“Captain America: Civil War” (Disney)

Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan star in a scene from the movie "Marvel's Captain America: Civil War." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

This turbulent comics-based adventure is more an ensemble piece featuring the whole Avengers crew of superheroes than an outing primarily focused on the titular good guy (Chris Evans). Yet, as the group splits over whether to submit to United Nations supervision — public concerns have been raised over the collateral damage their crusades tend to exact — he does become the leader of one rival faction, the other being headed by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

Co-directors (and brothers) Anthony and Joe Russo highlight the cost of even well-intentioned mayhem as well as the downside of pursuing vengeance. But the real point of the proceedings is to watch diversely “enhanced” beings pit their outsized gifts against each other. Newcomers to the Marvel universe may find themselves bewildered since the script does little to bring the uninitiated up to speed, while parents will have to consider carefully before allowing even older teens to view material best suited, in terms of combat scenes and vocabulary, to grown-ups.

Possibly acceptable for mature adolescents. Constant strong violence, including torture, but with minimal gore, a few uses of profanity and of crude language, several crass terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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