2016 is shaping up to be the year of superheroes turning their high-powered fists on each other, with the selling point of both Marvel and DC Comics’ biggest releases being sizable dustups between the companies’ flagship heroes. While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features two of the most popular comic book characters of all time duking it out, the conflict at the heart of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is arguably the film that many moviegoers are much more interested in seeing. But could the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe really be its best? It’s still too early to know for sure (especially considering we haven’t actually seen it yet) but if past history and word of mouth are anything to go by, Captain America: Civil War could very well be the best Marvel film to date based on the following:
10. It Has Years of Build-Up Behind It
It goes without saying that the very nature of the MCU dictates that each successive installment builds upon the last, but Civil War in particular will tie together many different threads that other movies in the series have been laying the groundwork for for years. We’ll not only get to see the fallout of the uneasy rivalry between Captain America and Iron Man that’s been simmering since the first Avengers movie, but also major developments in pretty much every character’s story. You can be sure that there will be intense drama between Black Widow and Hawkeye — two of the closest allies in the entire Marvel film universe that find themselves on opposing sides in this new conflict — as well as the continuing relationship-building between Cap and his most trusted friends and allies, Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. By this point, we’re truly invested in these characters and their stories, and Civil War is set to deliver the most engaging plot yet.