Civil War is finally upon up! Many of you have probably just gotten back from the theater after having just seen Captain America: Civil War and if not, you’re probably jealous of those who have! You’re probably going through your mind trying to remember the absolute best scenes and moments throughout the entire film. That is actually a pretty good idea and the following list is going to do just that – keep in mind, this list will absolutely be filled with SPOILERS so if you have not seen the movie, just bookmark this page until after you’ve watched it.
For those of you who have seen it, there are quite a lot of astonishing moments in Captain America: Civil War. Without a doubt, many of those moments are going to involve Black Panther and/or Spider-Man for many fans who have been waiting to see these two characters finally introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And indeed, there are some scene-stealing moments with T’Challa and Peter Parker, courtesy of Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland, and an incredibly solid script. Though if we’re being honest, the movie is chock-full of amazing moments between other characters.
The action sequences in this film are also probably the best you have ever seen in a superhero film. There is the heavily-talked about “airport sequence,” but there’s also the entire sequence with Black Panther hunting Bucky; or the emotionally powerful brawl between Cap and Iron Man in the third act. Captain America: Civil War is most likely filled with the best moments in any superhero movie – of all time. If you don’t agree with me yet, I am sure you will by the end of this list!
10. Bucky And The Motorcycle
During the high-speed chase that’s going on between Bucky, Black Panther and Captain America, Bucky eventually gets his hands on a motorcycle. But it’s how he does it that’s so amazing. Usually, a character would just run up to somebody on a motorcycle, push them off or ask them to hop off so they can take it. Bucky effortlessly snatches the cycle away from its owner and swings it around and hops on all in one motion. It’s a real quick shot but it is incredibly effective – and also a reminder of how capable Bucky can be when he needs to be.
9. Wanda’s Mistake
This one mistake is the action that sets everything else in motion. Scarlet Witch is able to contain the explosion Crossbones detonated and as she carries him up into the sky, away from civilians, she lets him explode right front of a building – blowing out windows and causing fatalities. It’s a powerful moment because up until this point, we have never really seen superheroes react like this to civilian casualties, and it hits both the characters, and the audience pretty hard.
Wanda, of course, is absolutely devastated, while Steve manages to remain relatively calm. It’s also just an incredibly honest moment – seeing a superhero character clearly make a mistake, especially one that ends up being deadly. Actions have consequences, and to display this is actually pretty responsible.
8. “Your Highness”
Nobody knows that T’Challa, Prince of Wakanda, is the Black Panther…until he finally reveals himself. He decides to take off his mask right after he, Cap and Bucky are caught by the authorities. Rhodey is the first one to fully acknowledge his face and reply, “your Highness.” It’s the first real moment in any of these Marvel movies where a costumed hero reveals his identity – and those who witness it are shocked. Along with that, having to see Captain America refer to T’Challa as “your Highness” was just a great moment.
7. Cap And Bucky Clear Out The Apartment Building
We get to see Captain America and Bucky fighting – but not each other. Since they are both super soldiers, Cap and Bucky bust their way through an apartment building, smashing and dismantling anybody in their way. This action is also fueled by some pretty solid emotion, given that Cap was previously trying to ask bucky whether or not he knew who he was. Cap is trying to keep him safe and while Bucky isn’t acting like a typical hero in this scene, he isn’t going out of his way to fight off Cap either.
6. Black Panther Attacks Bucky On Rooftop
This is the very first time we see Black Panther in the movie and the introduction is glorious. The audience sees Black Panther extend his claws and launch into a brutal assault on the man who he believes is responsible for the death of his father, T’Chaka. There is so much energy and adrenaline packed into this one fight sequence. T’Challa doesn’t even bother trying to explain why is there attacking him, and frankly, while watching it, you don’t really care. The scene is just that good.
5. Black Panther Confronting Zemo
This scene reveals how much of a sympathetic villain Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo actually is. He’s not an exact replica of Zemo (any of them, really) from the comic books. Civil War Zemo is pretty much a direct result from Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is a man who lost his family while the Avengers were destroying the city in Sakovia, and he wants revenge by watching them destroy each other. And rather than point his gun at Black Panther to try and take him out, Zemo tries to take his own life – before T’Challa stops him.
More than that, this scene also completes a bit of an arc for T’Challa, not necessarily a big one, but one that is teaching him not to be so consumed with vengeance.
4. Tony Visits Peter Parker
We simply see a smile on Tony’s face before we cut to Queens – and the audience already knows who we’re about to meet. This is when Tom Holland makes his on screen debut as Peter Parker and the actor totally nails it. It was amusing watching both Tony and Peter lying to Aunt May, selling some false story about Peter applying for a grant/scholarship. I guess Tony isn’t able to tell May that he came to their house to recruit young Peter for his superhero team!
It makes sense, somewhat, that Tony would be a mentor to Peter – they’re both geniuses. Not to mention how Peter beautifully parallels his uncle Ben’s death with how Tony is feeling – knowing you have the ability to stop something bad from happening, yet doing nothing. A powerless feeling for some of the most powerful characters in the world.
3. Scott Lang Becomes Giant Man
It had been suggested early on (before the film was released) that we were going to see Giant Man at some point in this movie, and when it actually happened, it was unreal! It was easy to assume that it would happen in the airport sequence, but when Scott finally grew, it still came as a total surprise. It also helped that absolutely none of this was shown off in the trailers or images for the film. Frankly, it didn’t need to be – there’s already plenty to show off.
Spider-Man’s reaction to Scott becoming Giant Man was absolutely priceless, and even the way Spidey tries to take him down was amazing. We get to see Ant Man on the tip of Hawkeye’s arrow – an image plucked straight from the comics. But even that doesn’t top Giant Man making his cinematic debut.
2. Spidey At The Airport
Everything that goes down in the airport sequence is amazing. But this long scene is also where Spider-Man gets to shine the most. His dialogue throughout this one scene alone is probably the funniest the character has ever been on screen. We get to see him interacting with and fighting a number of the other characters in the film and it is all awesome. His young age and his need to constantly talk are also pointed out hilariously by other characters. This sequence gives you everything you’ve wanted to see from the character and makes you incredibly assured that his solo film is going to be spectacular.
1. Bucky Killed Tony’s Parents
Among the emotional moments in the film, this one is probably the strongest. We’ve known Tony Stark for eight years now and know that the man has some daddy issues. This comes at a time when Tony and Steve had already come to a truce. But once Tony learns this awful truth, he is ready to go back at Bucky and Cap’s throat, and you really can’t blame him. We’ve never really seen Tony this angered before and the fact that Steve knew and didn’t say anything makes it much more powerful.
This is enough to launch all three of them back into another fight and as justified as Tony may have been, we still didn’t want to see it happen. This is just smart storytelling and filmmaking.