanging out with all the other characters. But there he was and it made me happy!”

Birth.Movies.Death’s Devin Faraci literally gushed over Spidey and Black Panther:

“First things first: we finally have the perfect Spider-Man and the greatest Peter Parker. Next: Black Panther is incredible. Boseman plays him as both regal and full of rage. The most serious character in the film. The movie is bigger in scale than WINTER SOLDIER but is so much more personal. The stakes are incredibly emotional. You have only seen 1% of the airport fight. The action is incredible. There's a staircase fight that turns into a chase that's an all timer. Finally: the last fight between Steve and Tony is unlike anything you've seen in a Marvel movie. They're both right. You just want them to stop fighting. It packs a serious emotional punch. I lied. One last last thing: this movie plays like a repudiation of BATMAN V SUPERMAN. A devastating reply.”

Here’s what Collider’s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub said:

“CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is literally going to make all the money. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is a Barry Bonds steroids hitting home-run by Marvel & Russo Brothers. And I LOVED Spider-Man in the film. LOVED. Chadwick Boseman is fantastic as Black Panther. Can't wait to see his solo film. He absolutely nailed the role. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has such incredible action set pieces because you care about the people fighting. It's not just punching bad guys. For press screening they don't show any trailers. We did see one after the credits scene but Marvel usually holds the final one for release.”

With Collider’s John Campea adding:

“CA:CW is fantastic. Flat out fantastic. Either my #2 or #3 favorite Marvel film so far. Better than BVS, not quite as good as Deadpool. Winter Soldier had a better of a story, Civil War better action and set pieces... I'll give a SLIGHT nod to WS over CW, but CW is incredible.”

Collider Movie Talk’s Jon Schnepp was even more succint:

“Just saw @CaptainAmerica Civil War!!! Wow! Spider-Man Rocks! Best Action Sequences in any superhero film EVER!”

CraveOnline's William Bibbiani had a bit more to say: 

“#CaptainAmericaCivilWar falls into a lot of the same traps as #BvS, but it's a lot more fun. What we get of #SpiderMan is played perfectly. The plot has problems in #CaptainAmericaCivilWar, no doubt about it. So do the plots of most superhero movies. But when it's fun, it's FUN. There are things in #CaptainAmericaCivilWar I thought I'd never get to see on the big screen when I was a kid. It's worth watching. So to wrap it up: it's not perfect, but it's a blast. Better than Age of Ultron. Not as cohesive as Winter Soldier. #CaptainAmericaCivilWar”

As I said, not everyone liked Captain America: Civil War, one notable person being IGN’s Jim Vejvoda who thought the movie was a bit of a let down for him:

“I have to admit it. Captain America: Civil War a letdown after the high of Winter Soldier. It's a better, smarter version of BvS. Zemo is another wasted Marvel villain whose scheme is, while not as crazy as Lex's, isn't much more coherent or less convoluted. Big airport brawl is great fun & Civil War sort of limps to the finish line after that. Panther is very cool. Want to see more of him too. But I think between this & BvS I'm done with being reminded of superhero battle collateral damage. We've dealt with it. Unsure if ppl will find Cap 3 as fun as trailers sell it. Tony was far more morose than I expected. Parts of movie work better than whole. Spider-Man is both the best & most expendable part of Civil War. I want to see more of him. Civil War is not a bad film at all. But it's not the great movie I'd hoped it would be. It's a good movie with many OK & a few great moments.”

Here's what my fellow Blastr contributing editor Don Kaye had to say about the movie:

And if you're wondering how big is Bucky's (Sebastian Stan) role in Civil War, the Winter Soldier is apparently the second lead of the movie after Chris Evans, and that his part is as big as Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) ego, which, we can all agree, is pretty darn big! Now, that news should make a lot of Bucky fans happy since he only had a small, albeit pivotal, role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


There you have it. What do you guys think of those early reviews for Captain America: Civil War? Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off on May 6.

(via Comic Book)