Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl. In Captain America: Civil War, one year after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, an act regulating superhuman activity fractures the Avengers into opposing factions, one led by Steve Rogers and another by Tony Stark.
Development of Civil War started in late 2013 when Markus and McFeely began writing the screenplay, which borrows concepts from the 2006 comic book storyline Civil War. The Russo brothers were brought back to direct in early 2014 after positive reactions to test screenings of The Winter Soldier. The film’s title was revealed in October 2014 and Downey was added to the cast, with additional cast members joining the film in the following months. The film began principal photography in April 2015 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia and the Metro Atlanta area, before concluding in Germany in August 2015.
Captain America: Civil War held its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 12, 2016. It was released internationally on April 27, and is scheduled to be released in North America on May 6, in 3D, IMAX 3D, D-Box theaters and premium large formats.
In 1991, Hydra sends the brainwashed Bucky Barnes to kill a motorist a steal a case full of super soldier serum from his car.
Approximately one year after Ultron’s defeat at the hands of the Avengers, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Sam Wilson, and Wanda Maximoff stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos, Nigeria. Wanda attempts to levitate away Rumlow as he detonates a suicide bomb, but the explosion destroys a building, killing several Wakandan relief workers. The international community responds with alarm and distrust of the Avengers.
At the team’s headquarters, Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross informs the Avengers that the United Nations is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish an international governing body to oversee and control the Avengers. The team is divided over the accords: Tony Stark supports oversight because he feels guilty for creating Ultron, leading to the later destruction in Sokovia, while Rogers is distrustful of governmental agendas and prefers the Avengers to remain free to act on their own.
Unable to convince Rogers to support the accords, Romanoff attends their ratification in Vienna, after which a bombing kills King T’Chaka of Wakanda. T’Chaka’s son T’Challa vows to kill the bomber, whom security footage indicates is Barnes. Despite Romanoff’s objections, Rogers and Wilson track Barnes to his hideout in Bucharest and attempt to protect him from the police and T’Challa. Rogers, Wilson, Barnes, and T’Challa are captured. Barnes is soon released by Colonel Helmut Zemo, who uses Hydra’s trigger words to question Barnes about the 1991 mission, then sends him on a rampage that allows Rogers and Wilson to escape. Rogers stops Barnes and sneaks him away; when Barnes regains his senses, he explains that Zemo is responsible, and is heading to the Siberian facility where Barnes was held, ostensibly to unfreeze the other Winter Soldiers created with the stolen serum.
Rogers recruits Wanda, Clint Barton, and Scott Lang to help him. Stark convinces Ross to let him bring his renegade comrades in, and assembles Romanoff, T’Challa, James Rhodes, and Vision, as well as young hero Peter Parker. Stark and his team intercept Rogers’ team at Leipzig/Halle Airport, resulting in a huge battle, during which Romanoff allows Rogers and Barnes to escape. The rest of Rogers’ team is captured, while Rhodes is paralyzed after being inadvertently shot down by Vision. Romanoff reveals to Stark that Barnes was framed by Zemo, then disappears under the threat of being arrested for not operating under the accords.
Stark follows Rogers and Barnes to the Siberian Hydra facility and reconciles with them, unaware that he has been pursued by T’Challa, who had been allowed to leave custody. They discover that the other Winter Soldiers have been killed by Zemo, who then shows footage revealing it was Stark’s parents whom Barnes killed in 1991. Enraged to learn that Rogers was aware of this, Stark turns on Barnes. In the resulting fight, Stark blasts off Barnes’ robotic arm and Rogers disables Stark’s armor. Rogers departs with Barnes and leaves his shield behind. Content that he has achieved his goal of avenging his family’s death in the Sokovia attack by destroying the Avengers from within, Zemo attempts suicide, but is stopped by T’Challa, who takes him in.
In the aftermath, Stark provides Rhodes with exoskeletal leg braces that may let him walk again. Rogers breaks his comrades out of detainment and flees to Wakanda, where Barnes chooses to be frozen until a cure for his brainwashing can be found. In a post-credits scene, Parker is recovering from his injuries when his web-shooters project a Spider-Man symbol on his bedroom ceiling.