We polled our entire team and ranked every MCU film across six categories. We weighted each category based on their overall value to the success of the movie.
Plot - 25%
Character Development - 20%
Villain - 20%
Action - 12.5%
Intangibles - 12.5%
Supporting Cast - 10%
Film: Captain America: Civil War
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Rotten Tomato - TOMATOMETER: 91%
Rotten Tomato - Audience: 89%
Opening Weekend: $94,320,883
Gross US: $333,176,600
Gross Worldwide: $774,176,600
Synopsis: Political involvement in the Avengers' affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.
Analysis: One of the most thought-provoking superhero stories we've ever seen on the big screen that really gets into real world consequences of superheroes' actions. The Russos did a great job telling this in a way that you can see the validity of both sides and had fans truly split between #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan. Some of our friendships still haven't recovered.
Analysis: Even though there are a lot of characters involved, this is Cap's movie, so we're looking mostly at his character development. It was clear to him what he was in his first movie, then he questioned everything when having to adapt to a different world in Winter Soldier, now Steve has to stand up to his closest allies to maintain his principles and protect his lifelong friend. Civil War is an emotional roller coaster that tests just how far Captain America will go to fight for his beliefs, which we find out is all the way. That's the Cap we know and love.
Name: Helmut Zemo
Bio: Sokovian citizen who lost his family in the destruction caused by the Avengers.
Evil Plan: Make the Avengers hate each other by revealing that Bucky killed Tony's parents.
Analysis: It took a lot of effort to get the information he needed and to get all the pieces in place just to reveal that VHS tape. You have to respect this guy's persistence. Zemo's plan mostly did what he intended, so he was more successful than most other MCU villains.
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Black Widow by Iggy Azalea
Fly Like A Falcon
Shot Through The Heart, And You're To Blame
When I Come Back Like Jordan, Wearing the 4-5, It Ain't To Play Games With You
The Vision Collection at J.C. Penny
Oops!... I Did It Again
Honey, I Blew Up The Kid
Meet The Carters
Analysis: This is an unprecedented cast for a "solo" movie. In addition to all of the returning heavy hitters, this is the film that introduced us to Black Panther and Spider-Man in the MCU.
Analysis: It could only be the airport scene, but the end fight deserves some recognition as well. There is great action throughout the movie with so much emotion and stakes in every conflict.
Analysis: We hate seeing our favorite heroes fight each other, but the action is so amazing that we can't help but nerd out and enjoy every second of it. We've grown so close to Steve and Tony over several years and movies at this point, so Marvel is able to use that against us and really hit us square in the feels. KO.
Comic Pages Come To Life
Analysis: There's a reason this film is often referred to as "Avengers 2.5". There are so many characters involved, but this also acts as the perfect cap on Cap's trilogy. It's safe to say the Russo's did justice to one of the most iconic comic book storylines in this adaptation. Even if you aren't a comic book fanatic, this movie is thoroughly enjoyable and one of the MCU's very best.
Image Credits: Disney