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We finally learn how the massive comics event is going to get shaped into a single movie. Things are going to get personal.
At last! A first look at Captain America: Civil War. And even though Chris Evans called this a “teaser trailer,” at nearly two and a half minutes and jam-packed with juicy details, this feels like a pretty huge tease. Let’s get into everything that’s in it. The video version is directly above, but if you prefer text and pictures, that’s below.
All About Bucky
In the comics, the Civil War event is kicked off by a group of C-list heroes getting in over their heads and letting a villain blow up a school. Registration (again, in the comics) involves both a declaration of powers and a reveal of each hero’s identity.
Since secret identities aren’t really a thing in the MCU, we already figured the root cause of the rift between Captain America and Iron Man would have to change a little. This trailer makes the whole conflict look much smaller and more personal than it was in the comics. We’d wondered how central The Winter Soldier, a.k.a. Bucky Barnes, would be to the movie and the answer seems to be “Right in the smack-dab middle of everything.”
The trailer kicks off with this shot, featuring Captain America, Falcon, and Bucky, which we got our first look at in the post-credits scene from Ant-Man. If you look closely, you can see Bucky’s metal arm is trapped in whatever that machine is. There’s a better shot of it just moments later.
It looks like it’s clamped down, or possibly even stuck via an electromagnet. (Is Bucky’s arm ferromagnetic? He’d have a definite Wolverine problem if it is.)
There’s a couple possibilities for why this happens. It could be that Bucky is trying to get rid of his metal arm for some reason, but given the fact that Cap is sitting him down to talk, the more likely answer is that this was some sort of a trap Cap laid to get Bucky to talk to him. See, not only does Cap want to reconnect with his friend from the 1940s, but it seems someone’s blaming Bucky for some seriously bad deeds, including what looks to be blowing up the U.N. General Assembly.
Cap: “You’re a wanted man”
Bucky: “I don’t do that anymore”
Cap: “Well the people who think you did are coming right now.”
In the extended look at this scene that we got after Ant-Man, Falcon says, “This would have been a lot easier a week ago,” and that even if they called Iron Man he “wouldn’t believe us” and even if he did, “who knows if the accords would let him.” It again points to Bucky being blamed for someone else’s actions.
Where Is Baron Zemo?
So who’s doing the things Bucky’s being blamed for?
One of the most conspicuous absences from the trailer – and there were several, we’ll get to some of the others – was that of Baron Zemo, played by Daniel Bruhl. Although a lot of the action in the movie figures to be Captain America’s team versus Iron Man’s (and that’s pretty much all the trailer shows), the villain behind the scenes is supposed to be Baron Zemo. And if someone’s causing trouble and blaming it on Bucky, you can bet it’s Zemo.
Let’s also remember that during Captain America: Winter Soldier, Bucky was a Hydra pawn. And who’s closely affiliated with Hydra? That’s right, Baron Zemo. There were hints at the end of Winter Soldier that Hydra was splintered, but still strong, and we saw it in the opening scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron as well. Hydra’s pretty great at pulling strings, and just because we don’t see Zemo or Hydra in directly in this trailer doesn’t mean his fingerprints aren’t all over what’s happening.
The Sokovia Accords
Next question: what are the “accords” that Falcon was referencing in the Ant-Man post-credits scene?
Well, in the trailer we get this shot:
That’s a big, legal looking document with the U.N. seal on it, and Sokovia is the nation Ultron takes a chunk out of in the final battle of Age of Ultron. As weird as it sounds, it’s seemed like the aftereffects of Loki’s invasion in The Avengers was pretty much confined to New York. But an AI superintelligence trying to smash the Earth to pieces? That’s global news.
The Sokovia accords are basically the U.N. agreement on how, when, and where superpowered people are legally allowed to operate. Just like in the comics, this is the regulatory document that’s supposed to reign in vigilante superheroes. And that makes these shots all the more important:
First someone walks by carrying Captain America’s vibranium shield. Then another person passes with Falcon’s flight suit. That’s why they’re in street clothes when they finally catch up to Bucky. The tools of their superhero personas are behind lock and key unless and until they’re being sent out on government sanctioned missions.
And who’s going to be sanctioning superhero missions? It sure seems like it’ll be this guy.
That’s William Hurt, who’s joining the cast as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. In the comics, Ross is traditionally associated with the Hulk, but with the civilian attire seen here, it’s easy enough to imagine a version of Mr. Ross where his military background makes him a well-qualified choice to head up what’s essentially a new S.H.I.E.L.D.
It’s safe to say that Cap going after, much less helping Bucky is definitely NOT a government sanctioned mission. Which means at some point Iron Man is dispatched to go after them, and Iron Man forcing the door open in definitely one of the coolest shots of the trailer.
It’s worth noting that there have, once again, been a few changes to the Iron Man suit. The faceplate is slightly different, as is the chest piece. Overall it looks like one of the most form-fitting Iron Man suits we’ve seen so far, too.
What’s really compelling comes right after this. For one, Iron Man already has a black eye from something.
I have to wonder where that came from. In this scene Cap has his shield again, so it could be that he and Falcon broke into wherever their equipment was being kept. Or maybe Cap just punched Tony after Tony said he’d like to punch Cap.
Either way, the showdown is real. Check it out. Iron Man must feel pretty confident taking off his helmet. Look in the far upper left corner, and you can see that Bucky’s got a gun on him.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this came right before the fight scene the trailer ends on. The peeling concrete walls look about the same.
It’s a little unexpected that Bucky and Captain America can hold their own against Iron Man, so you have to wonder if something else is going on here. Still, they do have Bucky’s metal arm and Cap’s shield. And they’re both supersoldiers. So maybe two on one is plenty to bring down Iron Man.
The most interesting part of this fight scene though?
Bucky looks like he’s trying to pull Iron Man’s power supply out of his chest, maybe trying to de-power his suit. And this might not be the first time he’s done something like that. There’s also this shot of War Machine torn up pretty good, including missing his power supply.
Airports and Team Players
In the background of the picture above, you can see a smoking airport that shows up all over this trailer, starting with a stare down between the two teams of heroes.
First, there’s Captain America’s side: Bucky (of course), Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye. Falcon is hanging around somewhere, too, because he’s in this related shot.
I have to wonder how much of the movie is devoted to Cap recruiting these other heroes, and for what purpose. Most of the trailer does seem to be about fighting over Bucky. It’s notable, though, that both Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch are heroes that don’t depend on much tech. Yeah, Hawkeye has a fancy quivver and some nice arrows, but kind of like Black Widow, most of his talents come from finely honed athleticism. And Scarlet Witch is straight up psychic, not much anyone can do about that.
At first it just looks like it’s Iron Man and War Machine that oppose them, which still seems like a relatively fair fight. You can also better see a few of the Iron Man suit changes here.
Notably absent is Black Widow, who earlier in the trailer definitely seems to be on the government’s side, encouraging Captain America not to cross the law on Bucky’s behalf. Maybe she’s just out of frame, though, because she does show up here:
And what’s with all the explosions? Iron Man and War Machine could be the culprits, but when you’re talking about the main conflict centering on preventing collateral damage, it seems unlikely. Also, there’s this shot.
Those explosions are the result of missiles that go wheeling through frame moments earlier – you can still see the smoke trails. We’ve seen Iron Man employ weapons like this in the past, but again, blowing up delivery trucks doesn’t seem like his M.O. Also, you can see Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch running away just left of center frame.
To go back to the pic of Iron Man and War Machine for a moment, you can see there that Tony’s face is already seriously bruised up. Could this be a scene from near the end of the movie, when Baron Zemo and Hydra step out from the shadows to try to take out a bunch of heroes all at once?
The other REALLY IMPORTANT part that shows up in this scene – Black Panther. The new Civil War trailer give us our first look at the character in action. And he looks awesome!
Somehow he gets into the middle of this hero-on-hero fray, because the trailer also has him going hand-to-had with Bucky…and kind of trashing him.
Keep in mind, in this same trailer we saw Bucky winning a hand to hand fight with IRON MAN!!
So that means that Black Panther is pretty badass. The other main shot we get of him is running from Captain America (and probably chasing Bucky).
It’s pretty cool that we get another hero that challenges Cap on a physical level. Iron Man has his tech, other Avengers like Thor have their brute strength, but Captain America has always been at the vertex of brains, brawn, and technique. Black Panther figures to outclass him in martial arts prowess and brains, and looks strong enough to compete in sheer physical capability.
What is IFID?
In the trailer, Cap storms a compound labeled “IFID,” with an “IFID Security” truck and a U.N.-ish logo. So the question: What is IFID?
Well, the internet might have been puzzling on that one for a good long time if not for redditor turnondruid, who posted this picture of (supposedly) the Civil War set.
Seems real enough, but question is, what infectious disease figures into the plot of Captain America: Civil War? The plot seems pretty packed as it is. There are several shots of U.N. related locations, so maybe Hydra has infiltrated the U.N., and this is Baron Zemo’s front. Hard to say for sure, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
The Missing People
That’s most of what was important and in the Captain America: Civil War trailer that’s worth a breakdown, but what about what’s not in the trailer. We already talked about Baron Zemo some, but his wasn’t the only notable omission.
Both Ant-Man and Spider-Man are in Captain America: Civil War. That’s confirmed. but I’ve been over and over this trailer and I can’t even find a shadow of either one. (Please tell me if I missed something!!!) Neither is likely to play a big role, and showing Spider-Man is probably way too big a reveal for a first trailer, but the Ant-Man post-credits scene seems to reference Ant-Man. He’s probably key in helping Cap and Falcon recover their shield and wings. Of course, some reports have pinned the reformed thief on Iron Man’s side of the fight.
Either way, expect Ant-Man to be more prominent in a second trailer, with Spider-Man revealed with a trademark quip near the end of said second trailer.
No vision on Vision
Paul Bettany as the purple android created in Age of Ultron is also slated to appear in Civil War but isn’t to be seen in the trailer. I’m really interested to learn more about his role in the movie. It’s hard to believe the owner of the mind stone would be a government shill, but equally hard to believe he’d join the chaos of Cap’s fight. Vision is so powerful he’ll seriously swing the fight in either direction if he sides with anyone. Although Scarlet Witch is on Cap’s side, and she’d be plenty match for him…
We also didn’t see Martin Freeman, whose role continues to be a mystery. Top rumors include that he’ll play Norman Osborn or a leading U.S. expert on Wakanada, the fictional country of which Black Panther is king. If either one of those is true, it probably means Freeman isn’t getting much more than a cameo in Civil War, but could show up big in the standalone Spider-Man movie or Black Panther.
This was a heck of a debut teaser. It gave Civil War a very intimate feel, and clarified a lot about how the story would be adapted into a single film. Start your countdowns now – May 6 is coming soon!