Captain America: Civil War is a total triumph; a product of Marvel’s commitment to longform superhero storytelling, as well as just a great movie in its own right. In truth, Civil War can be considered a bounce back of sorts for Marvel and Disney after last year’s somewhat disappointing (though still entertaining) Avengers: Age of Ultron, as it fixes many of the issues that plagued that film. The conflict between Team Cap and Team Iron Man is definitely the most engaging part of Civil War, but this is also a film that isn’t afraid to slow down and allow character moments (many of them having been built up to over the course of multiple films) to be the driving force. While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers still stand as some of Marvel’s best output, here are 10 reasons why Captain America: Civil War edges both films out ever so slightly and emerges as Marvel’s best film to date.
*This post contains mild SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War.
10. Best On-Screen Spider-Man
Before Civil War, Spider-Man had started to feel played out in live action. After a decade of mediocre movies, punctuated by 2014’s laughably bad The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it was beginning to look like nothing short of a miracle would save Marvel’s webhead from stagnation. Fortunately, Marvel did the only sensible thing, bringing the character back under their umbrella and finding a way to work him into the plot of Civil War. Tom Holland’s time on screen may be relatively brief, but it proves to be more than enough to cement his place as the best on-screen Spider-Man to date.
Holland captures the joy and exuberance of a young Spidey perfectly and what’s more, his presence doesn’t feel shoehorned in, as he gives Tony Stark a variation on the “With great power…” speech that absolutely rings true. Plus, Spider-Man has never looked this good in action, as the fight choreography and display of Spidey’s various abilities reinforce why he is one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes. Of course, Civil War is much more than an extended trailer for next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it sure does a fantastic job of bringing Spider-Man back from the brink of cinematic irrelevance.