“Captain America: The War of Northern Aggression” is a mash-up of “Avengers: The Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Iron Man 3″ with a few elements of “The Dark Knight” logic in the storytelling.
This movie struggles to interweave storylines from more than a dozen major characters and another dozen minor ones. Moviegoers will be delighted at the first major appearance of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), but the audience will be split on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Thematically this movie can be described as a smorgasbord of comic book action written for a generation of Ritalin and Adderol hyped kids who think these movies are an excellent political platform to discuss the ramifications of US intervention in a post-9/11 world; the responsibility of private military contractors (which is basically what the Avengers are here), and American “obligation” to defer to the United Nations.
I noted in my review of the vastly inferior yet thematically similar “Batman v Superman: Hey, My Mom’s Name is Martha” that the hero-versus-hero slugfest only seems to spring from philosophical differences and the basic fact that these characters do not talk through problems or share deep secrets before these things lead to bigger problems.
The plot is just as crappy as “Bat Ben Affleck v Nobody Remembers Henry Cavill, guest starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman”, minus the female eye candy. The pace slows down during its “Dark Knight” pontification, but the action scenes are amazing. ⅘ stars.