The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War has arrived and it’s a doozy! If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, check it out here.
Pretty awesome right? Obviously there’s a lot of stuff in this 150 second long trailer, so we thought it might be a good idea to breakdown the trailer and give you an idea of what’s going on and where the story might be heading. This breakdown won’t be chronological so much as thematic so if you think I missed something, make sure to leave a comment below or tweet at us! Now, considering this is one of Marvel’s most important events in the last 25 years I’m going to be referencing a lot of material from the 2006 comic series of the same name, so be warned:
To be fair, while Captain America: Civil War shares a few similarities with it’s print counterpart, the motivations that get us to this point are vastly different. Regardless, the destination is basically the same. After the destruction of Sokovia, the nations of the world band together to create the Sokovia Accords (aka the Superhuman Registration Act) which will hold any Superhero Operative accountable for their actions. To this end each hero must reveal their secret identity, work in tandem with local governments and help bring in any rogue operatives who won’t work within these provisions.
At first glance, this all seems perfectly fine until we remember this guy:
After spending years tracking down his long lost friend, Captain America (Chris Evans) has finally found and captured Bucky (Sebastian Stan), aka The Winter Soldier. A victim of Hydra and an intense barrage of brainwashing, Bucky is just starting to shake decades of trauma and programming. Despite this fact, the Accords would find Bucky liable for actions beyond his control and would most likely incarcerate the ex-spy for life if not outright kill him. Add to the fact that the Accords will be used as a weapon to blackmail superhumans into a type of indentured servitude, Cap has to decide if he can agree to these new rules.
Of course, he has a few friends to help him talk it out: Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). In the end though it comes down to one critical conversation with one of his closest friends that helps him put it all in perspective. Of course, I’m talking about Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). While Cap has slept through some pretty radical times, Tony has seen the rise of the super powers first hand and how destructive they can be. He has seen that working with the government has helped him save lives with the aid of his Iron Man suits. If people have to lose a few freedoms to ensure the safety of the nation and the world, how could that not be right choice?
Let’s just say Cap didn’t agree which has some pretty significant fallout. While his identity is public, he is banned from saving lives any more upon penalty of incarceration and possibly treason. Literally, they take away the suit and shield…
From here, it gets a bit murky, but lines in the sand are drawn and people fall down as either being on Team Cap (Cap, Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Winter Soldier)…
or Team Tony (Iron Man, War Machine, Black Widow, Vision, Agent 13 and possibly Black Panther).
Why did I put Black Panther on Team Tony you ask? Good question! The Black Panther is a title given to the chief of the nation of Wakanda (briefly shown in Avengers: Age of Ultron). As a ruler of nation that almost assuredly signed the Sokovia Accords, it stands to reason Black Panther would want to see these rules enforced. Also, let’s be fair; Tony needs all the help he can get. Who better than this guy?
No, seriously. He can outrun Cap.
And likes to kick Cyborg Bucky in the face…
Dude is hardcore.
Of course, this is all preamble to what we’re really here to see, which is the epic showdown between Iron Man and Captain America.
It’s going to be amazing!
Regardless of who wins though, the fallout of this movie will cast a long shadow on the MCU for years to come as friendships will be broken and heroes will be cast down. It also may prove to be the end of some fan favorites so make sure you have your hanky ready.
And remember, when you ask why this is happening. Cap didn’t have a choice. Bucky is his friend.
To whit Tony responds: “So was I…”
Captain America: Civil War premieres on May 6, 2016.
PS: This is NOT Spider-Man