I DECLARE WAR1 of 12This week, Marvel unveiled the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War - and boy, it's a doozy.
The trailer puts a major focus on the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man - after all, that's the heart of the story - but it also gives us our first glimpse of several major new players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and drops some big hints about why Cap and Tony are fighting in the first place.
Since we're not immune to powerful charms of a good trailer, we here at Newsarama have watched the clip about a million times since its debut, and we've taken it on ourselves to pull out ten things worth noticing in the Captain America: Civil War trailer.
SPIDER-MAN2 of 12For fans who have followed news about Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man’s presence in the film is a major plot point. Not only will Civil War mark the debut of Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker, it will also mark the first time he’s appeared alongside his fellow Marvel heroes.
So why no Spider-Man in the trailer? Well, for one thing, his appearance would likely overshadow the actual point of the trailer – the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man. But also, for the general public, Spider-Man’s appearance in the film will likely be something of a surprise, or at least something to be trotted out much later in marketing.
But Spider-Man isn’t the only thing missing from the Civil War trailer…
WHAT'S MISSING?3 of 12Spider-Man may be the highest profile absence from the Captain America: Civil War trailer, but he’s not the only character who hasn’t debuted just yet. For one thing, Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo remains largely a mystery, as he's completely absent from this trailer, as does Frank Grillo's villainous Crossbones.
Meanwhile Martin Freeman, whose role is still unrevealed, is glimpsed for no more than a split second standing alongside Sharon Carter, waiting for Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson.
Not only that, but Iron Man’s squad remains something of a mystery. We can tell from context clues that Black Panther and Black Widow will likely join forces with Tony, but aside from War Machine, his actual team is still in question. Meanwhile, Ant-Man, whose alliance with Captain America began behind the scenes in his own movie, also has yet to appear in official marketing.
"THUNDERBOLT" ROSS4 of 12Ever since it was announced that William Hurt would reprise his role as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross from The Incredible Hulk, fans have speculated that he’ll become Red Hulk at some point in Captain America: Civil War. While this first trailer holds no clue as to whether that theory will pan out, “Thunderbolt” Ross does make an appearance – delivering the film’s version of the Super-Human Registration Act to Steve Rogers.
If General Ross is allied with Tony Stark, it makes sense. He and Stark have had an alliance since the end of The Incredible Hulk when Stark approached him about the nascent Avengers Initiative. Captain America: Civil War could be the moment when that long dormant plot thread finally comes into play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE5 of 12When the superhero civil war happened in comic books, there were more than a few casualties, and Captain America: Civil War will likely be no different. In fact, the first victim of the conflict may be visible in the trailer.
Part way through the trailer, there’s a shot of Tony Stark cradling his friend James Rhodes, A.K.A. War Machine as the latter lies unconscious in his battered armor. While it seems unlikely that Rhodes would die at the hands of Cap’s team, his fate may be yet another nail in the coffin of the friendship between Stark and Steve Rogers.
THE AVENGERS6 of 12This may be Captain America’s movie, but the Avengers are a big part of it. From the shot of Avengers tower, to the heroes that will eventually make up Captain America and Iron Man’s separate teams, this is a continuation of the meta-story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Avengers: Age of Ultron left the team in a strange place, with most of the founding members departing, leaving Captain America leading a squad of newcomers. Captain America: Civil War will undoubtedly leave the team in ever more dire straits, setting the stage for Avengers: Infinity War.
CAPTAIN AMERICA'S TEAM7 of 12Though Tony Stark’s squad isn’t revealed in the Captain America: Civil War trailer, Cap’s team is on full display. While it’s pretty easy to predict most of the heroes joining up with Captain America, there are a few surprises.
For instance, Hawkeye seems to have joined up with Cap, while his best friend – and Cap’s occasional partner – Black Widow looks to be on Tony’s team.
In addition to Hawkeye, Cap’s squad consists of Scarlet Witch, Falcon, and the newly rehabilitated Bucky. No sign yet of Ant-Man, who will presumably join Cap’s team at some point in the film.
BLACK PANTHER8 of 12One of the most high profile debuts in Captain America: Civil War is sure to be Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. While we only get a glimpse of the Wakandan monarch in the trailer, Panther is quite a sight, dropkicking Winter Soldier into the dirt.
This suggests that Panther will find himself allied with Tony Stark, but there’s a chance he’ll find himself caught between the two heroes at war, as the lead up to the film has cast Black Panther as the third side of a triangle with Stark and Rogers.
BUCKY9 of 12It’s established pretty quickly in the Captain America: Civil War trailer that Cap’s former sidekick Bucky will, at some point, break free of the Hydra programming that transformed him into the villainous Winter Soldier. In fact, the relationship between Cap and Bucky seems to be pretty central to the story of Civil War.
But is there more going on than meets the eye? Bucky’s fugitive status seems to be one of the driving forces behind the conflict between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, but there must be more to the story. After all, there is the little matter of “The Accords”…
THE SOKOVIA ACCORDS10 of 12Though the trailer for Captain America: Civil War seems to frame the conflict between Cap and Tony Stark as centering on the fate of Bucky, judging by the title on the agreement hoisted on Captain America by “Thunderbolt” Ross, the film’s version of the Super-Human Registration Act may stem more directly from the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Called “The Sokovia Accords,” the act designed to police superhuman activity directly references the city which Ultron decimated in his attempt to destroy all human life on Earth. So while the attempt to capture Bucky may be the thing that drives Captain America to defy The Accords, there’s a much bigger picture for the film.
CAPTAIN AMERICA11 of 12This one may seem like a no-brainer, but given how many fans seem to be thinking of Captain America: Civil War as “Avengers 2.5,” the fact that the first trailer places so much emphasis on Civil War as Captain America’s story is important.
Of course, the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are present – especially Tony Stark, obviously – but the journey at the heart of the film belongs to Steve Rogers and his supporting cast. So while Civil War may be the next big step in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s very much a true Captain America film.
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