It's fair to say "Captain America: Civil War" arrives in theaters with a high amount of expectations. Not only does Marvel Studios' latest feature teams of heroes against each other, led by Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the movie also introduces Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), plus a new live-action Spider-Man (Tom Holland), finally a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On top of all of that, it's a loose adaptation of the very successful comic book story by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.
Thus far, it looks like "Civil War" is delivering on all those expectations with critics, as it's netted a universal positive response on both major movie review aggregate sites: Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Currently, "Civil War" has a flawless 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, with 14 reviews calculated; on Metacritic, the film has a score of 84 after nine reviews, which falls under the site's "Universal acclaim" category.
Much of the praise for the film cites its use of past Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity. Variety wrote, "'Civil War' is nothing if not a testament to the benefits of continuity; this is the rare Marvel sequel that feels like not just a continuation but a culmination." Empire declared it "the best Marvel Studios movie yet," in the studio's 13 film oeuvre. USA Today was slightly more measures in its praise; dubbing previous Cap film, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," as the best in the series, but that "Civil War" has "the best superhero battle put to film yet."
The Hollywood Reporter's review contains some mild criticism -- writing that "charismatic actors as [Don] Cheadle and [Scarlett] Johansson feel sidelined through much of the story" -- but is still ultimately positive, saying that the movie is "overlong but surprisingly light on its feet."
These early reviews stand in contrast to last month's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which received largely negative reviews -- yet still has made a sizable impact on the box office, with a current worldwide take of $787.7 million.