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Christmas has come early for all Marvel fans as the highly anticipated trailer for Captain America: Civil War has arrived. I have been waiting eagerly for this to drop and I am in no way disappointed. So let’s have a look:
My first impressions are that it is awesome.
I am a huge Marvel fan and hold the Captain America series very highly in the pantheon of comic books movies and the third instalment looks as if it could be the best yet.
The Captain America series, which kicked off with The First Avenger in 2011 was followed by the politically charged sequel, The Winter Soldier, last year. Now it is time to pick up where things left off and follows closely after the fallout of the Sokovia disaster in Age of Ultron and subsequent outcry for stricter protocols on superheroes.
So let’s go through this thing:
We kick off with the scene we saw at the end of Ant-Man, Bucky (aka The Winter Soldier) is held by Cap and Falcon and he seems to have his memory back. Very exciting. We all know he went a bit ape-shit before but to be honest, he wasn’t himself. Captured, brain-washed and experimented on by Hydra, he was transformed into a killing machine. Now he’s back to good old Bucky (with an impressive left hook).
Next we see William Hurt portraying the role of General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, proclaiming that many see Cap and other Avengers as vigilantes rather than heroes. Hurt reprises the role of Thunderbolt after appearing in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (the one with Ed Norton that was a lot of meh). We can see him pass along the ‘Sokovia Accords” which I’m guessing is the MCU’s version of the “Superhero Registration Act” of the comics. In the comics this law required those with naturally occurring superhuman abilities, super abilities acquired through science or magic (including extraterrestrials and gods), and even non-super powered humans using exotic technology, such as Iron Man, to register as “living weapons of mass destruction.”
It also seems that with Ultron out of the picture, Ross and the government want to make an example out of Bucky for his previous crimes and this is what Cap has a problem with.
Enter Iron Man, “If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys”. And so we get our first face off. On Team Cap he’s joined by Falcon, Bucky, Scarlett Witch and Hawkeye while on the other we have Team Iron Man with War Machine and Black Panther.
Side Note: Black Panther looks fantastic, a simplified suit, a killer head piece, ass-kicking martial arts and it seems like he’s running quicker than a car at full tilt.
Some pretty cool snippets of fight scenes, including Johansson’s Black Widow kicking an unrecognisable foe’s ass, lead up to that heart-clenching look at Iron Man and a beaten James Rhodes with Cap’s voice-over saying “Sorry Tony, you know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice. But he’s my friend.”
“So was I” – Was? *starts to blubber*
That final fight scene with Bucky and Cap teaming up against Tony is something that will pull at the heartstrings of MCU fans. “But, they’re friends….” whimpers the young boys and girls watching this on their mommy’s iPad. No kids, this is Civil War. There’re no more Avengers, no more friends and no more rules.
So in conclusion. I have watched that several times now and I am in a constant state of goosebumps. It looks amazing. Well played Marvel.
There are still plenty of questions and even characters to come into this too. We don’t know what side Black Widow is fighting on, we only see a second of Spider-Man (at 1.56 I’m pretty sure that’s him jumping the car) but we can’t see his face, or suit. Ant-Man is nowhere to be seen although he could be in many of those scenes. Will the Hulk make an appearance? We know the Vision is in it but no sign of him either. Both Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) play villainous roles but, with the amount of infighting, I don’t know where they are going to fit in. No sign either of the return of Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 or a sighting of Martin Freeman in his first Marvel production.
Right, I need to go cool off. I’ll talk to you next week on the next Supermovies News.