Civil War Trailer: United We Stood, Divided We Fall
Not long ago, the internet was treated to the second Captain America: Civil War trailer and we have a few takeaways from this latest preview.
As most comic book fans know this Captain America: Civil War will differ from the plot of the actual Civil War comic. Judging by the two trailers we’ve seen so far, it looks like Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers, the directors of this film, aim to honor the tone of the comic as much as they can and keep the heart of what made the Civil War comic what it is. Here are some things we noticed:
A Trail Of Destruction
What will jump start the confrontation between Captain America and Iron Man? Judging by the Civil War trailer, the Avengers will need to answer for the trail of destruction left in major Marvel movies. The new Avengers team is shown footage from the Battle of New York (Avengers Assemble), The Fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Captain America: Winter Soldier), and ruins of Sokovia (Avengers: Age of Ultron). The aftermath of these conflicts have caused the world’s governments to initiate a strict level of accountability to prevent future damage by the Avengers. Thaddeus Ross, who may be acting on behalf of the United Nations, presents the Avengers with a document known as the Sokovia Accords.
For those of you who have read the Civil War comic, the Sokovia Accords is Captain America: Civil War’s version of the Superhuman Registration Act from the comic. From there the situation escalates into a fight that fractures former and present members of the Avengers with members siding with either Tony Stark/Iron Man or Steve Rogers/Captain America.
Captain America v. Tony Stark
It’s interesting to see how these characters have grown over the course of their own films. The once reckless tech leader, Tony Stark, now seeks to take responsibility for his past actions failures. Steve Rogers still fights for his ideals, but has a more harsh view of governmental oversight because of Hydra’s hostile takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D. These different perspectives cause conflict between Stark and Rogers that will rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe and leave devastating consequences.
A Possible Casualty?
James Rhodes/War Machine’s possible demise has been one of the most talked about aspects of this trailer. I want to say this might be clever marketing trying to deceive us into thinking Rhodes may be a casualty in this film. That remains to be seen though.
Dark, But Not Depressing
This film is much darker than past MCU films, but it’s definitely not without it’s enjoyable moments. Some things we were treated to were more Black Panther fight scenes, Ant-Man riding one of Hawkeye’s arrows (a comic book moment comic fans will recognize), Rogers recalling a line from the first Captain America movie while fighting Stark, and last but not least, we finally get to see what Spider-Man looks like. His costume is inspired by the classic costume reminiscent of the original Spider-Man comics. It was pretty cool to see him steal Rogers’ shield.
It looks like we’ll be in for a treat in May! Until then we’ll just have to enjoy the footage we’ve seen in the trailer. Captain America: Civil War will be out on May 6, 2016.
If you are interested in learning a little bit more about the trailer watch Episode 3 of the Dim The Lights Podcast.