Who are we kidding? We all stayed up until some pretty ungodly hours watching and rewatching the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. So the May 6, 2016 movie is still six months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited, right? Certainly we will chat this up online, with our friends and family, at our local comic shops, won’t we? Here’s your indispensable guide to the Captain America: Civil War trailer. Whether you’re going to work, school, or are just planning on calling it a day, you need to be prepared to impress everyone you know with your authoritative knowledge on the MCU Phase Three film starring Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans. This is that guide for you. And yes, you could call us J.A.R.V.I.S. But not the Paul Bettany/Vision one. We’d prefer James D’arcy. He gets to hang around Agent Carter!
Yup, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, the arch nemesis to Dr. Bruce Banner and father to Liv Tyler’s Betty is back. It’s great seeing William Hurt reprise his character from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. He’s in an authority position here and he tells Cap that “the world can no longer tolerate” his power without having to answer to anyone. The word “vigilante” is used and we, once again, see Ross doing what he does best – serving as a thorn in the side of The Avengers.
II. Sokovia Accords
Sokovia was the place nearly decimated at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s nice seeing the heat taken off of Superman after the Battle of Metropolis in 2013’s Man of Steel, but that’s for another piece. It’s evident that based off of the destruction of Sokovia that the world governments are holding The Avengers accountable. But judging from that shot, it looks as if maybe someone’s handing those accords to someone definitely not Captain America. Rings, black nail polish… Scarlett Witch?
III. “There will be consequences.”
And, from the looks of it, Cap may lose some of his perfect teeth. Tony Stark/Iron Man seems to be growing more into his father Howard and siding with the government. “Captain, you seem a little defensive” Tony says to Cap in a hallway and it looks like it could be the start of a fight. Did we mention that Tony says “Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth”?!?
Iron Man and Captain America have easily been the characters who have grown the most over Phase 1, 2, and now 3. It’s interesting to see Tony grow more into an authority figure on the side of law and order with Steve playing less by the book. Ross, in voice over, says “There will be consequences.” Tony and Steve’s falling out looks to be one of them which leads us to…
IV. Civil War
Yeah, we saw all of those hokey memes this summer. None of them hold a candle to what we’re going to see this May. Falcon, Hawkeye, Cap, Scarlett Witch, and Bucky are just a few of the heroes leading the charge. We know plenty more will make appearances such as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and that friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
V. “He’s my friend.” “So was I.”
Iron Man vs Captain America & Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier. Now that’s a fight. But don’t worry about Robert Downey Jr getting hurt because, as he said on Kimmel, he’s not in the suit.
Sebastian Stan is in the trailer. A lot. And it’s definitely keeping us boys and girls up because it’s Sebastian Stan. It’s no secret that Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier is a fan favorite, just as much as Anthony Mackie is as Sam Wilson/The Falcon. Captain America: Civil War looks as if it’ll be a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Winter Soldier and an even better film the Age of Ultron.
Bucky seems to be a major aspect as to why Cap is turning his back on his friends like Tony. There’s a terrorist attack shown in the beginning of the trailer. Could this attack be blamed on The Winter Soldier and that’s what ultimately puts Steve at odds with the world?
VII. Black Panther
I saw him. You saw him. His moves! He fights Bucky. We all can agree that Chadwick Boseman will be pretty cool as T’Challa. But, not much is known of him. It appears as if he’s a part of the larger scene showing The Avengers, but is then shown to be fighting Bucky. Have we given thought to the fact the Black Panther may be being used as a pawn by Baron Zemo for a short time and the whole “We fight” line isn’t necessarily revolving around Iron Man vs Cap? I would not be surprised if they team up to stop Baron Zemo and Black Panther.
And, let’s face it, we’ve studied the trailer a hundred million times. Iron Man and Captain America approaching each other in the hallway belongs to the same set that shows them fighting. The fight scene will only happen once. You heard it here first!
Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, 2016. But until then, we think you’re ready to go out into the world and chat up a friend and/or stranger about the latest from Marvel. Who’s side are you on? Let us know in the comments below.