The latest trailer of Captain America: Civil War is out. And what does it tell us? That we may be in for a huge superhero showdown. You know, just in case, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t do it for you.
The first Civil War trailer made it seem as though the film would be all about Captain America and his old pal, the now reformed (?) ‘Winter Soldier’ Bucky Barnes. To add to the plot, we had a few images of Captain America possibly facing a curtailment of his powers as Thaddeus Ross lectured him on how some people may see him as a hero, but others saw him as a vigilante. Cap was also made to sit through Ross’s showing him images of the collateral damage of some of his superhero missions — the destruction of New York (from the alien invasion at the end of The Avengers movie), Washington DC , Sokovia (from Age of Ultron) etc. And then, as a final teaser, we saw that there was some friction between Iron Man and Captain, leading up to a grudge match.
Well, the second trailer showed us that what we saw in the first teaser was a small, small part of what Civil War is all about. For one, this isn’t just a Captain America film — it could almost pass off as the next Avengers film, with all the characters from the Marvel universe they’ve managed to pack in. What else have we learnt from the trailers so far?
That Tony Stark/Iron Man may be behind a move to curtail Captain America’s powers
The second trailer shows us that Thaddeus Ross wasn’t alone in haranguing Cappie. Iron Man was there too! There’s a larger move to impose some sort of regulations on the power of superheroes and Tony Stark’s on the side of the state in this. Captain America thinks otherwise, and is willing to fight for the rights of superheroes to enforce peace and justice in the world without any outside involvement (Superman would sympathise, considering what he was put through in Dawn of Justice). With both superheroes on opposing sides of the debates, and willing to fight to the finish to uphold their beliefs, we have all the ingredients necessary for a super-powerful showdown. Yay!
All of The Avengers will be pulled into the fight
What’s a showdown unless it’s between superheroes right? And Captain America: Civil War offers plenty of battles, big and small. So we have Bucky vs Black Panther. Then there is the mother of all brawls between Iron Man, Captain America and Bucky (who fires at Iron Man at point blank range!). And the piece de resistance — The Avengers facing off against each other: Iron Man, Black Widow, Vision on one side and Captain America, Falcon, Bucky, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye on the other. And the two sides seem evenly matched until —
Spiderman makes an entry!
Yes, in celebration of the fact that Sony no longer has a stranglehold on the character of Spiderman and is actually sharing the rights with Marvel, we now see the webbed superhero (played by 19-year-old actor Tom Holland) in Civil War. And he may be a new entrant to the Avengers’ cinematic world, but to make up for it, he’s already picked his side — that of Iron Man’s. Can Cappie and his crew fight back against the others and their new ally? Well, we can tell you that there may be some casualties. Like —
War Machine. Who may die. Or not.
Both the Civil War trailers have seen War Machine being shot out of the sky (gasp) with Iron Man holding a very broken down James Rhodes in his arms, and looking like he wants to extract a suitably fierce vengeance. It isn’t very clear but it seems like Bucky may have been the one to end War Machine’s flight. So is this the end? Well, in the words of Don Cheadle, who plays War Machine: “It does look bad for Rhodey”.
Naturally, we’ll see relationships change
And we aren’t just talking about Captain and Iron Man letting their antagonism burst out into full blown war. Bucky and Steve have had a different relationship in their younger days, but the status quo has been upended. “Bucky was always looking out for him when Steve was a smaller weak kid who needed direction and guidance,” Sebastian Stan (Bucky) said to USA Today. “(Now) Steve’s become the caretaking parent and Bucky is more of an unstable child now — someone who’s really struggling to have more of a sense of identity and is totally lost and confused with who he is.”
The Black Widow-Captain America equation should also be an interesting one to observe as Natasha is clearly siding with Tony in the final grudge match.
There’ll be superheroes old, and new
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Paul Bettany’s Vision and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch are just some of the older Avengers characters who’re making an appearance in Civil War — apart from Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) of course.
We also have a whole host of newer characters, including Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa (Black Panther), Tom Holland’s Spiderman, Frank Grillo’s Crossbones, Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo, and Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross.
To mine obsessively for other nuggets about Captain America: Civil War, watch the latest trailer here: