Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in Captain America: Civil War. (Photo courtesy Marvel Studios/TNS)

When we last saw our heroes is the way any discussion of Captain America: Civil War should start, as this often intensely enjoyable film doesnt even present any pretext of standing on its own. Which doesnt mean its not a funny, thoughtful blast.

On one level, it is a 147-minute hunk of episodic filmmaking, yet another chapter of an old-school serial, as much the next Avengers movie as it is a Captain America picture.

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