WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
To say that I (and Meka) have been impatiently awaiting the official release for the Captain America: Civil War trailer is truly an understatement. I can’t speak for Mek, but I have literally been checking YouTube for any signs of the upcoming film in the Captain America trilogy daily, sorting through the stupid amounts of fake “first looks” and trailers. All this after knowing for a fact that the trailer would be officially attached to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.
There were the obligatory, amateur behind-the-scenes shots; nothing to write home about. It was last night, during Jimmy Kimmel Live that every Marvel fanboy’s wet dream became physical, when Jimmy – a self-proclaimed Marvel stan himself – gave the world its first look at the trailer for
Avengers part 3 Captain America: Civil War.
DISCLAIMER: There will be lots of spoilers from here on out, so tread carefully.
The trailer starts off with Cap, Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes in a room, with the latter’s arm stuck in some sort of vice – an obvious callback to the post-credit scenes in Ant-Man, where Sam and Cap discuss bringing in Iron Man to help. Ultimately, both disagree (because the “Sokovia Accords”) with Sam considering calling in Scott Lang/Ant-Man (the two met in the macroverse superhero film).
Cap asks Bucky if he remembers who he is, considering the massive showdown between the two following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier – to which Buck acknowledges their 70-year old friendship.
The gist of the story begins with a team of C-list enhanced individuals, known as the New Warriors who are shooting a “reality TV show” and attempt to apprehend a group of villains. However, something goes horribly wrong when Nitro, a villain, destroys a city block, including an elementary school and killing hundreds. This sets in motion the passing of the Superhuman Registration Act which ultimately tears a rift between Captain America and Iron Man, both who have had some bad blood brewing in the MCU since the first Avengers film. Tony Starks is pro-SHRA, while Cap, who already has a deep distrust with the government following the events in The Winter Soldier ultimately opposes it.
The Russo Brothers (directors of The Winter Soldier and the upcoming, two part Avengers: Infinity War) are reportedly taking the story in a different direction, with an approach on our superheroes answering for what happened in Sokovia during the events of Age of Ultron, known as the Sokovia Accords.
Former Army General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (from 2008’s forgettable The Incredible Hulk) is spearheading this initiative, and wants Bucky Barnes to answer for the crimes he’s committed. Captain America obviously won’t let this happen, while Tony Starks sides with former General Ross (not to mention, in comic book canon, Bucky, as a part of Hydra, was accused of killing Tony’s parents Howard & Maria Stark). S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra double-agent Brock Rumlow will return with a mangled face as Crossbones – a fitting opponent for Cap. There are also reports that BFFs Hawkeye and Black Widow will find themselves on opposite sides. The rest? We’ll have to wait until we finally see the film in theaters May 6, 2016.
Now for the more exciting bits! 19-year old UK actor Tom Holland will make his debut as young Peter Parker, with a brief, albeit important-to-the-plot appearance. Chadwick Boseman (42 and James Brown) will portray the first live-screen version of Wakanda’s Black Panther (f*ck yes!); the rest of the cast includes Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. reprising their roles as Captain America and Iron Man, respectively. Plus, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Frank Grillo (Frank Rumlow/Crossbones), Daniel Brühl (Helmut Zemo) and William Hurt (Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross).
Before you all sound off on what you’d like to see happen in the film, your expectations, trailer reactions and more below, I’ll leave you with this. If the below image of Ant-Man perched at the tip of Hawkeye’s arrow doesn’t happen (PAUSE) in the film, I’ll be pretty damn upset. Watch the official trailer again.