This weekend's Captain America: Civil War is the first binge-watchable blockbuster, which is praise and shade, depending where you're standing.
Civil War pits the patriotic hero (Chris Evans) and his brainwashed buddy Bucky (Sebastian Stan) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and a few lingering Avengers in a brawl of political proportions. Collateral damage from previous alien and robot face-offs convinces Tony Stark to put his super team on a leash. Steve "Captain America" Rogers doesn't want the government looking over his shoulder. Black Widow stands between them (despite not being in much of the movie). Boom: conflict -- and lots of it.
This is the 13th episode in the theatrical TV series known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a marathon of character fury and super-powered brawls. Each 20-minute chunk in Civil War has its own beginning, middle, and end, and like the mid-season arc of any addictive show, it finishes where it starts: in a groove.
There's no mass consensus on the Marvel movies. One man's Iron Man 2 is another man's Avengers. Case in point: as someone who put 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger on his top 10 movies of the year, didn't care for the beloved Guardians of the Galaxy, and thought Joss Whedon juggled the overloaded Age of Ultron with level-headed dynamism, Captain America: Civil War slid off my senses like Thor's hammer across Cap's vibranium shield -- the powerhouse hits land without so much as a scratch.