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I’m writing this article to prove my fellow Caravan staff writer, Roberto Del Real Jr., wrong: Marvel Comics still sits on the throne of the superhero kingdom.  Del Real, a big fan of DC Comics, insisted that “Captain America: Civil War” wouldn’t be better than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In my opinion, The Marvel franchise has given us one of the best movies ever produced in the action genre.

The characters that stole the show who haven’t been seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) were Black Panther, portrayed by Chad Boswick, and Spiderman, portrayed by Tom Holland. Black Panther enters the storyline smoothly, giving us a glimpse of what to expect in future films that may feature the African King.

Although we’ve seen two other Spidermans before his portrayal, Tom Holland is the ideal Spiderman. This Spiderman is definitely more comic- driven given that he’s much younger (early years of high school) and has the comic book version’s charisma and looks. His suit is even a new, modern style but still gives recognition to the comic book version with the size of the spider emblem on his chest. His web shooters were awesome. It wasn’t the classic “getting bitten by a spider” shooting a web out of the wrist, but rather a web shooter that Tony Stark created in order to lure him into joining the team.

Captain America’s team also was superb, with Ant-man making his first appearance fighting side by side with the other heroes. It was awesome to see him transform back and forth from the tiny ant to a giant man. Another hero that made an appearance but was more exciting in this movie than in others was War Machine.

The one thing that I didn’t like, that both Del Real and I agreed on, was that there was too much computer generated imagery in the film, just as there was too much in “Batman v Superman.”

On the other hand, there were not enough special effects to leave the audience in awe, and the acting was only adequate from some of the superheroes. The storyline was original, and the best thing about the entire movie was the final fight scene.  Every other director of a superhero movie in the future should definitely see this to learn how it’s done.

I would say that “Civil War” was better than “Batman v Superman” because there was still a lot to be surprised about that the trailers didn’t give away. Overall, the fight scene was much better and the the balance between having all characters on screen was perfect in “Civil War.” I would give “Civil War” a 4/5 stars.

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