Captain America: Civil War

Theatrical Release: May 6, 2016
Captain America: Civil War


Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts with Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

Dove Review

“Captain America: Civil War” is an action-packed thriller with the good guys fighting the bad guys and — oh, by the way, the Avengers fight among themselves, too! Therefore, the title “Civil War” is quite appropriate. William Hurt plays Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross and, following some collateral damage when the Avengers fight their enemies in a foreign land, he declares they must now answer to the United Nations. One of the people who lost his life was a boy who wanted to use his technology skills for mankind. Captain America (Chris Evans) takes the stand that the Avengers must go where and when they need to go. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) believes the Avengers need to be accountable. Thus, the clash of various Avengers begins.

A new Spider-Man is introduced in the movie (Tom Holland), and the humorous scenes feature him as well as the other team members. In fact, when Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) enlarges his size immensely in one sequence, the moment blows Spider-Man away, and his reaction is hilarious, if not a bit crude. In addition, Stan Lee’s customary cameo is laugh-out-loud funny. I won’t give it away, but I will say he mispronounces Tony Stark’s name, and the result is comedy at its best.

The gang includes not only Captain America, Iron Man, Ant-Man and Spider-Man, but also Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Bettany as Vision, and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch. The movie has a lot of cool scenes, including the one in which Captain America uses his immense strength to prevent a helicopter from taking off. A revelation near the conclusion carries quite a wallop for Tony. Unfortunately and regrettably, the use of strong language prohibits us from presenting the movie with our Dove Seal. Sadly, that is the only thing that spoils the movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Couple kisses.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-5; J-1; Lordy-1; Geez-1; S.O.B.-2; Go to H-1; A comment that "he would tell us to go to H"; H-6; the possible (but unclear) use of the "F" word; BS-1; S-2; Holy S-1; A-7; P**s-1; Idiot-1; Sucks-1
Violence: A lot of fantasy violence with punching, kicking, shooting and people being killed; soldiers get shot and die; gas bombs; some blood on a few wounded characters' faces; car chases and crashes; explosions, bomb goes off; fires and people's deaths in burning building; screams of people are audible; truck crashes through gate; shield bounces off soldier's head; grenade explodes on shield.
Drugs: Liquor bottles seen in a bar.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman in shorts.
Other: A man with a disfigured face; a "broad" joke; death, grief and anger; a man is brainwashed; strong tension and disagreements between several characters.


Company: Buena Vista
Producer: Kevin Feige
Genre: Action
Runtime: 146 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter