Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel's Captain America

The third Captain America movie, Civil War, takes the pure popcorn fun of the first Avengers movie, adds the grittiness of The Winter Soldier and bathes it in the character depth of Age of Ultron. I got everything I wanted from this movie. Black Panther and Spider-Man are perfectly represented and woven seamlessly into the central conflict.

But what really surprised me was just how affecting it was. There were several times I found myself getting emotional at some of the character choices — from Natasha flying to London just so Steve wouldn’t be alone at a distressing time to Cap’s confession to Tony near the climax. The movie takes everything that’s come before in the MCU and uses that baggage to make an even better film than would have been possible otherwise. Because of this movie I’ve not been able to watch any of the previous films in the same way. It really does change everything and I love it for that.

Best moment: The airport fight is a comic book superhero fight scene come to life. Not just in the action, but maybe even more in the characterization and banter. It had never before been done as well as it was here.