I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time now. A very long time indeed. Take a look at the first official trailer for Captain America: Civil War below.
I know, right!?! Go watch it again, I’ll wait. I’ll probably end up watching yet again while you do, because good lord I am into this trailer.
Steve – “He’s my friend.”
Tony – “So was I.”
Oh god, my heart. That right there is the pay off of a relationship that has been developing since before Captain America: The First Avenger was even released.
There is a lot to digest in this trailer, but one of my favourite things about it is that it is 100% a trailer for a Captain America film. In spite of the ensemble cast and huge scope of the film, the trailer makes it clear that this is Steve’s film through and through – dialogue is centered around Steve’s relationships to the extended cast and indicates how they might be changing over the course of the film, and I love that. It also looks very much like Captain America: The Winter Soldier thanks to the return of the Russo Brothers as directors and Trent Opaloch as the cinematographer, which I’m very excited about.
So what else have we got? An awful lot, actually. We can see that something called The Sokovia Accords exists now, something probably created in the wake of Avengers: Age of Ultron and probably the same Accords that were mentioned in the post-credits scene to Ant-Man – the reason why Tony can’t help with the Bucky situation. Are these Accords going to be the reason for the divide, or will it be Bucky himself? Or both?
We also get a lot of out-of-context combat footage (including an awesome shot of The Falcon doing a cool flying spinning double-kick thing), but more important is the scene where Bucky and Steve are laying a beating on Tony. It’s two versus one, Tony seems to be at a significant disadvantage (is his suit working properly?) and the fight doesn’t seem fun to watch – in fact, it looks like Steve is hating the fact that he is having to beat the crap out of his teammate and friend, and the film seems to be respecting that by making their brawl seem as uncool and as unforgiving as possible.
This trailer is so good that I actually forgot that Spider-Man is set to show up in the film, and I didn’t even mind his absence from the trailer. We also don’t get to see Scott Lang at any point (unless he is tiny in one frame and I missed him), but we do get our first footage of Black Panther, who is appearing in Captain America: Civil War before leading his own solo Black Panther film in 2018. Like the rest of the trailer, he looks awesome.
I was already excited for this film, but this trailer as pushed me over the edge into full on hype territory. Between the surprising success of Ant-Man, the ever-increasing quality of Agents of SHIELD and the legitimately excellent Jessica Jones, it seems that Marvel Studios can do no wrong at this stage, and I’m confident that Captain America: Civil War will continue that winning streak when it is released on April 29th 2016 in the United Kingdom and May 6th 2016 in North America.