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The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have become the biggest franchise in film history, but it can be hard to shake the feeling that the series’ most visionary action took place in boardrooms, rather than on the big screen. Despite the massive scale of this 22-movie saga, and the dozens of easily distinguishable characters it contains, many of the Avengers’ planet-saving fights have been kind of pedestrian — in part because most of the major set pieces were pre-visualized on a corporate level before a director was even hired to handle the rest of their respective chapter.
And yet, between nearly two dozen superhero movies and several billion dollars’ worth of production budgets, the MCU yielded a handful of spectacular fights. For every dull and unimaginative melee, there’s been an inspired bit of comic mayhem; for every abominable Hulk fight outside the Apollo, there was a thunderous smackdown on Sakaar. For every “Mortal Kombat”-looking eyesore on the subway tracks below Wakanda, there was a breathless clash amidst the waterfalls above.
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If “The Avengers” proved that the MCU could work, “Captain America: Civil War” suggested how it might expand. With Earth’s mightiest heroes at a philosophical impasse and divided into two groups, the Russo brothers forced all 12 of them into direct conflict via a battle royale at a (completely abandoned) Berlin airport, which it turns out is a very unexciting backdrop for a battle royale.
The action itself is often uninspired, and it undercuts the urgency that even some of the characters don’t know why they’re fighting each other (Ant-Man’s animosity...
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