6. Wow, that complex superprison is REAL easy to break into apparently

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Speaking of the Raft, WOW is that an easy place to break into. While we never see exactly how it went down, somehow Steve Rogers is able to infiltrate the place, knock out every guard, and (seemingly) break out all the prisoners - BY HIMSELF (and without his vibranium shield, even). How is this place gonna hold up against ACTUAL superpowered villains who might wanna break people out?! Steve Rogers is strong and has enhanced abilities, but like...Ultron had laserbeams 'n shit on top of being strong.

Maybe next time build a prison named after something more durable than "a shitty boat."



7. Wait - what's Tony's deal regarding his armor in the beginning? Why exactly are him and Pepper broken up?

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Tracking Tony's emotional journey through the MCU films is actually pretty easy and surprisingly well-handled for an arc that spans so many different KINDS of movies (his own Iron Man films, the Avengers team-ups, and now a Cap movie), but his relationship with his suits of armor is a little more confusing.

  • At the end of Iron Man 3, he blows up all of his suits, as Pepper Potts had (rightfully) been giving him grief over his dependency on them. He declared that he IS Iron Man, and blowing up his suits was representative that he no longer needed the suits to be the hero he was inside.
  • At the beginning of Age of Ultron, he's...back in the armor suits again, but like, really doesn't want to be (hence the creation of Ultron)? And Pepper is apparently fine with it. But then at the end of AoU, Tony retires from the Avengers - and from the armor. Okay! So he and Pepper are good and he's no longer wearing his suits!
  • ...at the beginning of Civil War, he and Pepper broke up, because of him wearing Iron Man armor suits again??? Except...he hasn't been wearing the suits. Unless she broke up with him IN THE MIDDLE of Age of Ultron and he just forgot to tell anyone? Or he started secretly wearing the armor suits between AoU and Civil War? I'm not entirely sure.

It's confusing and sorta baffling, but maybe this is just the result of hiring a famous person and not locking them into a 9-picture contract from the get-go.



8. No purple hood for Zemo?!?!?!?!?!

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C'mon Marvel - you've proven that you can have bad guys in their silly comic book get-ups and still be compelling, dangerous figures. Zemo's a brilliantly written villain - sad and deeply human, with attainable realistic goals. But I wanted him to accidentally glue a purple hood to his face REAL bad.



9. The ending is brutal and complicated. Like most real life disagreements, both sides are right to some degree - and egos get in the way of compromise. There's no tidy, pat ending with a clear path forward. Nothing is really solved - there's only scar tissue forming over the emotional wounds inflicted.

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I WATCH THESE MOVIES TO ESCAPE THE HARSH REALITY OF LIFE, RUSSO BROS!!!!



10. Wait - who's this "Spider Man" character? Why didn't we get an origin sequence explaining how he got his powers? Why didn't we get to see the death of his uncle (named Ben, I think)??? It's all sooooOOOooooOOooo confusing!!!

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Hahahaha JK. Spider-Man and Black Panther showing up fully-formed and awesome was amazing. No tedious flashbacks repeating the same story we've seen a thousand times - they just show up, there's some extremely light exposition explaining their place in this world and their ethos, and BAM! they're off and badass.

Kinda nice when these comic book movies respect the intelligence of their audience, huh?






BONUS NON-BOTHER! I've seen/heard a lot of people asking "Wait! When did Cap find out that Bucky killed Howard Stark?! They never showed that!" But they DID.

In Winter Soldier, when Steve and Natasha find the hidden HYDRA bunker holding the computerized-mind of Arnim Zola, he PRETTY MUCH explicitly tells Cap that the Winter Soldier took out Papa Stark:

So, that should settle THAT.

Now let's get back to the important issues, like DID YOU SEE HOW CLOSE STEVE AND BUCKY WERE TO KISSING IN THE ELEVATOR AT THE SIBERIAN BASE?! SO CLOSE, RIGHT?!