Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Official Trailer #1 (REACTION)
I have a sneaking suspicion that Disney/Marvel knew that this debut trailer for ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ was about to leak because all evidence prior to today pointed to this trailer being released mid-December to coincide with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. This trailer practically caught everyone by surprise and there wasn’t even a teaser-for-the-teaser trailer like Marvel have been doing in recent memory.
Either way, here we are. With the success of ‘Ant-Man‘ this past Summer, we’ve come to the end of Phase 2 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and into Phase 3 which starts by splintering Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and pitting them against each other in a civil war. But before we get to the debut trailer, Marvel dropped three posters for the movie.
I like all three of these. The face-off one in particular I’d love to have hung on my bedroom wall. Though I do find it strange how the one focused on Captain America has him looking so calm despite his shield being attacked by Iron Man as opposed to the action-packed alternative. But no matter, despite two Avengers teams facing off against each other it’s clear that the main focus of this movie will be Captain America and his relationship with Bucky Barnes. That’s right, not Iron Man.
The trailer opens in the same place we found ourselves in the ‘Ant-Man‘ post-credits scene with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) breaking out Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). We then have General “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt reprising his role for the first time since 2008’s ‘The Incredible Hulk‘) informing Captain America, Falcon and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) that the world can no longer tolerate their team working with zero supervision and with no authority and this is an ideology that Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) supports.
“If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys.”
After the events of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘, it’s clear that Captain America will stop at nothing to make sure his un-brainwashed former friend is safe and away from the authorities and this is where the main conflict comes from. According to this trailer, Bucky Barnes will be the central motivating factor for what happens throughout the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ and I think it’s a great way to make this movie, based off of a comic-book event that focused on all corners of the Marvel Universe, a story chiefly about Captain America.
But this story will involve most of the M.C.U. key players as well. At the end of ‘Marvel Avengers: The Age of Ultron‘ we were left with a new team; Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). I hope the movie opens with some form of Avengers mission showing off the new team and their dynamic together, otherwise I think it’s not a smart move that this team’s very first on-screen interaction with each other amounts to “Yeah, forget the new Avengers. Choose whichever side you wanna be on”. But this trailer, while not giving us any Spider-Man (Tom Holland) or Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) footage, gives us a glimpse of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) flip-kicking Bucky Barnes.
Yeah, there’s a lot of flipping, flying and kicking in this trailer. The action looks insane, whether it’s Cap kicking a soldier with his full body and making him fly through the air, the Falcon delivering a two-way kick before landing, Captain America out-of-costume holding onto an airborne helicopter preventing it from flying away and lest we forget the money-shot where Iron Man is getting beaten into the ground by Captain America and Bucky Barnes at the same time. You’ve gotta feel bad for Tony.
We also have Bucky punching Tony into a wall and using his metal arm to claw at the arc-reactor in his chest. I feel like that moment would carry more weight in this trailer if Tony didn’t have the arc reactor in his chest removed at the end of ‘Iron Man 3‘, meaning that there’s an arc reactor powering his suit but it’s no longer his literal life-source. But whether it’s the shot where an unconscious (or dead?) War Machine lays before Tony or the closing lines, it seems like regardless of who survives or doesn’t survive this movie, the emotions will run high as friendships and relationships are tested or, at worst, torn apart.
“I’m sorry, Tony. You know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice. But he’s my friend.”
“So was I.”
In the end, this is an awesome debut trailer. It’s cut incredibly well, we get some great action shots and the conflict is appropriately set-up. Many debut trailers for Marvel movies are a lot darker than the final movie would actually be (‘Iron Man 3‘, ‘Thor: The Dark World‘, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ and ‘Marvel Avengers: The Age of Ultron‘) so this could be the case again, but hopefully the emotions will be just as strong as the flip-kicks. It would seem that despite the great popcorn-munching action, special effects and off-the-wall storylines, audiences have grown to really care about these heroes. Let’s see if they can survive them being broken up.
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Posted: 25th Nov 15